Barbara Jean Vassar

Barbara Jean Vassar, 80, of Mill Pond Drive, Lake Placid, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Saturday, July 12, 2014, at her home.

Mrs. Vassar was born July 18, 1933, in Lake Placid. She was the daughter of Richard Neil Gill and Mary Gertrude (DeMar) Gill. She married Thomas G. Vassar Dec. 5, 1953, at St. Eustace Episcopal Church. She was predeceased by her husband April 7, 1989.

She was employed by several families in the Lake Placid area, including the Bogle family, John Holley family and the Carter Lockwood family, caring for their homes and camps. She also worked for Dr. Balestrini and at E-Maga-Zee gift shop.

Barbara loved to knit and spend time with her family and grandchildren, and she was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 326, Lake Placid.

She is survived by three sons: Douglas Jones and his wife Gina of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, Steven Vassar and his fiancee Melanie Farley of Lake Placid and Brian Vassar and his wife Nicole of Lake Placid; one sister, Carol Tromblee and her husband Chris of Lewis; 13 grandchildren: Jennifer, Wendy, Amanda, Justin, Steven, Thomas, Sarah, Danica, Jasmine, Jessica, Alyssa, Ryder and Alex; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, Richard and Mary Gill; her husband Thomas Vassar; and four brothers: Rollie Gill, Richard Gill, Raymond Gill and Robert Gill.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 with an American Legion Auxiliary prayer service at 7:45 p.m. at the M.B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home, 2310 Saranac Ave. Lake Placid.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16 at St. Eustace Episcopal Church, Main Street, Lake Placid, with the Rev. David Ousley officiating. Burial will follow at North Elba Cemetery.

The family suggests donations in memory of Barbara J. Vassar be made to High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care.

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