Barbara Hosier, 85, went home to begin her next adventure after a brief illness on January 26, 2021. Her spirit was willing to stay, but her body was tired.
Barbara was born June 04, 1935 and lived in Maple Valley in Westford, NY on her family’s farm. She was the oldest of Stephan and Marion’s three daughters. She worked every day alongside her father performing all the tasks necessary on their Dairy farm.
She was blessed with amazing energy and superhuman perseverance to start, and finish, many endeavors throughout her life.
Barb was involved in singing, dancing, drama, and sports at school and through her family’s church. She sang with her sisters, Gloria and Loretta. They had an offer to sing professionally which Barb chose not to pursue.
In her late teens, participation in the Schenevus Drum Corps was how she came to know her first husband, Bob Barton.
They began married life on Bob’s family’s Dairy farm where they had their three children together. They participated in Drum Corps, bowling, dancing at Walt’s and the Bell Hotel. They played cards weekly with friends and also took square dancing lessons together.
Barb worked professionally her entire adult life. She had extraordinary executive and secretarial skills. She worked for many years at Gordon B Robert’s Insurance Agency. In later years she worked at SUCO of Oneonta advancing through the Economics and Science Departments, finishing as the Executive Secretary to the Dean of Student Affairs.
She married the love of her life, Francis Hosier, in 1971 and they had 47 happy, adventurous years together before Fran’s passing in 2017. They enjoyed dancing anywhere they could, antique car shows, traveling in their RV’s, and always socializing with a wide circle of friends and family throughout the United States.
They visited almost all of the United States, much of Canada, and took short trips to Europe and Ireland.
Barb managed all business aspects for their rental houses, and for Fran’s construction business. She was someone who would always help sort out business related problems when you really needed someone who would not give up!
In the last decades of her life Barb developed unmatched listening skills. She would always lend someone her ears! She gave wise counsel to many.
Barb loved decorating both herself and her surroundings. She loved color and design and applied them beautifully to her appearance, wardrobe, and dwellings. She was a gifted hostess whose doors were always open to friends and family.
Barb was a dedicated reader who always enjoyed learning. This was an interest common to many generations of her family.
The last two years of her life Barb joined the Institute for Spiritual Development in Oneonta. At long last she was free to express long held, but unspoken, Spiritual beliefs. She made many new and well-loved friends through the church that were very dear to her.
Barb loved animals, particularly her many cats. She cared for them and loved them with a passion.
She was predeceased by her parents, spouses Bob Barton and Francis Hosier; sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and George Bozonic; her niece, Lisa, and Fran’s brothers, Bill and John.
Barb is survived by her beloved sister, Loretta Pflaum and Ken; her three children, Sherry Pederson-Barton, Steve Barton and Julie, Connie Lull and Doug, step sons, Dan Hosier and Doreen, Brian Hosier, and Jim Hanford and Eileen who were thought of as family. She had 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren from combined families, also numerous nieces and nephews.
Barb is also survived by very special friends, Pam Marble, Nikki, and Melissa, Larry and Cathy Cartwright, Tony, Steve, and Israel who all helped her after Fran’s passing. There are many more wonderful friends. The family hopes you know she cared for you deeply. Lastly, she is survived by her beloved cat, Princess, who has been kindly adopted by Nikki and Melissa.
There will be a private ceremony now. A larger celebration of life will be held in the Summer when we can safely gather to share our memories of Barb.
If you chose, in lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in Barb’s name.
Arrangements are being entrusted to Oneonta’s only family-owned funeral home, Lewis, Hurley, Pietrobono. On line condolences may be made to: www.lhpfuneralhome.com or to Connie Lull at 1670 County Highway 34, Schenevus, NY 12155.
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