Barbara Ann Starzynski

January 01, 1937 ‒ April 28, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  It usually took Barbara Starzynski a minute and a half to turn a stranger into a friend. Her personable and affable spirit communicated much more than friendliness – she was genuinely interested in people. She made an effort to befriend everyone, learn their family and stay current on family affairs.

Barbara passed into the Lord’s care Friday, April 28, 2017 from her Mansfield home. She was 80.

Born Barbara Ann Grube January 1, 1937 in Crafton, PA to Charles Francis and Bertha Elizabeth (Baumbeck) Grube, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA in 1959.  She was a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, North Central Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  She was first licensed to practice pharmacy in Ohio on January 10, 1961 and received recognition for 50 years of faithful service on February 4, 2015.

It was there at Duquesne, that she met another pharmacy student, Edmund Starzynski, and the two were married in 1960.

The couple moved to Mansfield from Wooster in 1969, and Barbara worked as a registered pharmacist more than 30 years, first with the former Peoples Hospital, then as Director of Pharmacy for Richland Hospital. She retired from Kroger Pharmacy on Lexington Avenue. At work, as well as everywhere, Barbara knew everyone!

Barbara was a member of Resurrection Parish, where she served on the funeral luncheon committee, and was a member of OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered with Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center Mansfield and was a member of the Sociables.

Remembered for her beautiful smile, Barbara enjoyed sewing and quilting, and gardening.

She is survived by her son Eric Starzynski of Conifer, CO; daughter Lisa Starzynski of Lakeland, TN; grandson Evan Bradfute of Lakeland, TN; brother Charles Grube, Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edmund in 1996. Also deceased is a sister Julia Heuler.

The Starzynski family will receive friends Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a Christian Prayer Service will follow at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Avenue celebrated by the Rev. Father Nelson Beaver.  Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The James Cancer Center’s Cancer Strategic Support Fund, and may be made at the funeral home.

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  • So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. I enjoyed having Barb help us with the funeral luncheons at Resurrection Parish, she was a lot of fun and when it was turn to call my group of ladies, of which Barb was a member to donate a side dish for a funeral luncheon she always would bring something. I’m really going to miss her.

    Mary Laisure
    Resurrection Funeral Luncheon Committee

  • My heart is with your family. I remember My Aunt Barbara being a good listener and having a good sense of humor. Love to all.

  • My sincere sympathy to Eric and Lisa and family. We so enjoyed working with Barb on our funeral luncheon committee we had a lot of good laughs together and will definitely miss her.

    Janet Bishop

  • My aunt was also my godmother. She was always busy and very energetic and fun to be around. Barb and my mother, Julia, used to spend alot of time on the phone when they were younger and my mother’s health was good. She was a great seamstress and produced amazing Halloween costumes for her children. I thought she was a very good cook and told her so, and she was very surprised. She didn’t think much of her own cooking but she could whip up a mean potato salad! The last time I actually spent time with her, we shared our impressions of various t.v. shows we were watching, namely “24”. We will miss her.

  • To Lisa, Eric, Evan, and all of Barb’s family, John and I want you to know how much we love Barb. We are going to miss her so much. She was our neighbor and friend for thirty years. We thought of her as family. I have many happy memories of just sitting and talking with Barb. We visited back and forth from her house to our house all the time. We had such fun times at neighborhood parties. I remember Barb and Ed hosting many of those neighborhood parties. She was present at so many of our family’s important celebrations. She sat at the family table at both Kim and Jon’s weddings because we all love Barb. Please know that we are grieving with you. However, in our grief we also celebrate Barb’s life. I loved her sense of humor. I admired how she stayed positive even when dealing with serious health issues. I think she was an exceptional person. It will be hard to not have her next door to us. We will miss her!

  • Lisa , Eric and Family……

    We are so sorry to read about Barb. We always enjoyed her wonderful personality and energy and remember her fondly from our fun “Band of Gold days”. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  • Dear Lisa, Eric, Evan and Chuck. Please accept my deepest sympathy on your great loss. I feel like I know all of you very well. Barb and I have been friends for about 25 years. We made it a point to try to get together for lunch or dinner at least once a month. Our time together always turned into a brag fest about our children and grandchildren. More than a few times, we thought the establishment wanted to kick us out for being there so long! Lisa and Eric, your Mom was so very proud of both of you, especially your kind hearts, and all of your accomplishments. Evan, your grandmother thought you were the smartest guy in the world. You were the light of her life. And Chuck, Barb spoke fondly of you so often, and wished she lived closer to her dear brother. When it was my time to talk, Barb was such an attentive listener, and I always felt she genuinely shared my joys and sorrows. Throughout her illness, Barb was so amazing, acting as if it was just an annoyance getting in the way of her visits to see her family, and outings with friends or her many volunteer jobs. Barb’s passing has left a void that I’m not sure how to fill, but I hope to honor her memory by trying harder to be kinder, more charitable and stoic, like my wonderful friend. I wish all of you strength in the next few days, and peace in days to come, knowing how very much she loved you.

  • Dear Lisa, Eric & family,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of Barb. She was such a wonderful person. I was a nurse at one of the Drs offices and I also would call in prescriptions to Krogers and she would help me when I had a questions. She was the greatest;. I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts.
    God Bless. Norma

  • Dear Lisa and Eric:

    Your mother will deeply missed. I had the pleasure to work with Barb for over a decade at Kroger. She always found a way to make everyone laugh and she became a cherished friend to all us that had the chance to work with her. Even after her retirement; we still kept in touch.

    My prayers go out to you and your family. Just know that your mom will be deeply missed.

  • Blessings upon Barbara and Ed’s family. RIP Barbara Ann. A few years ago I saw the name Starzynski at LA Kroger and asked her if she was related to Ed. Yep, his widow. “Barbara, I’m the guy who spent 3 days and 3 nights with your husband during the blizzard of January 26, 1978 at the hospital. We got to work and then stranded there, met in the hallway to find he’s the only pharmacist and I’m the only administrative staffer. We carried on as best we could, worked long hours then he and I met up to find a cot for the nights ahead in the school of nursing. Someone gave us a toothbrush and shaving kits. We kept in touch with our wives and were able to get home on day four.” She remembered those days for sure and smiled (she was on the job so I had to make it quick). She was a nice lady and pharmacist.

  • Eric, Lisa and Evan,

    I am so sorry I was not able to make it to the services tonight. I was not able to get away from work. We all loved your mom at Kroger Pharmacy. She would make us laugh daily. She had lots of friends and seemed to know everyone that walked thru the front door. I enjoyed seeing her at Kroger and the yearly pharmacy Christmas parties even after she retired. She was a great lady. She thought highly of you all and spoke of you often. I have a son Evan’s age and we would compare stories and pictures . Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Your mom was loved by so many people. May she rest in peace.

  • Dear Lisa and Eric,

    So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She always had the greatest smile and was glad to see us and visit. So many good memories of you and her. Our prayers and love to you.

    Most sincerely, Dick and Pat Haas, Punta Gorda Florida

  • Lisa and Eric,
    I was absolutely devastated to hear about your mom. You may remember me as Pat Lance. We were friends in Wooster when you and my children were born. I left a message on your mom’s phone. Please accept my apologies for not being there for the service. She and I had a wonderful time last summer at Kingwood center reminiscing about the time we were there with you kids. She was a wonderful lady!

    Sincere sympathy,
    Pat Filipiak