Barbara H. Gearhardt

Barbara H. Gearhardt

GUILDERLAND — Barbara H. Gearhardt, a school secretary who loved music and minerals, died on Sunday, July 1, 2018. She was 85.

Born in Troy, to the late Frederick and Evelyn Green on Aug. 13, 1932, Mrs. Gearhardt attended Troy Public Schools, and Emma Willard School, in Troy.  She also attended the Mildred Elley Secretarial School in Albany.

She was a secretary at the Farnsworth Middle School and at the Guilderland Central School District offices. She also worked at Young Holidays Travel Inc. She was an avid rock hound and a member of the Capital District Mineral Club Inc. Mrs. Gearhardt always enjoyed music and singing and added her voice to several area choirs.

She is survived by her sister, Susan Green LaGrande, and children Debra Gearhardt Castell of Saratoga Springs; Janet Bastiani and her husband, Raul, of Esperance; Donna Gearhardt Healey and her husband, Keith, of Hoboken, New Jersey; Peter Meyer and his wife Isabel of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Richard Meyer of Guilderland; and John Gearhardt of Guilderland.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Her beloved husband of 43 years, George J. Gearhardt, died before her, as did her sister Carolyn Green Moazed, and son, Michael J. Gearhardt.

Calling hours will be held at New Comer Cremations & Funerals, 343 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, on July 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a service to immediately follow.

On Saturday, July 14, a graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel at 11 a.m. Mourners may leave condolences at NewComerAlbany.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202, to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, Post Office Box 98018, Washington, D.C.  20090-8018, or to a charity of your choice.

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