Barbara Joan Fogarty was born October 31, 1932 in Weehawken, New Jersey. She left this earth on May 21, 2014 to join her family in heaven.
Barbara is survived by her brother, daughter, son and two grandchildren. Barbara is one of two children and is survived by her brother James Edward Donahoe. Her first two children, who predeceased her, are Claire Patricia Fogarty, born October 28, 1956 and Paul Kevin Fogarty, born April 1, 1959. Surviving children include Diane Marie Fogarty and Kenneth Robert Fogarty. Her grandchildren include Molly Erin Farragher and Colleen Faith Farragher.
Barbara was the daughter of the late James Edward Donahoe and Florence Elsie Donahoe (Smith). Her father joined the U.S. Navy and fought in World War I before becoming a New York City police officer and later a distinguished civil engineer. Her mother was part of a troupe in the popular Ziegfeld Follies before becoming a loving mother and homemaker. Barbara grew up in the Bronx, New York when her family moved to a home on St. Andrews Avenue. She attended grade school at St. Nicholas of Tolentine before graduating from Aquinas High School in Bronx, New York in 1952. She was courted by a dashing fellow named John Patrick Fogarty. They married October 30, 1954 at St. Francis of Rome church in New York. Babs and Jack eventually relocated to California, where they lived in Costa Mesa before buying and settling into their first home in the foothills of La Crescenta. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Barbara worked as a reporter for the Montrose Ledger and submitted articles focused on the current social and fashion scenes of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Later she went on to work as a teacher's assistant in the Glendale Unified School District and focused on working with children who had learning disabilities. She had a lust for life and an affinity for baseball. When she wasn't being a doting grandmother, you could find Barbara rooting on her beloved Dodgers and taking in games with her brother, Jim.
Although her passing was sudden and unexpected, there is comfort in knowing that she was surrounded by her family and friends. The measure of a person can be found partly in how they treat others. Barbara was never absent of a warm smile and a kind word. She lit up a room and her love was unconditional. She will surely be missed by many.
"Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us along our journeys even when they are no longer with us." –Maria Shriver
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in Barbara Fogarty
name to: The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation/Education and Literacy Pillar
Checks can be made out to: Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
Mail checks to: Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, C/O David Brennan, Director., 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Donations may be made online at: dodgers.com/ladf
Please indicate you that you would like your donation to be made specifically to the Education and Literacy Foundation Pillar
List our address so that we may thank you for your donation In the name of Barbara Fogarty, 3726 Palo Verde Ave., Long Beach, CA
Reception: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:30 pm. Home of the Gallandt Family, 3339 Gondar Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808 (562) 421-8038
Hotel Service nearby: Courtyard Marriott. 3841 N. Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90808 (562) 429-5803
Arrangements under the direction of Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Mortuary, Long Beach, CA.