Barbara Waitkunas, 74, Wooster

Barbara Anne Waitkunas, 74, of Wooster, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 23, 2013, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home in Dalton, after a brief illness.

She was born Nov. 5, 1938, in Wildwood, N.J., the daughter of the late William Lawrence and Evelyn (Taylor) Patton, and married Robert Waitkunas on June 13, 1987. He survives.

She had worked as a nurses aide for many years and for Hospice, retiring from Sealy Mattress in Medina.

She was a member of Gateway Fellowship in Millersburg and enjoyed playing the piano, gardening and riding on the back of Bob's motorcycle.

She will be loved and remembered as being a social butterfly.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Evelyn Sampson of Wooster, and a son, Thomas W. (Cathy) Ewing Jr. of Shreve; stepchildren, Bobby Waitkunas and Tina (Dave) Elser, both of Wooster, James (Ruthie) Waitkunas of Shreve and Debbie (Tim) Sargeant of Charleston, S.C.; a grandson, Jasper T. Sampson; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Virginia Burley of Michigan.

She was preceded in death by a stepson, Jody Waitkunas; and a brother, William Patton.

Family services were to be held at a later date. Murray Funeral Home, Creston, assisted the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road., Wooster 44691.

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