Mrs. Barbara A. (Collins) Walsh

  • Died: January 31, 2020
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara A. (Collins) Walsh of Stoneham passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Born in Somerville, Barbara was the loving daughter of the late William and Helen (Noonan) Collins. Barbara was a warm and caring daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Barbara was the beloved wife for 52 years of Joseph M. Walsh. The devoted mother of Jay Walsh and his wife Joanie, Kevin Walsh and his wife Linette, Mark Walsh and his wife Michaela and Kerri Moore and her husband Tom. The cherished "Mammy" (grandmother) of Ryan, Cam, Kyra, Tyler, Brenden, Will, Emma, Harper, Timmy, Riley and the late Casey. Barbara was the dear sister of Fran Collins and his wife Rosemary and the late Bill Collins and his wife Kathy. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family meant everything to Barbara. She never turned down an opportunity to spend time with her children and grandchildren whether it was attending sporting events and plays, assisting with homework, reading a book, playing a game, watching a movie, or asking about something that happened during their day. Barbara spent over 30 years as an English teacher in Somerville, Stoneham and Beverly. She dedicated her career to supporting her students in all aspects of their lives. She taught her family, her students, and her friends many lessons in life merely by the way she chose to live hers. Quiet by nature, Barbara's unselfishness was on display daily in her acts of kindness. Friends and family were never surprised to find a treat in the doorway, a card in the mailbox or a message on the phone, at the moment it was needed the most. She made everyone feel special.

Funeral from the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT 28) STONEHAM Wednesday, February 5th at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Barbara's Eternal Life in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central St. Stoneham at 10am. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the Family on Tuesday from 3-7pm in the Funeral Home. Parking attendants and elevator available. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery, Stoneham.

Please consider making donations in Barbara's memory to the Casey-Girl Foundation, Inc. 20 Susan Dr. Reading, MA 01867.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Joe and family. I am sorry to learn of Barbara's passing. She was a person whom I greatly admired and will miss seeing her around the neighborhood.

Posted by Marilyn Regan - Stoneham, MA - Neighbor   February 24, 2020

My sincere condolences to Joe, Jay, Kevin, Mark, and Kerrie. Barbara shared so many wonderful stories of you all. She was one of my most favorite people, an exemplary educator, an ideal mentor, and a warm caring friend. I had the opportunity to work with Barbara in her classroom at Briscoe Middle School. She taught me so much about techniques and various instructional methods, but I also marveled at her skill with reaching every student who was fortunate enough to be in her class.
She commanded respect and it was obvious how much she cared for her students and how much they admired her.
She will be greatly missed.
Fondly, Kathy Gillis

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

Sincere Sympathy goes out to The Family on their Loss.
A Wonderful, Kind, Caring Person and Friend. She will be missed by All.
God Bless Barbara.

Posted by Walter Curran and Family - Amesbury, MA - Family Friend   February 08, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Barbara. She was an amazing person and always willing to help others in any ways. My sincere condolences to her family.

Jean Coffin

Posted by A friend   February 08, 2020

Joe, Jay, Kevin, Mark, Kerri and extended family members - we are very sorry to hear about the passing of Barbara. We send our heart felt condolences to everyone. Respectfully the Weisse Family!!!

Posted by Duane Weisse - Burlington, MA - Friend   February 05, 2020

Mrs. Walsh truly cared for her students. She was my 7th grade English teacher. After our class together finished, she called my home shortly after the beginning of the next 3 school years to make sure I was doing well. She was an incredible person and an awesome teacher.

Posted by Brenden Clocher - Beverly, MA - Student   February 04, 2020

Ms. Collins was my teacher in Southern Junior High School in the early 1960s. Such was the impact she made, I can actually recall her words as she taught us. Ms. Collins married another teacher of that time - one Joseph Walsh, who I account to be one of the greatest instructors and mentors of all time. I thank you both for all your professional efforts and for being such extraordinary people.

Posted by Phillip Thompson - Salt Lake City, UT - Student   February 04, 2020


Fran and Rosemary, You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless Her and May She Rest In Peace.

Posted by Lorelei and Susan Margeson and Huskins - Norfolk, MA - Friend   February 04, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Walsh and Collins families on the loss of your beloved Barbara. We recall that when we attended the luncheon at all of the Bill Collins memorial golf tournaments at Chockalog, Barbara was always most gracious in greeting us with a "thank you" for being there for Bill and all of the Collins clan. May she rest in eternal peace. Rick and Mary Lawler

Posted by Rick and Mary Lawler - Holbrook, MA - Family Friend   February 04, 2020

Mark and Family,

I am sorry to hear about your Mom. My deepest condolences. Cherish the wonderful memories. She will always be with you.
Lois Perretti

Posted by Lois Perretti - Everett, MA - Coworker   February 04, 2020

Everyone at Harrows in Reading is so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. As a longtime customer, we had the chance to get to know her a little over the years. She had a quiet yet kind way about her. She never missed an opportunity to ask Jilly about her daughter, and was genuinely happy to hear the answer. We will all miss her.

We extend our deepest condolences to Barbara's family and we hope they are comforted by their memories of her. Rest peacefully, Barbara.

Posted by Harrows Reading - Reading, MA - Acquaintance   February 04, 2020

Joe, Kerri, Jay, Mark, Kevin and family, Barbara leaves a lasting impression on me. She was such a beautiful person, and her bravery was astonishing! I am honored to have met Barbara and will miss our visits. May you all cherish the wonderful memories!

Posted by Joanie Noonan - Stoneham, MA - Friend   February 03, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the Walsh family on the loss of Barbara. She was a very special lady and a wonderful supporter of the community especially the children of Stoneham who were fortunate to have her as a teacher. Condolences from the Svendsen family: Betty, Bob, Rob, Ryan and Darren.

Posted by Betty Svendsen - Stoneham, MA - Acquaintance   February 03, 2020

May Barbara's memory be eternal. God Bless. with love, The Davis Family

Posted by Heidi Davis - MA - Friend   February 03, 2020

Dear Walsh family, I am so sorry to hear of Mrs Walsh's passing. I had her for seventh grade social studies. She was a favorite of mine. In recent years, I saw her often as she would drive by my house, and stop if I was outside, She'd roll down her window, and always say hello sunshine and always complimented my hair. I will miss that. May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Cristina Zizza - Stoneham, MA - Student   February 02, 2020

Terribly sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was my seventh grade teacher which was her first year of teaching and later taught my daughter. She was one person who definitely made an impact on me. Very sorry for your loss,
Mr. Walsh

Posted by Joanne (Aloise) Anderson - Winthrop, MA - Acquaintance   February 02, 2020

I will never forget our talks of Stoneham history that we shared with laughter.
You always had a big smile for me and knew I liked coffee.
Rest in peace Barbara with love and kindness that you always shared.
My thoughts are with you Joe and family

Posted by Bill Kelley    February 02, 2020

I will never forget our talks of Stoneham history that we shared with laughter. You always had a big smile for me and always remembered coffee for me.
Rest in peace with love and kindness that you always shared with others. You will be missed
My condolence to Joe and family

Posted by Bill Kelley - Middleton, MA - Family Friend   February 02, 2020

Joe, Jay, Kevin, Mark, Kerri and Family,

We are so sorry for the loss of Aunt Barbara. She was a great lady and we will always remember her great sense of humor. She was always interested to hear about our lives and always had a joke or laugh with every conversation. We know how you will all miss her and we are thinking about you all at this difficult time.
Joe and Nancy Mannion and family

Posted by Joe Mannion - Broomall, PA - Family   February 02, 2020

Joe and family I'm so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was a wonderful woman and your whole family were the best neighbors you could ask for. Hope she up there with my Oakie toasting to a wonderful life they had. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. So many memories.
Maureen O'Connor

Posted by Maureen O'Connor - Andover, MA - Neighbor   February 02, 2020

Kerri and family,

I am so very sorry to hear this news. Your mother was one of the sweetest, kindest women I had the pleasure of meeting in my days of customer service. She was so genuine, and I will always remember our brief conversations over a quick coffee or muffin at Gingerbread. Thinking of you all in this difficult time.

Posted by Colleen Farrell - Austin, TX   February 02, 2020


I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your mother passing she is now resting in peace may god be with You and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with her

Posted by Lorraime Butler - Dery, NH - Acquaintance   February 01, 2020

Rest in peace, Barbara. You will be missed. I've always felt like a member of your family, besides being a good friend, to you, your husband Joe, and your family. I've been your mailman for the past 28 years and have treasured every moment. You will always be in my heart and prayers. I'm retiring the end of February, but will never forget you, your beautiful smile and your family. Love you Barbara. Rest in Peace.

Bob Solano

Posted by A friend   February 01, 2020

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