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Princess Barbara Obolensky

10/18/2007

Barbara Cecile Hoge Obolensky of Southampton, New York, and Waitsfield, Vermont, died peacefully on Thursday, October 11, 2007, at her home in Vermont.

She was the wife of Prince Ivan Peter Obolensky, originally of St. Petersburg, Russia, who predeceased her in 1975. They lived in New York where they raised their children and spent their summers in Southampton.

After his death, she moved to Water Mill to be closer to her children.

Born on September 11, 1914, in New Rochelle, NY, to the late Sidney Cecile (Cunningham) Hoge of New Orleans and F. Huber Hoge of Boston, she was the youngest of five children. Her brothers, Hamilton, Cecil,

Francis and John, all predeceased her.

She is survived by her twin daughters, Elizabeth Obolensky of Vermont and Southampton and Barbara Obolensky McGann of Southampton; four grandchildren, Whitney McGann and Alexander, David and Katarina Kruckel; a sister-in-law Sarah Hoge of Southampton; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends all of whom will miss her dearly. A third daughter, Catherine, died in infancy.

She graduated from the Ethel Walker School and spent her life caring for her family and actively working for her many favorite charities, especially those providing support to Russian refugees. She had a gift for getting others involved in her efforts and worked tirelessly to ensure success in all of her fundraising endeavors. In later years she devoted herself to doing research for her brother Cecil's many books.

There will be visitation hours Friday evening, October 19, at O'Connell's Funeral Home on Little Plains Road, Southampton, NY, from 7 until 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, at Sacred Hearts Church followed by internment at Southampton Cemetery.

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