Hilton Head Island, S.C. — Barbara Marenghi Buchholtz passed away peacefully on Oct. 4, 2012, after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease despite wonderful care at Memory Matters, by Home Instead home care and Palm Meadows Court.
Barbara Marenghi Buchholtz was born May 11,1937, in Wellesley, MA, to Dominic ("Mickey") and Olga Marenghi. At the age of four she moved to Framingham, where she grew up and attended school. Barbara graduated from Framingham High School in 1955 and was elected prom queen that same year (she had photos to confirm this!)
Shortly after graduation, and with the encouragement of a family friend and local doctor, she went to New York to attempt a career in singing or modeling. She arranged a singing audition ("My Funny Valentine") and an interview with Eileen Ford, but didn't get the job, so she got on the bus and returned to Massachusetts.
Within a couple of years Barbara met and married her first husband, Malcolm Kadra and in 1961 she gave birth to her only child Lisa Ann. This was followed by a move to Manchester-By-The-Sea, on Boston's North Shore, where the family lived for 25 years. While there, Barbara worked at The Landmark School in Beverly Farms.
In 1980 Barbara and her husband divorced and she took a job as a medical secretary at Salem Hospital in Salem, Mass. It was there that she met her second husband Tom Buchholtz, a local general surgeon. The two stayed together and were married in 1986 in Key West, Fla. Barbara and Tom then lived in San Francisco and Sausalito, Ca., where Barbara was a long-time volunteer at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael. In 2002 they moved to Hilton Head, S.C.
Barbara loved to travel and from the mid 1980s she took frequent trips to Italy to visit her daughter and grandchildren and also during that time obtained her Italian citizenship.
Barbara was a bundle of energy. She was an outstanding cook and had a wonderful singing voice. She loved to exercise. Barbara was beautiful and best of all, she was genuinely funny. She'll be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband, Tom Buchholtz of Hilton Head; her mother, Olga Pancini Marenghi, of Framingham, MA; her daughter, Lisa Ann Kadra of Kenosha, Wisc.; two brothers, John Marenghi of Port Charlotte, Fla.,and Joe Marenghi of New Port Richie, Fla.; grandchildren, Cassandra De Rosa and Alessandro De Rosa of Florence, Italy; her sisters-in law Jean and Jackie, and nieces and nephew Pamela, Paula and Steven.
ARRANGEMENTS: The family requests memorial donations to Memory Matters,117 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head, S.C. A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at Windows on the Waterway, 5 Waterway Lane, Hilton Head on Wednesday, Nov.7, at 4 P.M. Island Funeral Home is serving the family.