Barbara W. Bilek
September 29, 1942 – April 10, 2018
Barbara Ward Bilek of Brewster, MA ( formerly of Riverside, CT ) passed away April 10th, 2018 after a brave but brief battle with cancer. Born Sept. 29, 1942 in New York, N.Y Barbara was the daughter of the late James L. & Margaret H. Ward and the beloved widow of Edward Bilek, Jr. Barbara is survived by three step children and their spouses: Linda and Mark Simpson of Naples, FL, Chris & Alexandra Bilek of Harwich, MA and Dan Bilek and Betty Corrado of Ave Maria, FL. Barbara’s grandchildren, Austin Simpson, Morgan Simpson & Mckenzie Bilek all share many happy memories of summer vacations on Cape Cod with their grandparents. Barbara is also survived by her cousins Carole Messina, Kathy Vita, Bill Sullivan and her God Daughter Pati Salvatore. Barbara graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Greenwich CT, St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing Hartford, CT, Boston College Boston, MA and received a graduate degree from N.Y.U. in New York, N.Y. Barbara also had the wonderful distinction of being a member of the Willimantic, CT chapter of Soroptomists for over 40 years. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, CT Nurse’s Association, American Nurses’ Association and the CT Association for School Health. Barbara worked at the bedside in the hospital for many years, then transitioned to her real passion as a public health nurse with the Town of Greenwich CT, advancing over the years to become the Director of Nursing for the Health Department, receiving awards and accolades for her commitment to excellence and the community she served. After a long and distinguished career Barbara and her husband Ed retired to Brewster, MA on Cape Cod in 1999 where they enjoyed the outdoors, bird watching and the beach and many family gatherings. Barbara also continued her call to public service by being a member of the Visiting Nurse Assoc. of Cape Cod and was also an active member of Our Lady Of the Cape Parish in Brewster, MA where she did volunteer work. Barbara loved her family and many wonderful friends. She received great joy helping others throughout her career as a nurse and in retirement by volunteering and through financial support for many charities supporting health, animals and the homeless. She is the finest example of “A Life Well Lived” and she will be truly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady Of the Cape Parish in Brewster, MA on Fri. April 27th, 2018 at 11:00 am. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s name to: Our Lady of the Cape, Brewster MA, Visiting Nurse Assoc. of Cape Cod And The Animal Rescue League of Brewster, MA For online condolences please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com
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Nancy Wisecup Tar
April 20, 2018
Barbara was such a class act. I met here as the Director of Nursing for the Department of Health in Greenwich in 1987, as I was re-entering the nursing field after a 7 year hiatus of having my last 2 children. Barbara was such a wonderful coach, administrator and compassionate person. She over saw my being a school nurse for over 1000 students, a totally foreign field to me at the time. She was always available, ran the busiest Department and mentored many members to excel in their positions and advance into leadership roles as she, and others, retired. It was a pure pleasure to know Barbara and I am so sorry she is gone so soon. She was too young, as all of her peers are. Rest in Peace.
April 15, 2018
I was saddened to hear about the loss of my classmate at SFH School of Nursing.... she had such an extraordinary career in nursing and her obituary highlights her devotion to her family.. Keeping her in my prayers.
Janice D'Agata Ciraulo Class of 1963