Barbara Jane Preisz 1955 - 2016


Barbara Jane Preisz passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Portland, from a sudden heart attack. Born in Portland, May 12, 1955, her parents were Milton A. Preisz, Jr. and Lois Heesacker Watkinson.


She grew up in Newport, and Salem, and graduated from University of Oregon. Following a brief work career in Portland, she left for Boston, working successfully at IBM, Harte-Hanks Data Technologies, Microsoft, Jefferson Wells, PM Solutions and retiring from Boston Engineering Corporation.


Barbara was loved by so many. She filled every room with joy and laughter and made everyone she met feel loved and part of the party. She was a rebel with a heart of gold and had a wonderful sense of humor. She built a full life in the Boston area with many close friends while maintaining her lifelong friends from Portland. She was the East Coast Mom to her six nieces and nephews who all left Oregon for college in the Northeast. She loved her horse, Henry. In July of this year, Barbara left Boston to open a new chapter of her life in Alaska. She visited many friends and family during a cross-country trip through the lower 48 to Alaska.


Barbara is survived by her close friend, Pegi Watkinson; brother, Michael Preisz (Karen); sister, Wendy Lane Stevens (Jeffrey); six nieces and nephews, Cristina Lane Rickard, Allison Lane Lyneham, Matt Preisz, William Bill Preisz, Andrea Preisz, Theodore Ted Lane; and eight great nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude Hospital.