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FRAMINGHAM – Barbara Mary Lauten, 90, of Framingham, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 16, 2020, at Metrowest Hospital. She lived an incredibly full and vibrant life right up until the end. Barbara’s nickname was “Busy B”.

She was born April 7, 1930, in Peabody, daughter of Napoleon P. Derouin and Mary E. Derouin (Dimmock) of Lawrence.

Barbara was a member of St. Bridget’s Parish. She deeply loved her family and was known as “Aunt Barbara” to many. She was a part of the workforce for several years. Barbara was beautiful, strong, and a fiercely independent woman.

She treasured countless moments playing Bingo, trips to Foxwoods, and creating memories with her dear friends. Over the span of 20 remarkable years, Barbara shared a residence with David (Godson) and Cheryl Pennie, their children, and dogs Nico & Lucia.

Barbara is survived by three nephews and three nieces, David and Cheryl Pennie of Framingham, Robert and Debbie Pennie of Millville, Steven Pennie of Worcester, and Norma Pennie of Framingham. She also leaves behind five great nephews and four great nieces, Lindsay Dyan, Krista Dyan, Shawn and Keri Pennie, Joshua Pennie, Ryan Pennie, Shannon Pennie, Brian Pennie, and Derek Pennie. She also leaves behind many wonderful friends who miss her dearly. Barbara was preceded in death by her sister Rita Pennie of Sebastian, FL.

Special thank you to Cardiologist, Dr. James Alderman for his 30+ years of dedication in keeping Barbara’s heart healthy, and to the many doctors and nurses at Metrowest Hospital, who provided invaluable care for Barbara.

She truly had a great life. Rest in paradise Aunt Barbara.

Due to current health restrictions, Barbara’s family and friends will celebrate her life privately. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barbara’s name: to the Heart Center of Metrowest, care of Bobbi Fried, 99 Lincoln Street, Framingham MA 01702.

Arrangements by the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home. For online tributes or to share a memory with her family, kindly visit

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.