Obituary of Barbara Strambi

August 7, 2019

(2/29/28-8/7/19) - Loving daughter, wife, and mother, Barbara passed quietly at home on Aug. 7. She is survived by her daughter, Nicole; her son-in-law, Chuck; a niece, Stephanie, her favorite cousin, Renee; dear friends Yassa Kone and Dean Baker; and her beloved kitty, Baby Shane. Born in New York City, Barbara lived on Christopher Street for more than 40 years, and was a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community, attending the first Gay Pride March in 1970. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of Hollywood films, modern celebrity and pop culture, and was known for her quick wit and sharp mind. In the 1950's she was E.B. White's assistant at The New Yorker and later worked for the Dean of Students at Cooper Union College for 22 years, a position she cherished because of the daily contact she had with eager, young minds. Chic, charming and vibrant to the very end, Barbara's best memories were of the many summers she spent with her late husband, Nicola, and her daughter in the Cinque Terre region of northern Italy. Barbara will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her. Just like her favorite singer Frank Sinatra crooned on "Thanks for the Memories,'' Barbara's family and her many friends and acquaintances are forever blessed by gracious, loving memories of how she touched us all.

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