Worcester/Northborough – It is with deep sadness, we share that Barbara Ellen Alliegro passed away peacefully, with her children by her side, on November 3, 2023.
Barbara was born in Manhattan, New York and was raised in Flushing, New York by Beatrice (Paquette) and Francis Harney and graduated from St. Agnes Academy in College Point. Upon graduation, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. At the age of 15, she became an opera student and later at the age of 19, studied under Professor Fiedler at Alfred University. In between, she met her husband of 64 years, Richard Alan Alliegro, and married in 1952.
Barbara is survived by six children: Diane Albano and her husband Dennis, Richard Alliegro, Deborah Bruno and her husband Tom, Bob Alliegro and his wife Kellie, James Alliegro, and Donna Franklin and her husband Andrew. Barbara has eight grandchildren: Anthony Albano and his wife Jennifer, Kathryn Hayes and her husband Thomas Thompson-Flores, Julianne Boschetti and her husband Nicholas, Frank Alliegro and his wife Maura, Molly Tuller and her partner Philip Nardone, Jennifer Calacuayo and her husband Lee, Brendan Tuller and his fiancée Taylor Helms, and Emilia Alliegro. Barbara is pre-deceased by her beloved husband Richard and her beloved grandson Michael Albano, who both passed away in 2016, and in early 2017, her only sibling, Joan McCarthy. Barbara has seven great-grandchildren: Alec, Braden, Declan, Adriana, William, Khairo, and Henry, and her newest great-granddaughter who will be born next year.
Barbara loved spending time with her family, especially enjoying holiday gatherings, summers at her home on Cape Cod, and times with her many dogs over the years. With family, Barbara loved camping, golfing, skiing, and boating with her husband, “The Captain”. Barbara and Richard traveled the globe, many times over. When her children were young, Barbara worked as a special education assistant at Jefferson School in Holden and her final career was as an estimator for Mayflower Moving Company.
Barbara’s love of singing and dancing was lifelong, whether she was performing in musicals at the Worcester County Light Opera and Holden Players, singing in the choir at church or the chorus at The Willows the last 6 years. Throughout her life, Barbara was a devout Catholic and a communicant at St. Bernadette’s Parish in Northborough. Barbara would pray the rosary daily, for her family and anyone else in need.
Barbara was the heart of her family – adored and revered and will be deeply missed. In addition she will be missed by the many dear friends she made throughout her life especially Darlene Sundburg, Bunny Tragolo, Tom Hays and the many beautiful friends at the Willows.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Barbara’s family from 10 to 11 am on Wednesday, November 8, at St. Bernadette’s Church, 266 Main Street in Northborough, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 am. Burial will be in Howard Street Cemetery in Northborough.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made in Barbara’s name to St. Bernadette’s School in Northborough, MA. For online condolences, please visit the “Tribute Wall.”
Miles Funeral Home of Holden assisted with arrangements.