In Memory

Barbara Szczepanik (Mackiewicz)

Published June 17, 2009 in the Hartford Courant:

MACKIEWICZ, Barbara A. (Szczepanik) Barbara A. (Szczepanik) Mackiewicz, formerly of New Britain, passed away on June 13, 2009 after a long illness surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born February 11, 1950 in New Britain and was the daughter of Florence and the late Joseph Szczepanik, also of New Britain. In her earlier years, she graduated from Holy Cross and Pulaski High School. During that time she participated in High School theatre, loved cheerleading and was a member of Delpha Cap. She was a stunningly beautiful person, not only in appearance but also in spirit. She worked as an accountant for the firm of Edward Loughery up until her tragic car accident in 1980 which left her a paraplegic. Even though this misfortune befell her, she led an active, complete and full life. She was an avid reader, loved movies and also loved to debate anything from music to politics. She had a heart of gold, was strong, courageous and determined. She loved Christmas and lavished everyone with gifts, especially her grandchildren and her nieces and nephews, whom she adored. She was a loving daughter, mother, sister, aunt, friend and grandmother. She is survived by her mother Florence Szczepanik, of New Britain, who took care of her for 29 years, a son Scott Mackiewicz and his wife Morgan, of Forestville, a brother Joseph A. Szczepanik, of Ellington, a sister Janet Mastrianni and her husband John, of Forestville. She also leaves behind her two beloved grandchildren Mason and Hunter Mackiewicz, of Forestville and her nieces and nephews Sarah Sayko, Ryan Szczepanik, Stephanie Mastrianni, John Mastrianni, III, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to her relatives, she leaves behind her wonderful caregiver, friend and confidant of 29 years, Rose Boucher and her family. Other friends and caregivers include Terry Mroczek, Maribel Rivera, Donna Boucher, Gayle Sheltrey, and Linda Sylvia. The family would like to express their extreme gratitude for all the help, support and care that was given to Barbara by all these special people. A graveside service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 20th at Sacred Heart Cemetery located at 662 Burritt St. in New Britain. We strongly encourage all friends and family to attend. Immediately following the service there will be a tribute and celebration of Barbara's life and spirit to be held at Angelico's Restaurant at 542 East Main St., New Britain. In lieu of flowers please make all donations to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association ( 1 Church St., # 600, Rockville, MD 20850. Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt St. is serving the family. To share a memory with the Mackiewicz family please visit us at
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 9:56 PM EDT:  Published in the New Britain Herald

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10/29/09 08:28 AM #1    

Patricia Ann Dezi (Altadonna)

I have so many wonderful memories with Barb. We first met when she lived a door away in the projects. I remember being so upset when she told me her parents bought a house and she was leaving the projects. As it turned out she only moved down the street. She was always the smartest and prettiest of our group of friends. I was so proud to always be in her company. We did so many things together becoming so close during our Pulaski days. Double dating, going to proms together, spending time with other Delpha Cap sisters. I remember running away from home in 10th grade, where did I end up but at Barbara’s house. The true testament of our friendship came when we were each others maid of honors. I moved to NY shortly after and our friendship was left to letters and phone calls. I remember the day I received the call in 1980 letting me know that Barb was in a terrible car accident. Although life would never return to her as she knew it she never let on that her life had changed. When we spoke there never was a complaint, we talked about old times, movies she had seen or planned to see, books she had read, what a great cook her sister is and most recently how much she enjoyed her grandchildren. Never a complaint. As a teen Barbara was the one person that I wished I was more like. She was my best friend during those high school years. Oh the things we did together,the trouble we got in and out of all great memories. When I think of growing up Barbara is always a part of those memories. I thank you Barbara for so many great times together. You will forever remain my best friend and the one person that I most admire. My thoughts and prayers continue to go on for you and your loved ones.
Your greatest admirer and friend,
Pat Dezi Altadonna

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