Barbara Rhodenizer

Obituary of Barbara Mae Rhodenizer

RHODENIZER, Barbara Mae – Age 85, Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co., passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Lake Pleasant, she was a daughter of the late Burpee and Elsie (Allen) Mailman.

She was kind, loving and wise with a strong will and strong faith. She and Stuart raised their family in Shelburne and continued in Bridgewater. Along-side her husband, they owned and operated three businesses during their working years, dry-cleaning plants in Bridgewater and Shelburne and the Skyvue Drive-In, West Northfield, where she continued to make the loose hamburger over fries famous. After their working days, they spent twenty great summers with their friends at the camp on Welshtown Lake in Shelburne. Family was the most important part in Barbara’s life; whether it was long conversation with her sister Fran or other family and friends or listening to her granddaughter Brianna, playing music. Barbara loved to talk. She was a long-time member of the former Eastern Star as well as a member of Bridgewater United Church where she worked with the ladies auxiliary; as well, Barbara was a founding member of the Shelburne Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Barbara was a master crib player, always looking forward to the Saturday night games.

Surviving are her husband, Raymond Stuart; daughter, Pamela Jane Rhodenizer (Mark Nelson), Dayspring; son, Raymond Steven (Milanna) Rhodenizer; Northfield; brother, Mervyn (Lilly) Mailman, Springfield; grandchildren who were a source of great joy to her, Nathaniel and Brianna; sister-in-law, Eunice Mailman and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant daughter and son; sisters, Betty Emeno and Frances Roach; brothers, Ronald and Sheldon. No visitation at the funeral home by request.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Monday, April 30 in Bridgewater United Church, Bridgewater with Pastor Angela Clifton and Rev. Dr. Susan MacAlpine-Gillis officiating. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Springfield Baptist Cemetery fund, Maple Grove Cemetery or South Shore Regional Library for the purposes of purchasing Play Away audio books. Following a reception at the church, there will be a family interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, West Northfield. Arrangements entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater where complete obituary and on-line condolences may be made by visiting