Laurel Mountain Borough lost a long-time resident this month:
Eleanor Barbaras, 96, a resident of Laughlintown for more than 50 years, died May 9, 2010, at Sunrise Assisted Living of Upper St. Clair, her home for the last two years. She was born in Norway, Mich., on Oct. 13, 1913, the daughter of the late August and Teckla Carlson Lundin, both of whom immigrated to the US from Sweden.
She married Robert Samuel Barbaras in Chicago in 1937 and was a loving and supportive partner throughout their 68 years of marriage and through his career until his death in 2005.
She was a long-time member of St. Michael’s of the Valley Episcopal Church in Rector and served as altar guild directress for 15 yrs. She also actively volunteered in her community, including Latrobe Area Hospital, Meals on Wheels and the Girl Scouts. She was an enthusiastic golfer and bridge player. She also loved playing the piano, painting and hosting gatherings of friends and family. Family and friends will all treasure memories of her sweet nature and grace, her warmth, and enthusiasm for life, her kindness and compassion for others, and especially her beautiful smile.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three bros, Herbert, Arthur and Kenneth Lundin; and one sister, Mildred L. Dolan.
She is survived by 2 daughters Ann Carol Beck, of Pittsburgh, and Judith B. Willoughby (and her husband William) of Chicago, Ill.; 4 grandchildren, Amy Zeiler of North Huntingdon, Steven Beck of Greenivlle, S C, David Beck of Washington, and Robert Willoughby of Vacaville, Cal; and eight great grandchildren, John and David Keeney, Carter, Samantha and Mason Beck, and Taylor, Alexander and Carter Willoughby.
A private funeral service was held at St. Michael’s of the Valley Episcopal Church, Rector with the Rev. Dr. James B. Simons officiating. Burial followed at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel, Inc. Ligonier.