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Barbara N. Wojnisz
February 17, 1937 ~ November 1, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Barbara N. Wojnisz, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away on November 1, 2023 surrounded by her family.
Barbara was born in Wilmington, DE on February 17, 1937 to John and Winifred Nickel. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Francis; her parents; her daughter, Theresa; and her twin brother, Paul Nickel. Barbara is survived by her son, John (Diana); granddaughter, Madelyn; and older brother, Walter Nickel (Bobbi).
Barbara’s early life was filled with family, both immediate and extended. As the only girl in a house full of boys, she learned to be as rough and tumble as they were and proved before it was the norm that girls could do anything boys could do. In all of her family’s 15 moves throughout the city of Wilmington, she carried her share of their belongings from one house to the next, frequently in a red wagon. Her love of family was born from her childhood. She would defend her brothers with a fist fight whenever necessary. Fun was also a part of her childhood, and family gatherings often included retelling of stories about things that happened while growing up.
Barbara met her beloved husband, Franny, at a dance and was immediately smitten. Their love lasted for 65 years and was an inspiration to all of her family. Together, both placed priority on being there not only for each other, but also for family. Holiday dinners, birthdays, celebrations, and the legendary strawberry shortcake dinners were all held at their house. Her iced tea and deviled eggs were always expected, regardless of the time of year. Any favor could be asked and granted, not only for family, but also for friends, neighbors, and anyone in her social circle.
Barbara worked for Hercules prior to her marriage, but afterwards, she was devoted to taking care of her husband and son. With the birth of her granddaughter, Madelyn, Barbara’s endless love and attention was devoted to her as a willing daycare provider, after school activity participant, and sporting event cheerleader. Some of Barbara’s favorite times were spent supporting Sanford School basketball when Madelyn managed the boys’ team to three consecutive state championships. She was also exceedingly proud of her granddaughter’s academic accomplishments both at Sanford School and at Furman University. She was devastated that her health would not allow her to travel to see Madelyn obtain her master’s degree from Clemson University.
Barbara loved dogs, and she was the best dog mom to her beloved Sheltie, Precious, and a wonderful MomMom to her grand-dog, Enzo. Barbara also had a fondness for Delaware Park and, along with Franny, enjoyed many happy afternoons there with her best friend and in-law, Wanda Pasini. Shopping was another passion and everyone in the family knew to ask Barbara first before buying some new gadget or as-seen-on-TV item because they all knew she had already bought it and could give you a review or offer it to you if you wanted it.
Barbara’s passing will leave an unfillable hole in the lives of all who knew and loved her.
Visitation and burial will be private for the immediately family only.