Obituary: Barbara L. Ebbrecht – Portland Press Herald


Barbara L. Ebbrecht

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Barbara L. Ebbrecht, 84, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning April 16, 2022 at Larson Medical Center, Shell Point, Fort Myers, Florida. Her husband, John, was by her side and held her hand as she passed from this life to eternal life with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Barbara was born in Queens, NY to Albert and Beatrice Buck. Barbara grew up in Franklin Square and met John in their church’s youth group. She then graduated from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Barb and John made their home in Southborough, Mass., for many years, while Barb taught in Marlborough, Mass., retiring in 1995.

Barbara was very active in her volunteer work while spending many winters in Bonita Springs, Florida.; including local after-school programs and especially enjoyed helping children learn to love reading. She loved the outdoors, traveling and spending time with her horse, Classy. She also enjoyed hosting her family for vacations, her summers in Casco and Sunday pizza night. She enjoyed the close friendships she made in all of these areas of life. Barbara’s greatest joy was the time spent with her family.

She was an active member of the Shell Point Village Church as well as the Presbyterian Church of the Bay in Bonita Springs, Florida, and Christ the Redeemer Church in Portland.

She is survived by John, her devoted husband of 62 years; their children Christian John of Kennebunk and his two children Bryan and Chloe; Stephen of Berlin, Mass. and his wife Susan and their three children, Elizabeth, Abigail and Rachel; and her daughter, Amy Guzzi of Minneapolis, Minnesota and her husband Dave and their four children, Sarah, Tyler, Carter and Hannah, as well as Hannah’s husband, Nick DiStefano. She is also survived by her sister, Janet and her husband Bill Jackson of Independence, Va.

Barb will be greatly missed by her family and friends. There will be a memorial celebration of his life at Shell Point Village Church on Monday, May 2 at 11 a.m. A second service will take place this summer in Maine with details to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Barbara Ebbrecht be directed to

Hospice of Hope,

9470 Health Park Circle,

Fort Myers, FL 33908.

Or donate at

Golden Book


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