Julie (Barker) Cantelli, age 71

of Quincy

Julie (Barker) Cantelli, age 71

Julie (Barker) Cantelli, age 71, of Quincy, died Monday, May 31, 2021, after a courageous 35-year battle with multiple sclerosis. She passed peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Julie was born in Boston, to the late Cathryn (Albro) and John R. Barker, M.D. Raised and educated in Needham, she was a graduate of Needham High School, Class of 1967, and Salem State College, Class of 1971. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Memphis State University.

Julie lived in Quincy for over forty years. She was also a resident of Yarmouth Port for the past nine years.

She was employed as a special education teacher in the Quincy Public Schools for many years. Her extraordinary patience and kind, gentle manner had a profound impact on the students with whom she worked throughout her teaching career.

Julie lived life to the fullest, always with grace, resilience, and a sense of humor. She was an avid reader who enjoyed traveling, spending time on the beach, and socializing with friends. More than anything, she loved being with her family, especially her children and grandchildren, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for forty-one years of Stephen Cantelli.

Devoted mother of James Cantelli and his wife Casey of Quincy, Katharine Cronin and her husband Timothy of Milton, and Andrew Cantelli of Quincy.

Loving grandmother of Teddy and Adeline Cronin.

One of eight siblings, she was the dear sister of Molly Shaw, John Barker, and Thomas Barker, and was predeceased by Kate Barker, Suzanne Oldmixon, Joan Shaw, and Harry Barker.

Julie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, June 4, from 4-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Saturday, June 5, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Julie’s memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, 101A First Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451.


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  • It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Julie. Loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, dedicated educator and very dear friend, Julie was an inspiration to all. Her extraordinary courage and determination as she battled her debilitating illness was lost on no one. Steve’s profound love for Julie was evidenced in his undying support for her in good times and in bad. So happy she was able to attend her son’s wedding, something we all knew was so important to her. God bless Julie’s family as they deal with this tremendous loss. May memories of happier days and a life so well lived sustain them during the months ahead.

  • I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. May she rest in beautiful peace.

  • I am heartbroken over the loss of Julie. My deepest condolences to the Cantelli family. Julie was one of the most caring, loving, positive people I know. I was very blessed to be her friend. She will always be in our hearts with many fond memories and sorely missed. Rest In Peace beautiful Julie ❤️❤️

  • So very sorry for your loss. We will miss Julie so much; she was so kind we are honored that we knew her…thanks to our kids and good old Cape Cod. She will be remembered so fondly on our hearts.
    Lauria and Fred Tiberii

  • So sorry for your loss, Steve. May God the father take Julie’s hand and lead Julie into eternal peace with the hope of rising again. May God comfort you and your family in this time of need.

  • We met Steve while he and I crossed paths on Mayflower Besch in Dennis, walking our dogs. We instantly connected. Once we then met Julie…our lives became instantly richer. A few short years became a lifetime of love through friendship, our lives enhanced by the example of Steve and Julie. It is said the nothing lasts forever…but this friendship and love shows that is wrong. Sweet Julie, though you have passed into eternal love, you will forever remain with every one of us who has been graced by your friendship. Until we meet again, warm us with your smile!

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Julie was an amazing woman. She was an example to many, her students, her children and her peers. She will be missed. Hope she is at peace now.

  • Our deepest sympathies to you Steve and family.
    Julie was the epitome of courage as she battled that terrible disease. However, she made the best of it by living the fullest for you and her family.
    Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • I was saddened to hear about the passing of Julie. Her accomplishments in life were remarkable and commendable. My thoughts of the family was in Dennis at the beach. My prayers go out to Stephen and the family. So sorry for your loss. Best, Jeannie Giangrande