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Lucille (Pezzula) Van Baars

Lucille (Pezzula) Van Baars
  • September 10, 1931 - May 29, 2017
  • Needham, Massachusetts

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“Our condolences to Lucille's family on her passing. We had many good times on the "Follies" and the "Barn". She was a wonderful lady and I wish I...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Jack Farrell - RENSSELAER, NY

“Lucille was always a warm, outgoing and loving cousin. We will miss her smiling face, quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Ralph and Becky Pezzulo - Albany, NY

“We had many great years together with since 1950. May you rest in peace with John. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Norma Laniewski - Scotia, NY

“Sending prayers your way. Here's knowing she is in a better place and with her sisters, parents and husband. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Megan Giabanis

“My condolences to Lucille's family. I was close to Lucille's husband but had lost contact with him many years ago. I was an usher at Lucille's and...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Herman DeYoung - Bedfoed, NH

“Our Condolences,Very Fondly - Arthur & Rosemarie DeLuke ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Arthur & Rosemary DeLuke - NC

“I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Lucille. She was a great lady and will be missed. Love to the family.Eileen(Doherty)Potter and family ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Eileen Potter - Big Sandy, TX

“One of the classiest women I've ever known; proud to have had the honor of calling her my aunt. RIP Tiny, and hug mom, Aunt Rose and Aunt Martha for...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Reo - Wynantskill, NY

“Betty, David & Marianne, Johnny & Linda and families: Aunt Lucille will always be remembered and loved deeply in our hearts. She was such an...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Nancy Doherty - Rockmart, GA

“Not everyone is fortunate enough to have an aunt that loves them like a mom... I had three! I love you Aunt Lucille...give em all a hug from me . ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Georgi - family

“I have so many wonderful memories of my time with Lucille. What a special person. It seems inadequate to say I loved her very much. She will always...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy and Martin Bourke

“To my second mother so glad I gave you the nick name Ma you looked after me for many years at babson as well as the rest of the crew and we all hold...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Terry Sullivan - Wellesley, MA

“Dear Cousins,Aunt Lucille was such a great lady. We love her and you so much and you're in our prayers.Love, Chris, Colleen, and the girls ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear cousins: our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss our amazing Aunt Lucille so much. We love you all.Joanne, Mike and Billy. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Joanne Carroll - Latham, NY

“Dear Betty,John & David, I just found out through a friend about your loss, my hearth goes out to all of you. I only had the privilege to know your...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Rosella Marino - Needham, MA

“You will forever be in our hearts Lucille. Thank you for everything you have done for all of us. I will see you again my friend. Sending you all my...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Michelle Donovan

“Remembering my Babson coworker and friend. Thank you for your support and kindness Lucille. I miss you. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Andy Feick

“The Red Sox would like to send their condolences to one of our greatest fans. RIP Lucille ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Boston Red Sox - Boston, MA


Lucille (Pezzula) Van Baars, 85, of Needham, passed away on May 29, 2017, surrounded by family. Lucille was born on September 10, 1931, in Albany, New York, and was the oldest daughter of Salvatore and Mary (Urbano) Pezzula. She attended Albany's St. Anthony's School followed by Cathedral High School, from which she graduated in 1948. After singing a solo in a local vaudeville production entitled "Here's to Youth," Lucille was cast as the Mistress of Ceremonies on "Backyard Follies," a radio show performed by teenagers and which aired on WABY. The success of "Follies" led to a televised show for which Lucille again served as Mistress of Ceremonies; the "Teen Age Barn" debuted on WRGB TV in 1949 and went on to become the longest-running locally produced televised variety show in America. Lucille also performed regularly at Jimmy Barone's Murray Inn and was a member of the Musical Comedy Players. On May 7, 1955, she married John Van Baars and moved to Massachusetts, where John worked for Delbrook Engineering and later Raytheon. John and Lucille rented an apartment in Somerville before buying their first home in Tewksbury and later relocating to Needham. When her children were young, Lucille enjoyed volunteering as President of the P.T.A. She was also Founder and President of The Squaws, a ten-pin bowling league later known as the Tuesday Homemakers. She was active and instrumental in the development of the CCD office and library at St. William's Parish in Tewksbury and later became a dedicated member of St. Joseph's Parish in Needham. She also served as President of the Needham Newcomers Club. When her children had grown, Lucille embarked on a long and successful professional career that included positions at Faith Casler Associates, Carter's, and finally Babson College, where she worked for 25 years and was the recipient of a "Women Who Make A Difference" Award as well as multiple "Employee of the Quarter" honors. In her free time, Lucille enjoyed reading, playing bridge, knitting, listening to opera and musical theater, researching her Italian ancestry, and cheering on her beloved Red Sox. Lucille is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Godin of Medfield; her son David Van Baars and his wife Marianne of Raymond, ME; and her son John Van Baars and his wife Linda of Yarmouthport, MA. She was also extremely proud of her six grandchildren. She is survived by her granddaughter Lisa Halliday and her husband Theo Collier of Milan, Italy; her granddaughter Andrea Halliday of Jamaica Plain, MA; her granddaughter Alexandra Van Baars of Holbrook, MA; her grandson Zachary Van Baars of Bellingham, WA; and her granddaughters Sasha and Natalie Van Baars of Raymond, ME. Lucille also leaves behind many dear in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins primarily in the Albany area. She was predeceased by her husband in 1999 and more recently by her sisters Rose Goffredo, Mary Ann Mancinelli, and Martha Francis. Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Thursday, June 1st from 4-7 pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Church, 1362 Highland Ave, Needham, on Friday at 10 am. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Needham.