Muriel M. Barcellona, nee Brink, age 89, of Naperville

Written by Brust Funeral Home on September 19th, 2017

Barcellona-MurielMURIEL M. BARCELLONA, nee Brink, age 89, of Naperville, died September 18 at St. Patrick’s Resident, Naperville, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 24th from 3 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, September 25 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ The King Church, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.

Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

Mrs. Barcellona is the beloved wife of the Late Anthony. Dear mother of Rose Marie and Mary Anne (Michael) Collins. Fond sister of the Late Robert (Ellen) Brink. Loving aunt of Marilyn (Kenneth) Zollars, Jeffrey Brink, Roberta (Les) Novak, Stephen (Ellen) Brink, and Gregory (Diane) Brink. Many other great nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Barcellona married the love of her life Anthony Barcellona (Barce) in 1972 and became mother to his two daughters,  Rose Marie and Mary Anne. Muriel was born and raised in the Chicago, Austin neighborhood. In her thirties she moved to the suburbs, living in Bellwood, Hillside, Franklin Park,  and Elmhurst. Her retirement years were spent in sunny Florida. After the death of her husband (Barce) she moved back to the Lombard area spending several years as an active resident of Lexington Square. The last four years she lived at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville under the loving care of the Carmelite Sisters. Muriel shared a lifetime love of Scottie dogs with her dear friend Claudia Deckow. She was very talented in all areas of sewing, knitting, crochet, and needlepoint. She participated in many large craft shows over the years and displayed her beautiful hand crafted items.  She also loved Baking. She was active in her church and volunteered for PADS. Muriel was employed by General Electric in the employee relations department.  She was always available to help anyone in need. She will be missed by family, friends and anyone who was fortunate enough to make her acquaintance.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60631 or St. Patrick’s Residence, 1400 Brookdale Road, Naperville, Illinois 60563 would be appreciated.


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  1. Mary Anne Barcellona Collins says:

    I am sharing this posting of my cherished mom, Muriel. She finally passed after almost 10 years of being suspended in time because of dementia and Alzheimer’s. She came into our lives a couple years after our biological mother died and became the love of my father’s life, and became God’s angel in mine. She lavished on me so much love and understanding, she revolutionized my life with her tremendous artistry and talent with a needle, designing of every kind of clothing, hats, prom gowns, costumes, painting, wallpapering, decoupaging, Arts and crafts too many to number here. She included me in all of it. She was also a miracle worker with an iron and an ironing board. Her Thanksgiving dinners were ” events”, I don’t think anyone could rival the way she put it all together. And Muriel could make the hum drum weeknights come to life with her incomparable pot roasts, meatloafs! She even made it fun to go to weight watchers together and learn how to eat in a healthy way. I could go on and on. So I will!
    She taught me so much about writing, and took the time to help me through so many difficult and trying circumstances. She did everything a biological mother would do and more. You loved us well Muriel, no one will ever replace you, but your legacy lives on through all of us. Thank you for your tremendous generosity, your sweetness. You made life so much better for each of us, we will forever be grateful and we will never forget you!

  2. Shari Campeol Sharon says:

    So sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was always someone I looked forward to seeing and was totally comfortable with. It was very evident how much she loved Uncle Barce and you guys. We were lucky to have her in our lives.

  3. Robbin Murray says:

    Dear Family and Friends of Muriel,

    I had the privilege of knowing Muriel for approximately 20 years, when she was married to Rose’s and Mary Anne’s father. She was very friendly and generous and spiritual. She was very welcoming when we visited her and loved life and people. She was very intelligent and talented with crafts. She made some of the most beautiful Christmas tree wraps and Angels that I have ever seen. We had some wonderful times together for which I am grateful. She was so blessed with family that cared for her in her later years.

    She will be missed on this earth, yet I am so thankful that she has gone to her real “home” with her loving Father and Savior.

    Hugs, Robbin Murray

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