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1925 - 2017
WINSLOW - Barbara Ann Niehoff, 91, was born on Aug. 18, 1925, in Needham, Mass., and passed from this life on Feb. 8, 2017.
She was the daughter of Curtis R. Wells and Blanche (Ellis) Wells. Barbara graduated from Needham High School in 1943. She then attended and graduated from Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston, Mass. Her first job was as secretary in the foreign department of the First National Bank of Boston. She moved to Beacon Street in Boston and shared an apartment with her high school friends. It was there that she met her future husband, William "Bill" Niehoff, who was attending Boston University Law School. They were married in Needham on Aug. 18, 1951, on Barbara's 26th birthday.
After they were married, and Bill passed the Maine bar exam, they moved to Waterville, where Bill practiced law with his father. Barbara worked part-time at the Waterville Public Library and spent many hours volunteering for a variety of organizations. She joined the First Congregational Church where she was a member of the Women's Fellowship and served on several of their committees. She also played the hand bells in the hand bell choir. For many years she was a member of both the Waterville Women's Club and the Friends of the Maine Children's Home organizations, and also served on the board of the Maine Children's Home.
When her children were older, and time was more available, she and Bill took up golf and joined the Waterville Country Club. Barbara got a great deal of enjoyment playing golf with Bill as well as with "the ladies." She was a member of the Country Club Ladies Association and served a term as president. Barbara enjoyed card games and especially playing bridge with her friends. She and Bill also enjoyed spending several winters at their second home in Polk City, Florida.
Family was very important to Barbara. She enjoyed spending summers together at their camp on Snow Pond, and winters skiing and relaxing at their "little chalet" at Sugarloaf. She was a very thoughtful grandmother who never missed an occasion to send a card or note, and took great delight in attending her grandchildren's various activities and sporting events.
Barbara is survived by her son Paul Niehoff and wife Ashley, of Portland; daughter Nancy Bolduc and husband Damian, of Cumberland Foreside; as well as her grandchildren: Erin, Heather and Megan Niehoff, Billy, Sarah and Elizabeth Bolduc; many nieces and nephews; and her cousin, Blanche McGlory, who held a special place in her heart.
Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Bill, with whom she shared 64 years of marriage; her parents; and her sister, Norma Watt.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at The First Congregational Church, UCC, 7 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, with Rev. Mark Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Pine Grove Cemetery, 88 Grove St., Waterville. To view a video collage of Barbara's life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family, please visit: www.redingtonfuneralhome.com.
Donations in her memory
may be made to:
The Maine Children's Home
for Little Wanderers
93 Silver Street
Waterville, ME 04901
Published in Central Maine on Feb. 12, 2017