Barbara Parke, 80, of Westborough


Westborough – Barbara Ann (Magnuson) Parke, 80, of 3 Lyman St., Westborough, formerly of Holliston, died peacefully Thursday, April 26, 2018 at The Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Richard A. Parke.

Born April 23, 1938 in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Carl Alden and Elsa (Holmgren) Magnuson. Raised and educated in West Roxbury, Mrs. Parke was a graduate of North Park College in Chicago, Ill.

A resident of Westborough since 2010, Mrs. Parke previously resided in Holliston and Millbury. She and her husband enjoyed New England skiing in the winter and the beaches of Cape Cod in the summer.

Mrs. Parke had several occupations with various employers, including Access Technology, Inc. and the Town of Holliston. She was active in the Westborough Community Chorus for many years. Her hobbies included reading, knitting, and square dancing.

She is survived by her son, Scott E. Schaefer and his wife Joanne M. Schaefer of Franklin; a brother, Robert A. Magnuson of Brewster; and step-children, David A. Parke and his wife Patrice of Wilbraham, Brian Parke and his wife Shirley of Topsfield, James Parke and his wife Renee of Hudson, and Kathleen Townsend and her husband Gary of Auburn, as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Beaumont for their excellent care and compassion.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend her funeral service Tuesday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m., in the Pickering and Son Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough. Burial in the Gardens of Gethsemane of West Roxbury will be private. A calling hour will precede the service from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Please do not send flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation at