Barbara Jane (Kelsberg) Kirkpatrick

  • Born: February 19, 1926
  • Died: December 11, 2020
  • Location: Weston, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara Jane Kirkpatrick (nee Kelsberg) of Weston and Wellesley, MA died on December 11, 2020. She was born in Vancouver B.C. Canada in 1926, the daughter of S. Alex and Phyllis Kelsberg. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1947, majoring in Bacteriology and Chemistry. She was employed as a Bacteriologist for two years at the B.C. Government labs. During the war years she spent the summer as "Rosie the Riveter", riveting mainframes for the B-17 airplane. She and her family lived in Toledo, OH, then Rochester, NY, and finally settled in Boston, where she worked as a Research Assistant at B.U. Medical Center. Her husband Ted's love of flying led her to complete her pilot's license. They also shared many years of travel around the world. She received her RN in later years. They both retired in 1990 and spent many happy weekends in Maine. She supported many volunteer activities in Weston and Wellesley, including the Linus Knitting Group, the Community League Clothing Group and the Tree Advisory Group.

She was the devoted wife of Dr. Edward Thomson Kirkpatrick, President of Wentworth Institute of Technology who died in 2007. She was the loving mother of Allan Kirkpatrick and wife Susan of Fort Collins, CO, Karen Kirkpatrick and husband Stephen Wyman of Acton, MA, Ann Tucker of Ithaca, NY, and Keith Kirkpatrick and wife Corky Binggeli of Arlington, MA. She treasured her grandchildren, Rob Kirkpatrick and wife Kristin, Anne Kirkpatrick Norrdin and husband Matt, David Tucker and wife Amelia, Nick Tucker, Kelly Tucker, Pauline and husband Justin Alperin, and David van Goozen. She was the cherished great grandmother of Thomson, Theo, Charlotte, Maeve, Michael and Evelyn. She is also survived by her brother Bill Kelsberg of Vancouver and sisters-in-law, Mary Turland of Vancouver, and Sybil Grissom of Portland, Oregon.

Barbara's ashes will be interred in the Memorial Garden at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Weston, MA.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the Barbara and Edward Kirkpatrick Scholarship Fund at Wentworth Institute of Technology, 550 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5998 or a charity of your choice

Condolence & Memory Journal

Al just saw the news about your mother. Sorry to hear it. Hope all is well

Posted by John Graham - Friend   April 12, 2021

Dear Keith and Ann, and all your family- I just chanced upon the news of your mother's passing. Your mom was a great favorite of my mother at Waterstone, and was so thoughtful and kind to me and my siblings during my mother's final illness and after her death. I will remember your mother's smile, her bright eyes, and her friendly lack of guile. May your memories of her be a blessing and a comfort.

Posted by Dirk Coburn - Natick, MA - Family Friend   February 17, 2021

Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
We have only the fondest memories of Barbara and Ted in Village Highlands here in Ogunquit.
Ryna and Jay Lipkind

Posted by JASON LIPKIND - OGUNQUIT, ME - Neighbor   January 15, 2021

Jeanne and Carl Patton offer our condolences to the family and especially to our good friends and colleagues Allan and Susan. Our thoughts are with you.

Posted by Carl and Jeanne Patton - Fort Collins, CO - Friend   December 22, 2020

My condolences to Barbara's family. I worked with Barbara at the Weston Clothing Exchange for some years. It is just when Mr. Kirkpatrick passed away that I realized that he was Barbara's husband. I remembered that he had come to my office at the Canadian consulate years ago for renewal of their passports.
Carmen Konzem, Weston

Posted by Carmen Konzem - Weston MA, MA - Friend   December 18, 2020


Ann~ Your mother was a wonderful woman. I met her at Sarah and Juniors wedding almost a decade ago, and was so impressed by her gentle manner, deep intelligence, and true beauty. I know you two have been very close and you will miss her every day. You are in my thoughts, Ann.

Posted by Jane Powers-Odenbach - South Portland, ME - Friend   December 17, 2020

Karen: to you and the rest of your mom’s family, please know how sad it was for me to hear of her passing. As an abutter to the Waterstone property when it opened it 2012, management kept inviting me to social events. I had no intention of selling my home and moving in. But, your mom made me feel so welcome, that a year later (2013), I sold my home, moved in and spent time with her. I shall always have a special place in my heart for Barbara and have some personal memories, as I’m sure you all do. RIP, Barbara, until we meet again.

Mary Bowers

Posted by Mary Bowers - Wellesley, MA - friend   December 16, 2020

I shall always miss my dear friend, Barbara. She was one of the first people I met when I came to Waterstone in 2012 and she made me feel so welcome. Barb was a warm, kind and loving lady and will be greatly missed. Sending my deepest sympathy to her wonderful family.

Posted by Romany Pulver - Wellesley, MA - Friend   December 15, 2020

Dear Karen, I loved getting to know your mom through many dinners at Waterstone with Harriet, Romany and Barbara C. I considered her a good pal of mine-always interesting and interested. What a sweet and wonderful woman. I hope that the memories and close ones will bring you peace during this sad time. She always talked about all of her children, grandchildren and loved ones so lovingly. I know Harriet shares in my condolences to all of you. Warmly, Linda Sacks

Posted by Linda Sacks - Friend   December 15, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about the families loss of one of their loved one.May the families keep the wonderful memories of joyful times the family shared together with the dear loved one lost in death.Keep those precious memories close to the families hearts ♥. As the families cherished a wonderful life that was well lived and loved by families and friends.My deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to the families and friends during this difficult time of deep sorrow and pain.

Posted by A friend   December 14, 2020

Our thoughts are with you.
Kacy Thompson and Ingvar Larsson
Lund, Sweden

Posted by Kacy Thompson - Lund, Sweden - Friend   December 14, 2020


I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your mother passing she is now resting in peace may god be with You and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with her

Posted by Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH - Acquaintance   December 13, 2020

So sorry fir your loss Allen. Thoughts and prayers for your family. She was a special person with lots of talents.

Posted by Mike and Janene Dellenbach - Fort Collins, CO - Friend   December 13, 2020

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