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Barbara Jean Raksnis

January 8, 1936 ~ November 27, 2019 (age 83)


   Barbara Jean Raksnis, of Magnolia, passed away peacefully in her home on November 27, 2019, in the company of her children.  She was 83.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Charles Raksnis, her parents, Walter & Julia Gingeleski,  her sister, Christina M. Lane, and her beloved cat Belle.

   Barbara is survived by her brother, Gene Gingeleski & wife, Millie; her children, Stacey Jean Robbins & husband, Steven Dalling, of North Carolina; Shelley Suzanne Fowler, of Wyoming; Scott Fowler & Christine Zerrad, both of Magnolia; her grandchildren, Kelsey Angstadt, Julia Norman & husband, Travis; Kagan Nuss, Tanner Fowler, Bridgette Fowler, Mohammad Zerrad; and her great-grandchildren, Beckett & Teddy Norman.

    After graduating from LeMoyne College, in Syracuse, N.Y. where she was born & raised, Barbara worked as a Program Manager for a local radio station, a Stewardess for Allegany Airlines and for 28 years as a school teacher with the Lake Forest School District before retiring in 1991. Barbara also enjoyed serving on the Junior Board at Bayhealth Hospital, and was a communicant of The Church of the Holy Cross in Dover. In her free time Barbara enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, spending the holidays with her family, and time with her cats Belle & Chocolate.

    A Special Thank You to her daughter Shelley Suzanne for her tender and loving care provided to Barbara in the final year of her life.

    Private Graveside Services for family and special friends, will be held at Barratts Chapel Cemetery, Frederica on Monday, December 2, 2019.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, the First State Animal/Kent County S.P.C.A., 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, DE 19934 or to the American Lung Association, 422 S. Governors Ave., Dover, DE 19904.   Condolences may be sent via:

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Private Committal


Delaware Hospice Center
100 Patriots Way, Milford DE 19963

American Lung Association of Delaware
422 S. Governor's Avenue, Dover DE 19904

Kent County SPCA
32 Shelter Circle, Camden DE 19934

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