Barbara E. Archung

September 19, 1916December 2, 2010

Barbara Archung, age 94, passed away on Thursday, 12/2/2010, at Salem Hospital after suffering a stroke on Monday, 11/29/2010. Barbara grew up in Norwood where she graduated from Norwood High School. She married Ralph O. Archung (deceased in 1996) of Beverly where they raised their family.

Barbara was a loving wife and mother and was devoted to her Baha'i faith. She prayed daily for all of her family and friends. Barbara was a noted Electrologist on the North Shore during her working years as well as a dedicated community worker and leader on both the Beverly Historical Association and the Ryal Side Civic Association.

She will be remembered by her many friends in the Marblehead Senior Housing Group where she has resided for the last fourteen years and worked continuously to simply make that a more beautiful and pleasant place to live. Barbara was noted for her generosity and loving kindness. She was self endowed with a positive attitude and was a pioneer in health living. Her family was raised in the 1940's and 50's with only natural foods that did not include: white bread, trans-fats or artificially processed meats. No alcohol, cigarette or profane language ever crossed her lips. She would attribute part of her secret to longevity as daily dose of apple cider vinegar. Barbara was a remarkable woman, way ahead of her time. And she will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara; sons, Ralph and Barry; two grandchildren, John Thomas Archung, Elizabeth (Archung) Wilson; and a brother, Dominic Giampa.

A funeral service will be held at the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead on Sunday at 3PM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visitation will begin at 2PM. A private burial will be on Monday in Central Cemetery, Randolph. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Marblehead Council on Aging, 10 Humphrey St., Marblehead, MA 01945.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 5, 2010
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 5, 2010

Barbara E. Archung

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Stephen Mugglebee

December 6, 2010

Aunt Barbara, I am glad you were a part of my life from the day I was born, and to my cousins Ralph (and Jude), Barry (and Rick), and Barbara, I hope we can always stay close.

Sharon Beaton

December 5, 2010

I am sorry to say I didn't have the pleasure to meet this exceptional Women (and third cousin) . A life lived to the fullest, is a life well lived. Please except my deepest sympathy to the intire family.

Stephen Hemingway

December 5, 2010

Barbara, Ralph and Barry, the entire Bahai World Community are in prayer of thanksgiving and acknowledgement of the life your Mother shared with us on this plane and are aware of the unbridled joy she shares now.

The Bahai Community of Salem MA

Naomi Dreyer

December 4, 2010

While I don't personally know Barbara Archung, as Baha'is we are sisters. How wonderful that she was able to be on this plane of existance for so long. Now she can serve much better where she is.
I will recite prayers for her soul's progress.
Naomi Dreyer, pioneer for 41 years in El Salvador, Central America.

Kim in Fiji

December 4, 2010

Prayers being said for the progress of her noble soul.

December 4, 2010

May God bless Mrs. Archung for her long life of steadfastness and service. She will surely receive a warm welcome in the next world. Faith is a great comfort for those left behind, as it has always been for Mrs. Archung. Sue Khavari, Menlo Park, CA

Sandy Cross

December 4, 2010

Barry, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You are a good son and she appreciated all the times you took her on cruises. With sincere sympathy. Sandy Cross

December 3, 2010

I am sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
Bill DeFranc

December 3, 2010

Dear Ralph and Family,

Our thoughts are with you during this challenging time. What a remarkable Mom and lady she was, Ralph. Knowing the quality person you are and the loving friendship you radiate to all of us blessed to know you, Judy, John, and Liz, I'm certain she was very proud of you! She taught you well! What a Mom!

Much love,

Sue and Dave Lillie

Ron and Audrey Milfs

December 2, 2010

Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.