Barbara Brockway

Barbara J. Brockway

Friday, December 3rd, 1948 - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
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Barbara J. Brockway,
Horseheads NY
Peacefully joined her Lord on Friday, October 2, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 3, 1948 in Poughkeepsie, NY to Edwin C. Blase, Jr. and Margaret McInroy. In addition to her parents, Barb was predeceased by her first husband William G. Sykes in 1976. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, David M. Brockway, with whom she recently celebrated 42 years of marriage. Also surviving are her loving children Kelly B. Bowman (Philip and daughter Jenise) of Raleigh, NC and Dr. Matthew M. Brockway (Bethany) of Brighton, NY, together with beloved grandchildren Ruby J. Brockway, Keegan B. Bowman and Tanner P. Bowman; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Mark and Jean Brockway of Ithaca, NY and Minnette and Jack Jordan of Berkshire, NY; nieces Rachel Webster of Brighton, NY and Kimberly Banks of Durham, NC; nephew Scott Babbitt of Round Rock, TX. While the kids were growing up, their numerous friends in and out of the house often came to call her their “second mom”. Barb later loved her opportunities to both visit and “facetime” with the grandkids. Barb graduated from Southside High School in 1967 and from Keuka College in 1971, whereupon she began a long social services career. She started with the Chemung County Department of Social Services where she spent 14 years, finishing as a Senior Caseworker. She then elected to stay home to help raise the children. She returned to the field in 1991 as a caseworker with the Elmira City School District, where she eventually became the Coordinator of the district’s Pupil Assistance in Learning (PAL) program. She finished her career as a Family Assessment Worker with Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Developmental Services, Inc. (CIDS), retiring in May of 2019.

Barb loved her chosen profession and was always able to easily relate to her clients. She valued her family times in the Adirondacks, Myrtle Beach, and Disney when the kids were young and also cherished many cruises and trips to destinations like Bermuda, Alaska, and Europe. She was especially fond of the annual stays in Aruba with family and friends. Her community activities included being a leader of the Girl Scouts; a Trustee of the Horseheads Free Library; a member of the Trinity Church Altar Guild and Horseheads Women’s Club. There were no louder cheers from the sidelines than when her kids participated in soccer, gymnastics, and marching band; Dave was worried a few votes may have been lost during those years! And you always knew from a mile away when the NY Yankees, Buffalo Bills, or Syracuse Orange were doing well (or not). She loved being “Boomie” to her grandchildren and treasured all of her visits with them. She was very fond of animals, having many family pets over the years, and so enjoyed watching her backyard birds and critters while working on her daily crossword puzzle. Those closest to her loved her laugh, her attitude on life, and the way she made her home a safe place for all to be themselves.
Special thanks are extended to the Horseheads Fire and Rescue Company; the Horseheads Police Department; the professionals and staff at Arnot Ogden’s Emergency and ICU Departments; and a whole host of wonderful, supportive friends and neighbors. Donations in Barb’s memory may be made to the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905 or the Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, 2435 NY-352, Elmira, NY 14903.
As all are welcomed, we will be adhering to NYS regulations for social distancing. Family will receive friends at the Sullivan Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 4-7PM. Due to COVID protocols, Funeral Mass led by Mother Wanda Copeland will be held privately. Barb will be laid to rest at Maple Grove Cemetery.

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Time: Oct 6, 2020 03:45 PM Eastern Time - 05:00PM
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sullivan's Funeral Home
    365 E. Franklin Street
    Horseheads, New York 14845
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    As all are welcomed, we will be adhering to NYS regulations for social distancing. Topic: Viewing and Virtual Gathering for Barbara Brockway's Calling Hours Time: Oct 6, 2020 03:45 PM Eastern Time - 05:00PM Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 399 010 6596 Passcode: 389116 One tap mobile +16468769923,,3990106596#,,,,,,0#,,389116# US (New York)
  • Private Family Service

    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 1:00pm
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    Topic: Mrs. Brockway's Funeral Mass Time: Oct 7, 2020 12:50 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 399 010 6596 Passcode: 389116 One tap mobile +16468769923,,3990106596#,,,,,,0#,,389116# US (New York) +13017158592,,3990106596#,,,,,,0#,,389116# US (Germantown) Dial by your location +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 399 010 6596 Passcode: 389116 Find your local number:
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  • Interment

    Maple Grove Cemetery
    715 Broad St.
    HORSEHEADS, NY 14845
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Larry Comereski

Posted at 05:41pm
Dave, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you at this difficult time.
Peggy and Larry Comereski

Julie Falk

Posted at 03:08pm
To the Brockway Family,
My deepest condolences for the loss of your wife and mother. Barb was such a lovely, lovely lady with a wonderful sense of humor. I feel fortunate for having known her. May peace and solace find their way to you all in time.

Julie Falk

Mimi Tarantelli

Posted at 06:19pm
Dear Brock, Matt and Kelly,

Barb left early as she always did...she'd say her peace, kind regards and leave when she felt it was time. It was never a grand entrance or exit, since nothing was every about her. Instead, she held the spotlight for others, for family and friends to bask in. I would seek her out when the pomp and pretense in a room was overcoming. Her frank genuine viewpoint would settle me. I will miss her dearly. I hope that your memories of her and the passing of time will help you find peace.

The good ones are always the hardest to mourn and so I fear you have quite a road ahead of you. I am so sorry for your loss.

Mimi T.

John Wahl

Posted at 04:08pm
We miss you Barb and we are so sorry for the loss to the Brockway Family. Barb was always so kind and generous. Her laugh could be heard across any crowded room. She will be missed by many. - John & Pat Wahl

Lois Immerman

Posted at 03:24pm
Dave & family,

I'm so sorry for this enormous loss. I worked with Barb at CIDS for several years and being the resident young person in the office at the time, I was recruited to house/dog sit. Dave, when you and Barb traveled to Europe, I took care of her beloved dog Casey, who was probably close to 12 years old at the time. She was a very sweet dog, undoubtedly because Barb adored her and babied her. (I think I remember an entire bin dedicated to dog treats.) I imagine she adored her grandchildren as well as, maybe even more than, Casey. Rest in peace, Barb, you will be sorely missed!

Lois Immerman

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