Barbara J. (Donaldson) Jutstrom of Mashpee, who had frequently donated hours in town through her volunteerism, has died. She was 94 at the time of her death at Belmont Manor Nursing Center on April 9.
She was the wife of Robert A. Jutstrom Sr. for 64 years. Her husband died in 2009.
Ms. Jutstrom graduated from Arlington High School with the Class of 1942. She was also a graduate of Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in Boston. She worked as a dental hygienist in many dental practices for more than 40 years.
A former resident of South Weymouth, she was a parishioner at St. Francis Xavier there and, after moving permanently to her Mashpee home in 1986, at Parish of Christ the King. She volunteered at the church thrift shops and Christmas bazaars, and was a Eucharistic minister and a religious education teacher as well. In Mashpee Ms. Jutstrom was a member of the 50+ Club with others from the parish; with their gifts and donations, club members helped to make the holiday season more pleasant for local residents in need.
During the 1990s she worked as a volunteer for the Mashpee Beautification Council, helping with its effort to plant daffodils and other bulbs in strategic locations around town for the perennial enjoyment of both residents and visitors. In 2003 she participated with her husband and other members of Mashpee Men’s Club and additional volunteers when the CHIPS program, a free child identification program sponsored by the Masons, was brought to Mashpee Public Schools. Ms. Jutstrom took dental impressions for the students to take home for use in the event a child ever went missing.
Ms. Jutstrom was fond of square dancing and was a member of the Cape Cod Twirlers. She attended square dancing conventions and workshops. An accomplished seamstress, she made many things for her children and grandchildren. She found particular satisfaction in sewing outfits for the American Girl Doll collections.
She participated in programs and activities at Mashpee Senior Center and, especially in the company of her husband, had loved to travel across the United States and Europe.
She leaves three children, Robert A. Jutstrom Jr. and his wife, Christine Ryan, of Waltham, Deborah Parker and her husband, Edward Parker, of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Karen Haroian and her husband, Chris Haroian, of Watertown; a sister, Marcia Donaldson Mahoney of Arlington; six grandchildren, Bryan and Jon Jutstrom, Erica Booth, Bradford and Alexander Parker, and Katherine Desantis; nine great-grandchildren; and other family.
A private burial service will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
A memorial service will be at a later date.