WATERTOWN — Barbara I. Magnuson, 87, of Watertown, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Waterbury Hospital after an extended illness. She was the widow of Howard M. Magnuson.

Barbara was born January 27, 1932 in Waterbury, the daughter of the late Roy and Mildred (Bradshaw) Hallock. She was educated in local schools and was a lifetime resident of Watertown.

Barbara spent several years working at Harco Tool in Watertown and then later at J & J in Thomaston before becoming a loving and dedicated homemaker who devoted her life to her family. Whether she was cooking meals, cleaning, or doing mounds of laundry for their seven children, she always had a ready smile and her great sense of humor.

She loved family gatherings, backyard picnics and traveling to visit out-of-state family. 

Playing penny slot machines at the casino with her friends and family was another fun outing.

Barbara was always happiest while being surrounded by her loving family. 

She will be sadly missed by all who were blessed to have known and loved her.

Left to remember, cherish and honor Barbara’s love and legacy are her children, Howard Magnuson and his wife, Connie, of Thomaston, Brian Magnuson of Waterbury, Gary Magnuson of Watertown, Sharon Bares and her husband, Alan, of Thomaston, Barbara “Barbie” Magnuson and her boyfriend, John Gladych, of Morris and Brenda Scott of Watertown. She also leaves her siblings, Joan Creem of Watertown and Beverly Quadrato of Oakville; her half-brother, Lee Hallock and his wife, Debbie; her half-sisters, Karol Somes and her husband, Marshall, Janie Kimberley and her husband, Robert, and Lynn Lennon and her husband, Tom; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Robin Chung; her brother, Ross Hallock and his wife, Anne; her half-brother, Sherman Hallock, and her half-sister, Wendy Pennington.

Funeral services for Mrs. Magnuson will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 9, at Calvary Baptist Church, 3000 N. Main St., Waterbury. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main St., Oakville.

For further information or to leave an online message of condolence, visit www.oneillfuneralhome.com.

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