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Doris M. (Bergamaschi) Barber

May 1, 1933 ~ August 13, 2018 (age 85)
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Doris M. Barber (nee Bergamaschi), 85, joined her Lord in Heaven on August 13, 2018 at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake.  She was born May 1, 1933 in Clairton, Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Barber was a long-time resident of Parma Heights.  She was a 1955 graduate of Slippery Rock State Teachers College in Pennsylvania and was a retired physical education teacher and athletic director for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School System, where she worked for many years.  She was the first woman athletic director for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School System.  She won multiple awards and honors while teaching, including the Teacher of the Year Award which was bestowed on her several times.  She was the head coach for the girls track team and she co-founded the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Gymnastics Program in the 1960’s.  Mrs. Barber was also the recipient of the Martha Holden Jennings Award for excellence in teaching.  She was known to thousands as Mama Bee and “Head Cheerleader”.  Mrs. Barber had an open heart and a welcoming soul.  She enjoyed animals (especially cats) and spending time with her beloved family.  She is survived by; her daughter, Deby Cartwright (Hilliard) of North Ridgeville; five grandchildren, Heidi Hendon, John Barber IV, Jade Barber, Kaila Barber and Alana Cartwright; one great-grandson, Xavier Hendon; and by one sister, Frances Bergamaschi.  She was preceded in death by; her son, John Barber III DC; her parents, Joseph and Felicita (nee Funicelli) Bergamaschi; three sisters, Emma, Rena and Sylvia; and by three brothers, Harris, LeRoy and Richard.  The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Wednesday August 22, 2018 from 5 to 8pm at the Liston Funeral Home, 36403 Center Ridge Rd., (at Stoney Ridge Rd.), North Ridgeville.  A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday August 23, 2018 at 1:00pm at St. Peter Catholic Church, 35777 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville.  Rev. Andrew Hoover, associate pastor, will celebrate the Memorial Mass.  The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools Foundation c/o the Doris Barber Memorial Scholarship.    


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