Barbara Staff Kaplan

May 15, 2013 

Barbara Kaplan, age 90 passed away peacefully in the company of family. Beloved wife for 55 years of the late Harry Kaplan, with whom she shared homes in Westfield, NJ, Monmouth Beach, NJ, and Boynton Beach, FL. Above all else, Barbara had a deep and abiding commitment to her family. She is survived by her four children Arthur, Louis, Leslie, and Judy, daughters-in-law Jean and Leslee, son-in-law Ncoom, 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Barbara was predeceased by her loving sister Frances Newman. The daughter of Louis and Lillah Staff, Barbara was born and raised in Long Beach, NY. She entered Western College in Oxford, OH, and transferred to and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. She and Harry were among the early families in Temple Emanu-El, Westfield, NJ, where she contributed to community-based activities of the sisterhood. Barbara worked as a social worker for Spaulding for Children, helping to place children with disabilities into adoptive families. Most recently, at Galloway Ridge she joined the welcoming committee and actively sought to incorporate newcomers into her community. Barbara was welcoming, engaging, and concerned for the welfare of others. She took great joy in the beauty of nature, was an avid bird-watcher and bridge player, and had a fondness for classical music. Barbara remained spirited, plucky, and competitive even in her final years. An accomplished traveler, she continued to circle the globe well into her 80s. As travel became more difficult, she used Skype and e-mail to maintain her relationships with family in the US, Israel, and Australia and dear friends throughout the United States and France. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to Galloway Ridge for resident activities, 3000 Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

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