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Barbara Oake

Posted By Kyle Nikola On July 12, 2020 @ 7:47 am In Obituaries | 12 Comments

Barbara Oake, 87, of Savannah, Georgia, passed away June 27 arising from complications of pneumonia with her favorite child by her side.

Barbara is predeceased by her husband Roy (2017) and son Mark (1962). She is survived by 5 children – William (Linda Woolf), Michael, Roy (Kelly), Susan Ephraim (Joseph), and Laura (Michael Wood); 7 grandchildren – Brittney Upman (Michael), Michael (Chelsea), Cassandra, Raegan, Erica, Tyler Wood, and Gage; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews around the globe.

Barbara was born in Lithuania in 1932. At the end of WWII, she was an interpreter of 7 languages for the US Army. She immigrated to the US with her mother in 1949.
Barbara and Roy married in 1957 and raised a family in Piscataway, NJ for 40+ years. During that time, Barbara worked for Western Electric/Bell Labs/Lucent technologies for 44 years. They remained there until retirement in 1999 to Skidaway Island, Savannah, Ga. Barbara and Roy were active members of the Landings community. She was in the 9 Holers and Bridge clubs. She loved to work out, play cards, socialize, and attend church, as she was a member of St. James the Less Catholic Church for 20 years.

A church service will be held August 3, 2020 at St. James the Less Catholic Church, Savannah, Ga at 10:00am. For anyone not able to attend, the service will be broadcast via live stream at St. James website https://www.stjamessav.com/live-stream [1]. Due to quarantine and social distancing guidelines, a reception will not be held. Farewell our Little Laughing Lithuanian.

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Condolence from Kristen Rocco on July 13th, 2020 2:41 pm

So sorry for your loss. She had a great life thanks to each and every one of you. A mother who makes each child equally loved will leave great memories and a unique impact on each individual. From the bottom of my heart, my deepest condolences.

Condolence from Roy S. Oake on July 13th, 2020 4:20 pm


Condolence from Susan Schneider on July 13th, 2020 5:31 pm

I first met Barbara at the Landings, when Roy and my husband Kevin played golf together. We soon ended up in the same bridge group where Barbara certainly kept us all on our toes! I will miss her many interesting stories of a life well loved!Rest in peace, Barbara!

Condolence from Debra Foster (nee Rich) on July 14th, 2020 9:00 am

My second mom through all my teenage years, and into adulthood, and one of the most amazing individuals I have known. She was one tough, loving, fascinating, intelligent, funny, and incredibly talented mom and I will forever be grateful to have had her in my life, particularly when as a teenager, we (her daughter Laura and I ) needed her guidance and tough mom love the most. My deepest condolences to the entire Oake family for their loss!

Condolence from Kevin Vinyard on July 14th, 2020 6:49 pm

My condolences to you and your family Bill. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman and mother.

Condolence from John Mutch on July 15th, 2020 7:30 am

So sorry for your loss

Condolence from Jūratė (Panceraite) Grigiene on July 19th, 2020 7:07 am

My deapest condolence to my auntie Birute. I grew up with Birute’s and my grandma Apolonija help and I never forget it. My mom Danute loved Birute and all her family with strongest sister’s love. Rest in peace my dear auntie. And I wish the best memories to be in your big familie’s hart.

Jurate(Panceraite) Grigiene

Condolence from Linda Wolfkiel on July 24th, 2020 9:06 am

My sincerest condolences, Laura, to you and your family. I enjoyed learning more about your mother and know that her spirit will carry on with your family.

Linda Wolfkiel

Condolence from Amy Massey on July 28th, 2020 2:39 pm

Oh how I miss Mrs Barbara! I met her at the gym ( if she wasn’t there I was checking on her) & we found out we shared a special bond ~ our Catholic Faith! Mrs Barbara loved people & she loved her family. I enjoyed hearing her stories over lunch along with Mrs Pat Goodday. Mrs Barbara was loving, smart & one tough lady…I know the reunion with her husband was incredible… love & sympathy to all the Oake Family ❣️

Condolence from JoAnne McCrone-Ephraim on August 1st, 2020 12:39 pm

At this time I wish to offer my heartfelt sympathy to the entire Oake family; especially to my daughter in-law Susan, her sister Laura, and brothers Bill, Michael, and Roy.

May your cherished memories of precious time spent with your mother enable you to carry her with you throughout your lifetime.

Prayers have been offered to lift you up during your time of sorrow and grieving. May your special stories and offerings you will share with one another bring much joy to your hearts; for that is the one true legacy parents strive to leave with their children.

My love to all,

Condolence from Bobbi Pitzner on August 3rd, 2020 9:08 am

Today as I struggled with trying to get the live stream of my friends funeral to work, I glanced up at my window sill and there was a bird watching me. I waved at the Bird as it slowly walked away and then took flight. Goodbye my dear Barbara and thank you for our last goodbye.
Special thoughts and prayers to the wonderful Oake family. God bless you all.

Condolence from Milca (Mimi) Lake on August 3rd, 2020 12:56 pm

Just watched the video of Barbara’s memorial service (had connection problems earlier). It was a very moving mass for my dear friend. Hearing Michael’s eulogy reminded me of the great experiences Barbara and I shared at Lucent. I miss you my friend. May God grant Barbara eternal rest. Sending prayers of comfort and deepest sympathy to the Oake family. Love, Milca & Dennis ✝️🙏😘

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