Barbara A. Farina

May 31, 1932 ‒ October 03, 2016

Galion, Ohio

Barb was the family matriarch and always said that she was very blessed with a big beautiful family. She will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her. Barbara A. Farina, 84 passed away Monday evening, October 3, 2016 unexpectedly in her Galion home.

She was born May 31, 1932 in Galion and was the daughter of Glenard and Mildred (Deisch) Walnum. On August 25, 1951 she married Angelo A. Farina and they enjoyed 57 years of marriage until his passing on November 5, 2008.

Barb is survived by children Cheryl (David) Pridgen of Raleigh, NC, Laura Smith of Galion, Steven (Teri) Farina of Westerville and Mark (Debra) Farina of Galion; grandchildren Lisa (Rob) Safrit, Ben (Debbie) Farina, Keeley (Adam) Lorenz, Brandi (Ryan) Gilliland, Brent Farina, Dane (Sara) Farina, Megan (Doug) Black, Jessica (Chris) Hill, Maria (Ryan) Francisco, Stefan (Dangie) Farina, Ryan (Megan) Farina and Taylor (Amanda) Smith; great-grandchildren Bryce Safrit, Brant Safrit, Gavin Lorenz, Mason Lorenz, Piper Farina, Wyatt Farina, Hudson Lorenz, Fitch Farina, Claire Black, Owen Black, Caleb Francisco, Evelyn Hill, Grey Gilliand, Eleanor Hill and Kyrian Farina; brother Loren (Janet) Walnum of Crestline; step-brother Malcolm (Rita) Cooper of Gray Tennessee and sister-in-law Virginia Smiley of Galion.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by son-in-law Don Smith; great granddaughter April Farina; two brothers David Walnum and Gene Smiley and sister Dolly Heinberger.

Barb graduated from Galion High School in 1946. She currently worked as a designer at Flower Cart Florist and had been there for over 40 years. Barb has been a member for over 55 years of Club, a group of ladies in the area that got together at first to play cards and ended up sharing friendships and supporting each other. Barb was an avid reader and enjoyed painting many Christmas Santas. Her family and friends will always remember her traditional Sunday pasta dinners.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4p.m., Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 10 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 135 North Liberty St. Galion with Father Paul Fahrbach as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to A Special Wish Foundation Galion Chapter in care of the funeral home.

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  • Laura so sorry for your loss remember all the good memories & may you feel God’s arms around you alwaysđź’ś

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the Farina family at this time. Barb was a very special person. She will be missed.

  • I’m so sorry for you loss, Laura. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • To all of the families of Barb.
    Max and I send our love and sympathy to all of you in the loss of your loved one Barb.
    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days to follow.
    Ruby and Max Cover

  • The loss of a loved one is a very sad and heavy load to bare. May you find comfort in the Bible’s promise at Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” We all look forward to that day when we will not have to worry about death, mourning, or pain. As we await that day, may we rely on Jehovah, because Psalms 46:1 helps us to see that “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.”

  • So sad to hear of Barb’s passing. She was truly one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family.
    I will miss seeing your smiling face and happy, upbeat outlook on life.

  • Barb will live in the hearts of so many, especially her beloved family. I was blessed to work and socialize with her all my 13 years at the Flower Cart. She had a way of mothering us and bring out the best in us. She loved to share her family, always had a stack of photos to share. I love and miss you!

  • Cheryl & family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I know she meant so much to you, and I know how you feel. I still miss mine after these 19 months (to the day on the 3rd) since she passed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We love you.

  • Dear Steve, Cheryl, Mark, Laura and family,

    I was deeply saddened to hear of your mom’s passing, and have been thinking of her often during this past week. She was as much of my childhood and adult years as my own family, and I consider her as part of my extended Galion family. I reminisce fondly of my times spent talking to her over the years, as Steve and I went through the different stages of our lives. I’m sure she went through some challenging times with us young , active and energetic juvenile delinquents. I was fortunate to have had lunch and a long conversation with her in April of last year . I will deeply miss her positive and cheerful disposition and truly feel as though I have lost a much loved family member. Go with the angels…

    Bob Liscano

  • Barb was a treasure, a true treasure on earth. Barb was special and kind and brought a smile to our faces. She was my friend, my mentor, colleague, and sometimes confidant whom I respected and loved. I feel very fortunate and truly blessed to have had Barb in my life for 20 years.
    Love and prayers

  • A very special lady has been taken to Heaven to be with her beloved husband. We had several Angels who lived on South Street and helped raise alot of children thru our lives and Mrs. Farina was certainly one of them. She always had a beautiful smile on her face and love in her heart. We could go to her for anything, even asking her to iron your wedding dress when your own Mother wasn’t happy with you for getting married at such a young age.She was happy to do it for me.As she got older it was hard to see her struggle to do simple things.Recently I helped her carry in her groceries because she was tired and it was taking her so long to do something I could do in NO time.I am SO glad I walked over to talk to her a couple of weeks ago, which was my last time to see her. She was happy to welcome me in just to talk for awhile. Thinking of all of you and all of the neighborhood kids who grew up having her in their lives, we were truly the Blessed ones. God has welcomed a true Angel into Heaven.

  • We would like to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with Barbs family.

  • To the Farina Families,
    When one thinks of Barb, you truly believe in the word angel on earth. Barb was one of the kindest persons we have ever known. Barb’s smile brightened a room immediately. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for your loss.
    The Ron Nelson Family
    Ron, Linda, Todd, Erika, Kipp, Brittany, Lahna, Ronnie Noelle, Blakely Sue, Luke Skywalker Thomas, and KJ Nelson and Addison and Parker Dunnington

  • Our prayers are with your mom and your family. May God bless and keep you. May His face shine upon you and give your His peace.