Barbara Virginia (Downs) Wennerstrom, 94, of Buzzards Bay and formerly of Sandwich died March 12 at Falmouth Hospital.

Known as Ginny, she was originally from Maryland; she was born in Baltimore and raised in Hagerstown.

She quit school at the age of 16 in order to marry Charles Wennerstrom. In 1946, due to her husband's service in the US Coast Guard, the couple moved from Maryland to Sandwich, which was also his hometown. They had been married for 77 years at the time of his death in 2017.

Ms. Wennerstrom was a waitress for many years at the Dan'l Webster Inn. She also worked as a bookkeeper for her husband at the Chevron Station that he owned. Other jobs she held were calibrating fire extinguishers and working as a seamstress and a shoemaker.

She moved to Buzzards Bay in 2001.

She and her husband were recognized by the Bourne Council on Aging at a 2004 volunteer appreciation celebration at Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Center for their work on the council newsletter.

Ms. Wennerstrom had served as a past president of the American Legion Post 188 Auxiliary in Sandwich. She was also a member of the Sandwich Fire Department Auxiliary.

An accomplished baker and cook, she was known for her apple pie.

She leaves a daughter, Barbara Simpson of Bourne; a son, Victor Wennerstrom of Albany, New York; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; and extended family.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Louise Reltig; and her brother, Eddie Downs.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 20, beginning at 10 AM with a service at noon, at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne.

Burial will be private.

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