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Barbara A. “Barb” Burton

May 6, 1938 - May 27, 2020

Barbara A. “Barb” Burton, age 82, of Newark, DE, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Born in Wilmington, DE on May 6, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Josephine (Mangini) Maliszewski. Barb worked as a property manager for multiple apartment complexes.

Barb is survived by her children, Susan M. Thompson of Earleville, MD, Gerald A. Thompson, Jr. of Downingtown, PA and Richard A. Thompson (Susan) of Middletown, DE; siblings, Judy Gallucio (Nick) and Nick Maliszewski (Betty Sue); grandchildren, Kyle Kappel, Franz Kappel, Michael Thompson, Betsy Thompson, Savannah Thompson, Rickey Thompson, James Thompson and Carly Thompson; and loyal pet companion, Charlie.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barb’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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12 Condolences for Barbara A. “Barb” Burton

  • Judy, My deepest sympathy to you and your family of the passing of your Beautiful Sister Barbara. Praying for god to give you strength to get through this hard time. Thinking Of You. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Rest In Peace my beautiful Aunt!!!! I love u!

  • Sue and family I’m so sorry for your loss! I pray that God strengthens and comforts all of you, as you travel the journey of the grieving process. Susie, you look like your beautiful Mom! Blessings ❣️🙏

  • So sorry for the families loss . Praying God granted her a great life with no regrets and she reaps all the blessings of heaven!! Amen RIP

  • Judy and Nick, and Nick and Betty Sue,
    May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of Barbara.
    Love,
    Jude

  • Sue, Gerry, and Richard,
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Peace and love,
    John and Mari Samluk

  • Susie, So sorry to hear about the sad loss of your Mother. Words are inadequate but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • One beautiful lady.RIP Barb

  • I allow very few things in life to pull me down but, when I read Barbara’s obituary yesterday, my heart was filled-up with sadness. I am still at a completely numb stage today. I thought it would pass but I woke up as I did choked-up, tears rolling down my face and I feel like a vice is on my head. My ❤️ is still crying as well.

    Barb and I met at the time I left a second marriage behind. I rented an apartment in Turnquist/Elkton. She was the property manager. This woman was stern, staunch and intimidating; I was not. Needless to say, I was scared & afraid but, I have never let fear rule who I am.

    The move was a welcomed relief. For me, hurt was pushed aside, but, I was alone. My self-esteem was gone, if it even existed.

    This beautiful, intimidating woman, my landlord and I were (oddly) adjacent to each other. We were both on the second floor, we quickly became balcony buddies. We became each other’s protector, we both enjoyed 🎶 and it was a Michael Jackson dance era along with disco & smoothe Jazz. We quickly became friends. We even became sisters of shoes 👠 exchanging the same size heels or cowboy boots to complete the outfit. We traveled together ([Virginia Beach, Mannassas, Gettysburg, & always OC) and went to every dance from MD to PA. No matter where we went, we changed our names, many times, to protect the innocent! I mostly was Skipper to her being Barbie; but looking back, our actions were more Thelma & Louise. We laughed uncontrollably wherever we went. We were inseparable for 8-10 years.

    I bought a condo & gutted it & moved to Newark. She changed jobs, we sadly didn’t see one another but, on occasion. My move affected our friendship and our outings. Our visits were lunches and then the calls were less frequent.

    In retrospect, neither of us did wrong, our lives changed and a 15-year difference in our ages caught up to us, her’s before mine.

    We have been in TN now, 23 years. I last talked to Barb right before Shelby’s & Chris’s Wedding in 2010. She was going to come but, left me a message, she wouldn’t be able to be there. Sadly, I dropped the ball; I should have followed-up with a call back. Now, that won’t fix the void I am having—and believe me, this hit me deep.

    People, Please! Pick-up the phone—Reconnect. I know Barb hears me now and is watching & reliving our sisterhood and laughing. We weren’t blood but, we were FAMILY, the family we choose in life, a wonderful GIFT to one another. I will never forget my sister, Barb. Rest In Peace Barbie

    xox
    —Skipper

    To each of the families your Mom/Sister/Grandmom was the best. Quite a character and she gave me strength. I am so sorry for your loss as I know, Barb was one of a kind. Sending my love & prayers for your days ahead 🙏

    Gail Abner-Baldwin
    Kingston, TN

  • Judy and Nicky, our sincere condolences on your loss of Barbara. She was always a good cousin. Rest In Peace Barbara.

  • Nick and Bettysue How often you mentioned your sister and your visits to help or visit through the years and as she grew more ill. You were a kind and faithful pair. You are great family. That is a very pretty picture of Barbara. RIP

  • SO SORRY TO HEAR THE BAD NEWS THE FIRST TIME I MET BARB WAS AT MY BACK YARD AS SHE WAS TAKING A WALK. WE EXCHANGED NAMES AND TALKED ABOUT EVERYTHING AND NOTHING. VERY NICE PERSON