We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Werner & Rothwell Funeral Home
Barbara A. McAuley peacefully left this world January 28, 2022. Born in Westhampton Beach on June 22, 1945, Barbara attended Sacred Heart Academy in Sag Harbor, where she exceled at basketball, volleyball, and dedicated her talents to the choir. She graduated Saint Vincent’s School of Nursing, in June of 1966, pursuing her passion for nursing and her career as a lifelong emergency room nurse.
As her family grew, Barbara and her devoted husband Shaun of 53 years, moved from NYC to West Islip and finally to her hometown of Westhampton Beach. She dedicated her time to her family, her community, and her career. Barbara worked for decades in the ER room at Central Suffolk Hospital, as an on-call nurse for terminal homebound patients and as an A-EMT with the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance Association.
A prolific gardener and preserver, Barbara was always known to have a bounty to share with friends, neighbors, and family. Her pickles and beach plum jelly have no rivals. Mrs. McAuley was incredibly talented creating afghans, quilts and blankets for family and those in need. In association with The Immaculate Conceptions knitting guild, Barbara helped create items to be treasured for others in need. In 2012, she created enough mittens to fill the Riverhead Historical Society’s Mitten Tree at Christmastime. A feat she repeated yearly.
Mrs. McAuley is survived by her husband Shaun; her son Ian (Lynn) of East Moriches, Daughters Annmarie of Westhampton Beach, and Meaghan of Syracuse; Grandchildren Emma and Aidan McAuley, and Alexander and Caroline Kazmirski, who were her world; a brother Robert (Lynn) of Riverhead, and sister-in-law Philomena Barauskas (Joseph), countless nieces, nephews, family, and friends. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Marie, twin sisters Mary and Martha, and brother Joseph Barauskas.
Barbara has left us a legacy of love & caring, from patients in emergency rooms from New York City, across Long Island, to those within the Westhampton community. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Immaculate Conception Church’s Community Food Pantry.
A Memorial Mass will take place Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11:00AM at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Westhampton Beach, NY.