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Barbara Ann Oldenburg

May 9, 1931 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Barbara Oldenburg Obituary

Barbara Ann (Maxwell) Oldenburg passed away peacefully in Westwood, MA on January 11, 2024, at the age of 92. Born on May 9, 1931, in Stoneham, MA, Barbara lived a life marked by love, intelligence, and kindness. She was the beloved wife of the late Lee F. Oldenburg Sr., cherished daughter of the late Preston and Mildred Maxwell, and a caring sister to the late Preston "Sam" Maxwell and sister-in-law Rhoda Maxwell. She was the loving mother to Leslie Oldenburg, Richard Oldenburg, Cynthia Murphy and her husband Don, Gary Oldenburg and his fiancé Cynthia, Diane Burton and her husband Mark, Lisa Hirten and her husband Marc, Lee Oldenburg Jr. and his wife Adriana, and Kristen Keefe.  She was grandmother “Gambie” to Justine Hirten, Reanna Oldenburg, Preston Hirten, Bradley Burton, Michael Oldenburg, Ella Hirten, Lauren Oldenburg, Sydney Burton, Seamus Keefe, Kyle Burton, Elizabeth Oldenburg, Aoife Keefe, and Oscar Oldenburg, each of whom brought immense joy and pride to her life.

Barbara's journey through life was one of joy in the simple pleasures. She was raised in Lexington MA where she met cherished lifelong friends Ruth Martin and the late Betsy Harris. After graduating from Lexington High School, she went on to study at Boston University and worked in banking in Boston before meeting and marrying Lee. Barbara and Lee settled in Acton MA to raise their eight children where they were active members of the small town’s community and big supporters of the local youth and school sports.

Barbara’s interests were as varied as they were passionate. Barbara was a sports enthusiast who fervently supported all the Boston teams, with a special place in her heart for the Red Sox. She was an avid reader and a master of the crossword puzzle, often seen with a book in her hand or a puzzle on her lap. With her impressive culinary skills, Barbara found great pleasure in cooking for her family, able to whip up a delicious meal for ten with finesse. Travel and visits to the beach were among her favorite activities, as was caring for her grandchildren, whose company she treasured above all. She retired to Cape Cod in the beautiful village of Cotuit, where she frequented the library and became fast friends with her neighbors. She enjoyed the simple pleasure of late afternoon get-togethers with her good friend Mary Jensen and sister in law Rhoda Maxwell, where they would catch up over a glass (or two) of chardonnay and Wheat Thins. Barbara had a special connection with animals, particularly the many family dogs, who were drawn to her nurturing spirit.

Barbara will be fondly remembered and deeply missed. She lived her life with grace and left behind a tapestry of cherished memories with her family and friends. Her light will continue to shine in the hearts of those who loved her, and her memory will be honored as a testament to a life well-lived.

Barbara’s life story is a beautiful chapter in the book of her family's history, and while her passing marks the end of her physical presence, her spirit remains an indelible part of the lives she touched. She lived fully, loved generously, and left the world a better place for having been in it. Barbara will be remembered not just for the life she lived, but for the love she gave so freely. May she rest in peace, knowing she was truly loved and will be forever missed.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be a private interment and, at a later date, a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation in Barbara’s name to The Cotuit Library or The Alzheimer’s Association In addition, if you’d like to share your photos or memories of Barbara, please go to

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