Nadja Dunbar, 97, of Marlborough


Marlborough – Nadja “Nelly” (Tarasewicz) Dunbar died Sunday, November 30, 2014. A longtime resident of Marlborough and Hudson, she was 97-1/2 years old and lived a very full life.

Nellie was born in Lawrence. During the U.S. depression her family immigrated back to Russia, where Nellie lived for several years. She returned to the U.S. on the Queen Elizabeth sponsored by the Russian community in Granitville. She moved to Hudson to live with cousins and repaid her sponsor with earnings from her employment at Braga Shoe.

She was a hostess for the Jordan Marsh luncheonette at Shopper’s World in Framingham and retired from her job for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a training instructor for the mentally challenged in Worcester.

She married the love of her life, William H. Dunbar, and enjoyed 59 years of marriage until Bill’s death in 2001. Together they travelled to six continents, 36 countries, and the 50 states while enjoying lakeside living with relatives and friends in Marlborough. They wintered in Daytona Beach, Fla. for over 20 years.

Nellie is survived by one sister and a niece and nephew in Russia, and a great-niece and her family now living in New York City. Her U.S. family includes her sister-in-law, Eleanor Sargent; nieces, Sally Deptula and Mary Bruso; and nephews, John Dunbar, William F. Dunbar, Jack Sargent, and Richard Sargent and their extended families.

Nellie will be warmly remembered by all those whose lives she touched through the years.

The family wishes to thank Glaucia Batista her live-in caregiver and friend for the past two years, and to all the support services that made her life more comfortable.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m., in Maplewood Cemetery in Marlborough. Arrangements under the direction of the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home ( of Marlborough.