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Barbara Riefler Trevor

September 24, 1919 - June 6, 2014
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Barbara Riefler Trevor passed away on June 6, 2014 in Lakewood, NJ. Born Barbara Mary Riefler on September 24, 1919 in Wilmette, IL, Barbara (Bobbe to her family) was the second of four daughters of Harold J. and Eleanor Knox Riefler. She and her sisters grew up in Springfield, IL during the "great" depression, where she attended Springfield High School and Springfield College. World War II found Barbara in New York City where she'd gone to work. There she met future husband James (Jim) L. Trevor. She joined the WACs during the war, and worked on both coasts, criss-crossing the U.S. during the war years to rendezvous with Jim who served...
Barbara Riefler Trevor passed away on June 6, 2014 in Lakewood, NJ.
Born Barbara Mary Riefler on September 24, 1919 in Wilmette, IL, Barbara (Bobbe to her family) was the second of four daughters of Harold J. and Eleanor Knox Riefler. She and her sisters grew up in Springfield, IL during the "great" depression, where she attended Springfield High School and Springfield College.
World War II found Barbara in New York City where she'd gone to work. There she met future husband James (Jim) L. Trevor. She joined the WACs during the war, and worked on both coasts, criss-crossing the U.S. during the war years to rendezvous with Jim who served in the US Navy. They married in 1943 in San Francisco while he was briefly stationed there.
After the war, Barbara & Jim settled in the New York City area for a short time, until Jim's job with American Chicle Co. took them to Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was in Brazil that Barbara made some of her most lasting friendships, and where she and Jim started their family. By the time they returned to the NY City area in 1953 (Irvington-on-Hudson), they had four children. Two more were born while in Irvington, bringing the family number to eight sociable and gregarious individuals.
In Irvington, Barbara excelled in her role of corporate wife and mother, where her life revolved around her large, exuberant family. She found time between kids' activities to play lots of bridge, have dinner parties, go to Broadway shows, and continue to collect a wide-ranging group of friends from all over the country and the world. Her knack for making and maintaining friends wherever she went was one of her defining characteristics, and one she passed along to her children.
Barbara and Jim moved to Chatham Township, New Jersey in 1967 when American Chicle was bought by Warner Lambert Pharmaceutical Co. Jim retired in 1978. After all six children had graduated college (1982), Barbara and Jim gradually moved into a quieter, but no-less-busy life. Traveling for pleasure became a big part of their lives during these years as they toured Great Britain, France, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, and Brazil, and visited family and friends across the United States.
In 1995 they moved to Harrogate in Lakewood, New Jersey and immersed themselves in the "active seniors" life. Barbara continued her social life, even after Jim died in 2001, making and maintaining friendships until the end.
Barbara was a lifelong, faithful, and active Catholic who participated in many ways in her faith, including the Legion of Mary.
Barbara is pre-deceased by her husband Jim and their oldest son Thomas, and is survived by her children and their spouses: daughter Mary Trevor and Toni Kaus of Prescott, AZ; daughter-in-law Nancy Trevor of Rockville, MD; son Paul and Marilyn Trevor of Denver, CO; daughter Anne Trevor and Peter Chirichillo of Randolph, NJ; son Richard and Lisa Trevor of Lincolonshire, IL; and son Robert and JoAnn Trevor of Ewing, NJ; by her nine grandchildren: Barbara and Cynthia Trevor; Matthew, Jimmy, Emma and Julia Trevor; Katie Chirichillo; and Molly and Brian Trevor; and by her great-grandson Charlie Trevor.
Her memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the St. Mary of the Lake Church, 43 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701. Following the memorial mass, the family will receive relatives and friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701. For more information, or to post a tribute online, please visit www.deliafuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Barbara's name to Catholic Charities, 145 Maple Ave, Red Bank, NJ 0770 -OR- www.ccdom.org.

"Wonderful memory here, Annie. Our mom's are gone now. Never be another one like Aunt Bobbe. They threw out the mold." Rob Hines (San Antonio)

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