July 8, 1928 – June 22, 2020
Barbara Tepper, 91, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side on Monday, June 22, 2020. Barbara was born on July 8, 1928, in Bronx, New York, and was a long-time resident of Flagler Beach, Florida, before relocating to North Carolina.
Barbara worked in the garment district of New York for many years, relocated to Maryland where she worked out of the home while raising her two children, and then taught exercise classes for Adult Education when she moved to Florida.
Barbara was a kind and loving person who never met a stranger and embraced everyone she met as a friend. Her contagious smile and laugh left the people who crossed her path just a little bit happier. She was a voracious reader and a prolific story teller. She loved to dance, exercise and spend time with her family and friends. Barbara loved all animals, especially her birds and dogs.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Charlotte Dyckman, her sister Suzanne Mionie, half-sister Annabelle Dyckman Koplin, and her loving husband of 51 years, Norman Tepper. She is survived by her daughter, Lori Doolittle (Jay), Matthews, North Carolina, her son, David Tepper (Lois), Tallahassee, Florida, and her three beautiful granddaughters, Kristen and Jessica Doolittle, and Dr. Sarah Tepper.
The family would like to share a special thanks to the nurses from Hospice of Union County and all the care givers, nurses, and staff who looked after and loved Barbara at Sunrise on Providence. We appreciate your kindness and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in honor of Barbara to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or Halfway There Rescue (halfwaythererescue.com) in Rock Hill, SC.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date to be announced.
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July 5, 2020
Barbara was one of those truly special people you get to meet in your life. Her positive outlook was the foundation for how she lived her life. She was always friendly, outgoing and happy and someone who made you feel like you’d been friends forever.
Nothing was more important to her than her family- her husband Norman, her daughter, Lori and son, David and her three granddaughters- Kristen, Sarah and Jessica. And although she was my mother-in law, she treated me like her own son.
She loved animals - especially her Yorkie, Mopsey and her cockatiel, Sunshine. She also loved fitness. She taught aerobics and spent her free time doing either fitness routines or taking power walks through the neighborhood. The grandkids would dress up and join her workouts, complete in their leggings and headbands.
She was a special person in so many people’s lives. She taught me to look at the good in people and to find the positive in life’s many events. We’ll miss her smile and hugs but know that heaven just got a special arrival - the angels just got a new fitness instructor! I love you Babs.
June 29, 2020
Dear Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. I had know Barbara for a real long time. First back in the late 80's when she did aerobics classes with my friend Judy Zamba that she had owned "The Tannery" . I really enjoyed her classes. She always had so much energy & was always so happy. Later down the road about 10 years(1990) I guess I had moved to Daytona & had started a cleaning business. I started working for Barb & Norm at their home on the golf course. I would clean on Tuesday mornings & Barb would go teach her aerobic class. She was always such a inspiration. Then Norm would go sit on the back porch while I cleaned. I never will forget the day September11,2011 I was at their home cleaning. Norm was watching tv & just yelled out & we watched our nation be attacked together. We were in disbelief how this could happen.Very sad time. And a few years later they had moved closer to Lori. I sure had missed them when they moved. I send you all warm thoughts & prayers. Your parents were both very special & kind hearted. Take care , Love, Cindy Beers
June 28, 2020
I met this sweet lady once and she was captivating. May she Rest In Peace and love. Lori,you were an amazing daughter and you honored her and her life. May thoughts of her always bring a smile to your heart.
June 26, 2020
I have Many wonderful memories of my favorite aunt Barbara she was so loving and fun and full of life I always remember her showing us her exercise routines and wanting us to get up and dance with her. My favorite memories were spending the weekend with my aunt Barbara uncle Norman and my cousins Lori and David She will be greatly missed I loved her so much