Frank Vogler & Sons

2849 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC


Barbara Swartz Vroom

April 13, 1956May 11, 2020

Barbara Ellen Vroom, 64, of Clemmons, passed away at home on the evening of May 10th, Mother’s Day, with her husband and sister at her side. She bravely battled cancer for 18 years, never complaining and always downplaying the difficulty she lived with. Barbara was born to John and Margaret Swartz in Pittsburgh. Barbara graduated from Greens Farm Academy in Westport CT, and Western Connecticut State University where she met her husband Russ. She earned a degree in Finance, graduating with honors and working as a Manager at Connecticut National Bank. Barbara and Russ were married in 1986 and lived in Bethel, CT. Russ called Barbara “little b” or just “b”, and she called him “R”. Her first child Sarah came in 1988, and Barbara wanted to be a dedicated full-time mom. Daughter Laura followed in 1992 and the family moved to Clemmons in 1996. Her 2 daughters, Sarah Blackburn of Clemmons, and Laura Vroom of New York City were her greatest joy and they were at mom’s side on Mother’s Day to bring a smile to her face. Barbara’s mom, Maggie Swartz of Clemmons and her sister Rebecca Lovalvo of Redding, Ct., spent the last weeks helping Russ care for her day and night. Barbara’s son in law, George Blackburn, whom Barbara called a “treasure”, was also with her Sunday, as was Rebecca’s husband Dave Lovalvo. Also left to cherish Barbara's memory is her sister in law Kym Stendahl of Newtown, CT., and her nieces Alyssa and Kelly Stendahl. Barbara was preceded in death by her father John Swartz who lived in Clemmons with Maggie. Barbara’s first passion was doing everything she could for her family and friends. She wanted to be as involved as she could in her daughters’ lives. She wanted to be their helper, encourager, share her wisdom, and hear about everything going on in their lives. She loved spending time with her mom and keeping close to her precious sister Becky, who she called her “angel”. She was a talented cook and loved finding new recipes, even after she was unable to eat herself due to her illness. She also loved the family pets Riley, Mika, Little boy, Schatze and Milo. Barbara was a beautiful, gentle, selfless lady with a calming sweet voice and a warm laugh. She was a good musician who played piano and violin, and she loved singing in her church’s choirs most recently at Clemmons Presbyterian Church. She loved beach trips to Pawleys island and recently to the family’s lake house in Mooresville. We will all cherish the sweet memories of our “b”. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made at Komen.org. No services are scheduled at this time.


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Lisa Cullen

May 20, 2020

My husband and I have not had the pleasure of knowing Barb for long; however, her sweet face and gentle voice will be missed here at the lake. May she Rest In Peace.

Gigi Aloi

May 19, 2020

Russ shared with me the last text message that Barbara had on her phone, shown in this picture. My son graduated from medical school on May 9. Barbara started this message and was never able to finish it or hit send.

This gesture epitomizes Barbara. She was taking her last breaths, had her wonderful family around her, enjoying moments of Mother's Day ... but still had energy and kindness to think of me.

That is the essence of Barbara Vroom.

Thank you, Russ, for sharing this screenshot with me. It is now my cell phone wallpaper.

Sherry HUang

May 19, 2020

Dear Barbara,

I never forget about the fist meet with you when Russ bought us to your home. Your beautiful face with warm smile. Then, we saw you several times when we visited Russ next a few years. You were always so elegant and sweet. How lucky Eric and I had such wonderful friend like you. You will be missed forever. Rest in peace, Barbara. And thank you.

Gigi Aloi

May 18, 2020

Thank you, God, for the gift of beautiful, elegant, kind Barbara. This world is a much better place because of her. I have known her for almost 20 years and was blessed to experience motherhood with her.

Matt Aloi

May 17, 2020

Of the many wonderful memories of Barbara, one that stands out is when our house was severely damaged during hurricane Michael and did not have a place for a family Christmas, Barbara offered up the Vroom families beautiful lake house to our family so we could spend Christmas together. It turned out to be one of our most memorable Christmases. This is just on example of Barbara's love and kindness for the many, many lives she touched. Barbara will be missed but she lives on in all those she has touched.

Brittany Beck

May 16, 2020

Russ & family, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and comfort in the days to come. All my love to you & yours.

Alan Levin

May 16, 2020

Our heart filled sympathies on your loss go out to you. The love shown by the memory of her will always be with you.

Bill Hoyle

May 16, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful memorial to a wonderful lady.

Benjamin Kaufmann

May 16, 2020

I remember visiting you at your lake house. Barbara with her family took such a good care of us, and when we continued our journey Barbara made the best sandwiches we've ever had.
Must've been made with love.
Those sandwiches are still a hot topic in Finland among the Table tennis games with Barb and Maggie.

So sorry for your loss.

Sheila Smith

May 15, 2020

Barbara, was a dear friend to myself and my husband Jim she was the most kindest person you would ever meet. We are truly going to miss our dear friend. May you now RIP dear friend we will miss you.


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