September 30, 1949 - May 20, 2021
Barbara Sarapas of St. Paul, MN passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at the age of 71. Barbara was born September 30, 1949, and raised in central and western Massachusetts, the daughter of now deceased Frances and Leonard Sarapas. She pursued her education in Massachusetts, Missouri, Kansas and Paris, France, receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Since the late 1970s, Barbara called Minnesota home. She had a broad and vibrant work career serving and helping others. Among roles she held, Barbara was a teacher, a counselor, a construction tradesperson, an architectural planner, a mentor, and a professional musician. Her creative spirit served her in each of these endeavors. She approached her work with enthusiasm and energy, instilling quality in what she produced and love in those she worked with. As a person, Barbara approached life looking for the joy and love in her endeavors, regardless of the circumstance. She embraced the pleasures of life, and was resilient in the face of adversity. Facing her challenges a day at a time, she found ways to overcome them with renewed growth and wisdom. And during each day, she would look for the “little things” that make life special. She advocated for her ideals, and was active in women’s rights and people’s rights. Barbara was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), regularly attending meetings and being true to this calling for over 40 years. She was a fiercely devoted mentor, sponsored countless recovering alcoholics through their sobriety, and guided young professionals through the early stages of their careers. She was a woman of spirituality and faith, most recently being an active member of the Mt. Zion Temple. Barbara was a loving mother, and is survived by her son, Joel Sarapas of Virginia. She is survived by her two sisters, Marina Stucky of Connecticut and Valerie Nixon of Maryland, and brother, Leonard Sarapas of New Hampshire. In the spirit of Barbara’s desire to help others, in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Minnesota Humane Society. Funeral service WEDNESDAY, May 26, 2021 at 11:00am, MOUNT ZION CEMETERY, 1670 Payne Ave., St. Paul. Service also on zoom. Zoom shiva Wednesday, 7:00pm. Email [email protected] for the zoom links.
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