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Barbara A. York
February 5, 2024
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Barbara A. York, 91, of Carbondale, went home to be with the Lord on Monday February 5th at the Forest City Nursing Home.
Born in Carbondale, daughter of the late Charles and Mary Dottle York, she was a 1951 graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale, where she played the drums in the award winning band under the direction of Leon Bly. Barbara was born into a musical family, with her father being a performer and magician and her grandparents touring the country as Vaudeville performers, playing at the country’s top rated theaters, including New York’s world famous Palace Theater. She started her career as a professional musician, playing with Buddy Howe’s All Girl Orchestra at age 14. She was also a member of Chet Chester’s Orchestra from Forest City, and several other local orchestras from time to time. She was a member of the Musicians Protective Association, Local No. 130. During her high school years, Barbara formed her own band called the High Hats, playing every Saturday from 12 to 1 on WCDL Radio.
Barbara retired from Daystrom Manufacturing, Archbald, after a 31 year career. She would then become a Notary Public, working out of her home where she lived with her parents and grandparents. Barbara was active with the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Department, certified under the PA Lethal Weapons Act 235. A member of the NRA, she was a kind person with a heart of gold, who was outgoing and very generous. She loved dining out and going on trips to the casino; and she adored her two cats, Timmy and Susie. She touched the hearts of many people in a positive and caring way. She will be sadly missed and will live in our hearts forever.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Forest City Nursing Home for the wonderful care that Barbara received.
Surviving are a sister: Virginia York, Clifford Twp.; a sister-in-law: Cathy York; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers: David and Charles; and a sister: Joan.
The funeral will be Thursday February 8th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Interment will follow in Valley View Memorial Park. Arrangements by the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc., 55 Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale.