Barbara J. Ahlman, 70, of Hudson, MA, passed away, peacefully and surrounded by family, at home on Tuesday June 20, 2023, after a long period of illness.
Born on February 11, 1953, in Waltham, MA, Barbara was the daughter of her late parents William and Mary “Rita” (LeClair) Franks.
Barbara, a loving wife and mother, is survived by her husband of 51 years, Donald A. Ahlman, of Hudson MA; daughters Wendy (Ahlman) Wheeler and her husband Robert of Hudson, MA, and Laura Ahlman of Marlborough, MA; her son Shane Ahlman, of Westboro, MA; her three beloved grandchildren, granddaughter Jayden Wheeler of Hudson, MA, and her two grandsons, Kolby and Brandon Resendes of Hudson, MA and her beloved step-grandchildren Kevin Wheeler and Colton Wheeler of Auburn MA; her sister Deborah Elliott and her husband Jerry of Marlborough, MA; her brother Norman Franks of Waltham, MA; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends, all of whom she loved very much.
Barbara was predeceased by her late brother William “Pudgie” Franks.
Barbara was a homemaker for many years in order to be home for her three children, and also ran a daycare for many of her close friends. Once her children were grown, she worked at Cumberland Farms and Shell as the manager of the food services team.
Her greatest joy was being with her husband, Donald, and spending time with her family. Her family was her passion. She enjoyed nights at bingo, trips to the casino, playing the daily numbers and her scratch tickets, too. Barbara enjoyed cooking big meals for her family, and always made sure there was more than enough. She will always be remembered by those who knew and loved her.
Calling hours for Barbara will be held on Sunday, June 25, 2023, from 4pm-7pm at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA. A brief period of visitation will be held beginning at 10am on Monday, June 26, 2023, at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, with a Funeral Service beginning at 11am; followed by a procession to Forestvale Cemetery in Hudson, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barbara’s memory to: The American Lung Association of the Northeast, 1661 Worcester Road, Suite 301, Framingham, MA 01701 (www.lung.org).