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Barbara L. Heineman

January 13, 2016
Lake Placid News

Barbara "Bobby" Lee Heineman (nee Thorn), aka "Burb," of Palm Coast, Florida, and formerly of Stamford, Connecticut, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was 82.

Born June 18, 1933, in Hudson, she is survived by her husband of 59 years, Nick, as well as three sons: Brett (Bonnie) of Carmel, Scott (Ann) of Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Gregg (Sally) of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois; and seven grandchildren: Katie, Nicholas, David, Sarah, Andrew, Nicole and Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents Craig and Eleanor (McElroy) Thorn, her brother Craig Thorn, sister Sue Pasco and son Keith.

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Barbara graduated from Hudson High School in 1950 and St. Lawrence University (Canton) in 1954, where she maintained close ties. She wrote her SLU class column for many years, was a telethon and fundraising volunteer, served on the Alumni Executive Board and was chairwoman for their 15th and 20th reunions. Out of college, she started her career in helping others as a social caseworker for the Westchester Department of Family and Child Welfare, where she witnessed and battled with racial inequalities.

Barbara was a former director of volunteers at Quintard Senior Citizen Center; chairwoman of public relations and member of Board of Directors, Visiting Nurse Association; first vice president of Board of Directors, King School; Aid for Mentally Challenged Children volunteer; TB and Health Association Committee chairmanships; United Nations Information Center volunteer; American Cancer Society worker; and director of public relations, Conway Import Co. Inc.

Barbara met Nick, her future husband, on a White Plains Ski Club trip, of which he was the president. They wed on April 28, 1956, in Hudson and would begin one of the most loving partnerships, which carried on without a single hiccup to their final days together.

They settled into their Stamford, Connecticut, home where they would reside for the next 40 years, raising their four sons. Prior to that, while renting a small house in Ardsley (where their first two were born), they bought a small cottage in Wilmington in 1958. This weekend getaway was in the heart of New York's Adirondack State Park and home to Whiteface Mountain. Here Barbara and family loved to hike, paddle, fish and ski. They especially enjoyed their winters skiing with friends and family at Whiteface and the apres-ski gatherings at Steinhoff's. They also loved the tranquility found on Saranac Lake, where they camped annually well into their retirement years. Their Adirondack highlight was being there as spectators for most of the events at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics.

Barbara was also an incredible tennis player, swimmer and runner, and she usually ruled the ping-pong table. Her love of life was well known, and she was often the life of the party, ruling the dance floor even when there wasn't one. She was a big sister and second mother to many, always lending an ear to anyone who needed a shoulder to lean on, including total strangers. She loved to read and write, and many still have her thoughtful letters stashed away.

The family is planning a celebration of Barbara's life at a date to be determined this coming summer.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation, in Barbara's memory, to the Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Chapter, P.O. Box 65, Keene Valley, NY 12983.



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