Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 25, 2013

Mary Anna (Wojnar) Barry, 90

Andover, MA — Mary Anna (Wojnar) Barry, age 90, passed away on April 17, 2013, surrounded by her family in her home. She was born in Lawrence, Mass., in 1923, and was the daughter of the late Kataraczyna and Frank Wojnar. She was educated at Holy Trinity Grammar School and graduated Lawrence High School in 1941. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lawrence, Mass.

She loved fashion and would go to Boston and shop at Filenes Basement. She worked at the Lawrence Court House in the 1950's. She married and raised her family before going back to work at Sears and Roebuck Service Contracts Center in North Andover, Mass., for 20 years before retiring in 1990. In her retirement years, she loved nothing more than being a beloved "Babcia" to her grandchildren and never missed any of their school or sports events if she could make them. She also loved her Polish Pope. Recently she celebrated her 90th birthday that she had been talking about for the last year and could not believe she made it to 90.

She will be missed very much by her family and celebrated as a great mom and "Babcia."

She is survived by her daughter, Sabrina and her husband, Terry Sanz, of Andover; son, Barnaby and his wife, Jeddah, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and son, Jeffrey, of Marina Del Rey, Calif. She also leaves her much-loved granddaughters, Larissa and Alexandra Sanz, of Andover, and Hellenah and Nathalie, of Los Angeles; and grandson, Brandon, of Idaho. She also is survived by her brother, Henry Wojnar, of Sandwich, Mass., and sister, Ann Folzenlogen, of Dallas, Texas; and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her sisters, Bernice Mosscrop, Frances James, Helen Wojnar, and brother, Stanley Wojnar.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to call on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 35 Merrimack St., North Andover, MA.

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Her funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10 a.m. in Saint Augustine's Church in Andover, Mass. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence, Mass.

Donations can be made in her name and mailed to Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Ste. 600, Boston, MA, 02114, designated to the diabetes center; or online at in her name for diabetes research.