In Memory

Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett age 71, born August 27, 1947, passed away November 5, 2018. Barbara A. Barnett passed away peacefully at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She was born in Cleveland Ohio to Herman and Frances Barnett. She was a 1965 graduate of Cleveland Heights High School. She was a long time resident of New York City, where she pursued her passion in theater and film. She is survived by her loving sister Karen Barnett-Woods, her brother-in-law Richard, three nephews and her New York family of friends.

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11/25/18 01:37 PM #1    

Alizah "Fran" (Fraida) Blake (Hochstead)

Baruch Dayan Emet 71 is so young

11/25/18 05:26 PM #2    

Shari Grischkan (Goodman)

I remember her as a friendly kind girl.  May her memory be a blessing.

11/26/18 11:03 AM #3    

David Brown




I did not know Barbara from school. Not a bit ...didn’t recognize her from her yearbook pic either. However I did live in NYC (Manhattan) for 34 years. I wonder how close I came to her as NYC is a bit of a small town. Were we ever at the same events; at a restarant a table apart. Did we sit across from one another on the subway..when I used to take those infernal beasts.  Maybe she danced next to me at that stupid drug infused disco: Studio 54 or sat in front of me at cineste Quad Cinemas...or maybe she was at the bar the Lionshead or at the Carlyle? I will never know. It unsettles me that she did not appear to have a life partner. NYC is particularly cruel for women who who age out and end up mostly alone.


Today I know of some. They had careers when then were young. Today they hold on to their jobs is the same old, tiny and now worn out rent stabilized apartments that the landlord will kill to get away from them. These were attractive women who had affairs maybe with a long term boyfriend who came out as gay or with a boss or married man who never left the wife he was always just about to leave.The first building I lived in back in 1974 was filled with them....women who aged out...and I knew then I could not let that happen to me; although the single older men seemed to tend to drink out early.

I have no idea what happened with Barbara but her spare obit raised the above questions. I hope her life was rich and full and mostly what she wanted. If there is an afterlife. I would love to sit and converse with her out our "Glory Days"" in NYC. I am sure we had much in common. And because of our mutual history I think I knew Barbara, our former classmate, well.






11/27/18 11:31 AM #4    

Linda Cohen (Mitchell)

Barbara was a friend from Wiley.  She was in my home room along with Sandi Beck and Linda Mittleman. The four of us had sleepovers mostly at Linda Mittleman’s who lived in a beautiful home.  I remember Barbara always loved theatre and I’m happy to know she was involved in some aspects of theatre in NYC. Never saw her again at Heights...but David Brown, we Wiley girls never knew you either. Guess it was almost impossible to know everyone in such a large class.  May her memory bea blessing along with Sandi’s.

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