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Barbara Macagnone

May 23, 1935 - June 11, 2014
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      When Barbara Macagnone walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Barbara was and how she impacted those around her. Barbara was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Barbara wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Barbara was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.       Barbara was born on May 23, 1935 at Bellvue Hospital in New York. She was the daughter of Michael Sokalsky and Rose Rublowsky. Her parents later divorced and Michael Sokalsky married Grace Genther and Rose Rublowsky married Adam J Samulenas. She considered Jean Foley a family friend her little Mom. Barbara was raised in Brooklyn NY. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Barbara might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Barbara was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.       Barbara was raised with Four siblings. Paulette and Carol Sokalsky (twins) children of Michael and Grace Sokalsky, Charles Genter (son of Grace Sokalsky) and Arlene Foley (daughter of Jean Foley). Barbara was very accepting and supportive of...
      When Barbara Macagnone walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Barbara was and how she impacted those around her. Barbara was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Barbara wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Barbara was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Barbara was born on May 23, 1935 at Bellvue Hospital in New York. She was the daughter of Michael Sokalsky and Rose Rublowsky. Her parents later divorced and Michael Sokalsky married Grace Genther and Rose Rublowsky married Adam J Samulenas. She considered Jean Foley a family friend her little Mom. Barbara was raised in Brooklyn NY. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Barbara might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Barbara was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Barbara was raised with Four siblings. Paulette and Carol Sokalsky (twins) children of Michael and Grace Sokalsky, Charles Genter (son of Grace Sokalsky) and Arlene Foley (daughter of Jean Foley). Barbara was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Barbara was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Barbara well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      During her high school years, Barbara responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. Barbara was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Barbara absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Barbara, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Barbara a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Barbara was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Barbara was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, her best friends were Arlene Foley, who she also considered her sister, Barbara Klofak, Barbara Kirwin, Felecia Henriquez and Julia Bacchio. Later in life, she became friends with Nita and Artie Patel, Eva and Harry Rogers, Gerri Tedesco and Anar and Imitaz Gulamhussein.

      On August 28, 1953 Barbara married Andrew Macagnone Jr. at City Hall of Charleston, South Carolina. They again married at the Military Ordinate in El Paso Texas on April 19, 1954. Barbara's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Andrew's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Barbara was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Barbara was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Barbara, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Macagnone home. Barbara's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Barbara was blessed with four children: three sons, Mark, Joseph and Andrew and one daughter Deborah. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Alexander, Crystal, Teresa, Joseph, Jonathan, Jennifer, Cristina, Rebecca and Gina. Her great-grandchildren are Gianna and Carmine.

      Barbara was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Secretarial. She was employed by White Sands Proving Ground in White Sands, New Mexico until April 1954 and Health Insurance of Greater New York. Barbara was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Barbara had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Barbara's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Barbara loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were dancing, which included belly dancing, swimming, reading, watching crime shows and needle pointing which she had framed and are hanging in her house. Barbara had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Barbara's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Barbara derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Barbara was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list was hockey, Her favorite team was the Rangers.

      Throughout her life, Barbara was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Barbara seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Barbara usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout her later years, Barbara was an active member of the Red Hat Society.

      Because Barbara was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, she always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Barbara's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made her a great asset. Barbara found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. Politically, Barbara was a strong supporter of the Republican Party and was a member of the Republican Committee for George Bush.

      Barbara was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. Although Barbara was not a member of any particular church she was a very religious woman. During her final weeks, Gerri Tedesco who was also a Eucharistic minister would say mass with Barbara and give her Holy Communion. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Barbara's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Barbara took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included South Hold, Long Island visiting with her Aunt Blanche, Mystic Seaport in Mystic Conn and the Granite Hotel located in Upstate New York.

      Barbara was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Brandy Alexander, a mixed breed dog, was a best friend for 16 years. Her family was rounded out by her cat Pitter Patter and Missy (aka Woodstock) who also lived for 15 years.

       She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Barbara to master. Her new life involved relocating to Winter Park, Florida in 2004. In retirement, she found new pleasure in gardening, shopping and enjoying time with her husband, Andrew. Even in retirement, Barbara continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Barbara Macagnone passed away on June 11, 2014 at at home in Winter Park, Florida. Barbara fought a brave battle against Heart Disease, COPD and the loss of the ability to walk. She is survived by her husband, Andrew, her children Mark, Joseph, Deborah and Andrew, her grandchildren Alexander, Crystal, Teresa, Joseph, Jonathan, Cristina, Rebecca, Gina, Jennifer, and her great grandchildren Gianni, Carmine and her sisters Paulette, Carol and Arlene. Services were held at Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Barbara was laid to rest in Glen Haven Cemetery in Winter Park Fla in the Garden of Memories.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Barbara. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Barbara Macagnone for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Barbara was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.

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"U will forever be missed I love u grandma" jon Macagnone (chatham, NY)

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