Barbara F. Strickler, 86, of Hopkinton, passed away on Dec. 11. Born in Bergen, New Jersey, she was the only child of the late Bertha (Kluger) and David Fogelman. She was the wife of 57 years to the late Lawrence J. (Jerry) Strickler.
Barbara had a Bachelor of Science degree in speech pathology and a master’s in special education. In the early years of her career she was a speech therapist with United Cerebral Palsy, and after obtaining her graduate degree was the director of the children’s program at CHI Centers in Silver Spring, Maryland, serving children under the age of 5 with physical disabilities and special needs.
Barbara was very outgoing and had a great sense of humor. She made friends easily and cherished the time she spent with her friends and family. She was an avid reader and loved shopping. She loved animals, particularly her cat and companion, Mattie.
Barbara is survived by two children, Jill Strickler-Page and her husband, Malcolm, of Hopkinton, and Scott Strickler and his fiancée, Lorena Velarde, of Boyds, Maryland. Barbara also leaves behind four grandchildren, Jessica Page and her wife, Christina McKee, Ryan Page, Megan Strickler and Andrew Strickler.
A special thank you to all the staff at Golden Pond Assisted Living in Hopkinton, the staff at PNPS Nursing Services in Hopkinton, especially her aide and companion, Aimee, and the staff of Brookhaven Hospice, especially Mike and Nane. Your love and support are truly appreciated.
Private family arrangements are being held and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.