Barbara A. (VanBuskirk) Nagle, 82, of West Wareham died November 21 after battling Alzheimer’s disease. She leaves family in Buzzards Bay.
She and Walter R. Nagle shared 60 years of marriage, and had celebrated their anniversary just days before her death.
After graduating in 1961 from Bridgewater State College with a degree in elementary education, Ms. Nagle taught in Weymouth and Marshfield. She later become a Title 1 tutor helping children with strategies to overcome learning disabilities.
She also designed scrimshaw and sold her work internationally. She taught the craft at the Marshfield Community School for many years. In addition to doing scrimshaw, she painted with oils and watercolors.
Ms. Nagle was recognized by Amedisys with its Spirit of Excellence Award in 2012 after developing the Chart-A-Life program for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and caregivers. She had been inspired by her father and sister’s journeys with Alzheimer’s.
She had also been honored with the Points of Light award in 2010 as an individual who provided “meaningful change to communities across America.” That same year, she was recognized by her alma mater with the Dr. Adrian Rondileau Award for Professional Achievement and Community Service.
Ms. Nagle was a trained reiki master and a volunteer for Beacon Hospice in Hyannis.
She leaves two children, Kristen Brennan of Buzzards Bay and Paul Nagle of Halifax; four grandchildren; and extended family.
Visiting hours will be Monday, November 29, from 4 to 7 PM at MacDonald Funeral Home, 1755 Ocean Street in Marshfield.
A funeral service will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 30, at 1 PM at North Community Church, 72 Old Main Street in Marshfield Hills.
Burial will be at Daniel Webster Cemetery, Winslow Road, Marshfield.