Mrs. Barbara Ann (Queenan) Riley
  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Barbara's memory to Lung Cancer Research c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th fl. Brookline, MA 02445.

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“Condolences. George O'Brine ”
1 of 33 | Posted by: George O'Brine - Salem, MA

“David, Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow. May you all take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. God Bless you all. ”
2 of 33 | Posted by: Maria + Ava Solomos - Beverly, MA

“It's not often you meet someone as genuine, good-hearted and selfless as Barbara. She had so much good in her and saw so much good in us. I feel the...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Amy Sargent - Salem, MA

“I am so sorry to hear about Barbara's passing. I met Barbara many years ago through my work at the Central Station Alarm Asssociation. She always...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Celia besore - Vienna , VA

“r.i.p barbara u were an amazing woman and will be missed by many... ”
5 of 33 | Posted by: Melissa Savio - lynn, MA

“Barbara will always remain in my heart. She was my definition of a lady every day of her life. God Bless all her family as she is surely an angel in...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Anna Roderick - Lynn, MA - Friend

“Mark & Family Words cannot describe how we feel about your loss. Will remember the fond memories we had of Barbara through the years. and our...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Mary & Bill Sisson - Lynn, MA

“I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy about 5 years ago and she is truly a woman that I will remember forever. If only I could have seen that smile one...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Rena Money - Fort Pierce, FL

“Barbara was a gem. She advocated for all of us employed with wayne alarm systems. God bless her family and friends in this time of need. She will be...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: tashima gallant - lynn, MA

““He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29 NIV) Our deepest condolences go out to your entire family. ...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Marc Duguay & Nancy Gosselin - FL

“I was one of Barbara's nurses while she was sick in the Hospital. Even though I didn't know her for that long she still had such an amazing impact on...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Kate Preston - Boston, MA

“Mark In the short time that I have known you I knew how deeply you loved and cherished your beloved wife Barbara. I am sorry that I never got to...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: AL Harris - Saugus, MA - friend

“Dear the whole Riley Family & Queenan Family, My deepest sorrow for your lost of your wife, sister & friend. Barbara had a big heart and I loved...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Linda Rennicks - salem, MA

“Dear Riley Family, We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you during this very difficult time. Barbara will be truly missed. Please...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Keith Buchanan - Pembroke, MA

“Barb, I just can not find the words to express the sorrow in my heart. I thought you would always be here!I love you and will miss you so much. ...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Margaret Roberts - Salem, MA

“We send our condolences to Barbara's beloved Mark and family. She is someone we were so happy to know along the way. ”
16 of 33 | Posted by: Barbara Hashian - Lynn, MA

“In the last 6 months I had spent time alone with my sister Barbara . I got to have conversations with her. We told each other things that we hadn't...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Jack Queenan - Salisbury, MA

“It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this thinking of my friend, “Barbs”. I first met Barbara in 1989 and have kept in contact with her...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Malcolm Pesner - Friend

“Mark and Family My prayer to you all at this time of loss. Know that Barbara may be gone but she will not be forgotten in your minds as her sprit...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Mark Goggin - Ft Lauderdale , FL

“I have been a customer with Wayne Alarm since 1996. Barbara was the only one I trusted when paying my bill via a credit card. She knew my voice...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Beverly Kahn - Swampscott, MA

“May the road rise up to meet you May the wind be always be at your back May the rain fall soft upon your fields May the sun shine warm upon your...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Joanne Comerford - Methuen, MA

“Dear Melissa and family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. May her loving memories help you through this very difficult time. My...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Valerie (Sibley) Cawthron - NH

“The warmth of her smile, the sparkle in her eyes. Her cheerful greeting - as if you were the only person on the planet that she wanted to see. Her...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Margo Hansen - Marblehead, MA

“I am very sorry for the loss of Barbara. You have my heartfelt sympathies. Sincerely, Carol(Letourneau)Carter ”
24 of 33 | Posted by: Carol Carter - Salem, MA - friend

“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mrs. Riley. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: Taylor Creek Marina Staff

“So very sorry for your loss. I only remember Barbara as a little girl who lived on Upham St. Went to school with her sister Margaret. Once again...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Michael Silva - Alton Bay, NH

“Mark, Mark Jr, Melissa, and David, I will always cherish the wonderful memories of our Barbara. I am so grateful for the wonderful sister she was....Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Ann M. Richardson - Salem, MA

“It always warmed my heart to make you laugh and to see you smile. I'm so grateful to Mark that I was able to spend those beautiful moments with you...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Jim Tate - Lynn, MA

“MY wonderful sister Barbara will be deeply missed by our whole family,she showed great strength and courage in all she went through.Barbara was...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: PATRICK QUEENAN - NORTH ANDOVER, MA

“You left such a loving and caring memory in everyone's heart Barbara including mine. I will always cherish the memories and experiences we shared...Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: Diane Sponholtz - Pebody, MA

“Losing Barbara is one of the greatest losses.... She was an angel. She never hurt a soul and always had a smile on her face for everyone... She...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Caitlyn McMath - Salem, MA

“Mark and the Riley Family: So sorry to hear of the loss of Barbara, she was a good friend and will be missed by all who knew her. My prayers...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: John Smedile - Saint Petersburg, FL

“To all of the Queenan siblings: I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. May all your memories help you through this. Janice (O'Connell)...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: Janice (O'Connell) Osgood - VA


SALEM- Mrs. Barbara Ann (Queenan) Riley 62, of Salem, beloved wife of Mark Joseph Riley, retired City of Salem Police Officer, died, January 3rd, 2013 following a remarkable battle with cancer bravely–fought with an abundant passion for life that impressed even her doctors and caregivers.

Born in Beverly, Barbara was a devoted daughter of the late John F. and Winifred (Carroll) Queenan. Barbara was raised and educated in Salem graduating from Salem High School and later continuing her education at North Shore Community College.

Barbara was first employed as a mail clerk, at the former Holyoke Insurance Company of Salem, thereafter, Barbara was not just a hard- working, dedicated employee of Wayne Alarm Systems in Lynn, but was truly instrumental in building the business from the ground-up. Barbara was with Wayne Alarm Systems for more than twenty- five years as Office Manager until her recent illness. She was a long-time member of the Lynn Chamber of Commerce and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Barbara, a caring, generous 'people-person,' was dedicated not only to her family but her profession and community as well. When someone was in need, or something needed to be done – Barbara would gladly be there, with tenacity and resolve for the task- at-hand. Barbara in her quiet, reserved manner loathed being the center of attention and desired no recognition for her accomplishments – no matter how momentous.

Barbara shared forty-four years of marriage with her devoted, loving husband Mark, who cherished her more than words can define. Barbara's love for her family was boundless. She was an extraordinary hostess of countless family holidays and celebrations – no small feat given her extensive, loving family. Barbara shall always be remembered for her beautiful smile, and unwavering devotion, to her family, her friends and even strang- ers in need. Her caring, generous heart of gold could always be seen in her sparkling Irish eyes.

Barbara relished a brisk walk – often with her "grand- dog" Packer. She loved nature, being outdoors, travelling and meeting new people. She enjoyed shopping and her daily workouts, but her utmost passion was time spent with her adoring family and doting over her cherished, precious grandchildren.

In addition to her loving husband, Barbara is survived by her daughter and closest confidant, Melissa J. Saraiva and her husband James of Salem, Ma; her sons, Mark J. Riley, Jr. and his wife Nancy of Ft. Pierce, Fl and David K. Riley and his wife Kelly of Raleigh, NC; her grandchildren, Amanda Saraiva, Casey, Abigail, Sarah, Braedon and (newborn) Zachary Riley. Barbara also leaves her siblings, Margaret Roberts and her husband Norman of Salem, George Queenan and his wife Patty of Salem, Joanne Comerford and James Camire of Methuen, Kathleen Mcmath of Salem, John Queenan and his wife Joanne of Salisbury, Ann M. Richardson of Salem and Patrick Queenan and his wife Laura of North Andover. Predeceased by brothers Paul E. and Gary R. Queenan. Barbara also leaves many cherished nieces and nephews and countless friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her Funeral will be held from The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem, Wednesday January 9th at 7:45 am followed by her funeral Mass in St. Pius V. Church, Maple St., Lynn, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours are Tuesday, January 8th from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Barbara's memory to Lung Cancer Research c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th fl. Brookline, MA 02445.