Barbara P. Wines

July 19, 1944February 24, 2018
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Barbara P. Wines of Croton on Hudson passed away peacefully at home on February 24, 2018. Barbara had suffered from ALS (Lou Gerhig’s) Disease for the last year and a half. She was born Barbara Patricia Ruddy, in New York City and raised in Jamaica Queens with her six siblings, Patrick, Peggy, Kay, Robert, Richard and Brian. She attended Immaculate Conception Grammar school, and Dominican Commercial High School. After marrying her husband, Jan Wines, in 1967, Barbara worked at Mercy College and attended undergraduate and graduate school, obtaining her Masters of Business Administration in Management Information Systems at Long Island University in 1987. She then served as Registrar at Elizabeth Seton College, then Registrar at Marymount Tarrytown, and ultimately, Associate Dean and University Registrar at New York Medical College for the next fifteen years. Barbara oversaw the Medical College’s annual graduation ceremonies at Carnegie Hall each year, and at her final graduation ceremony in 2002, before joining the Peace Corps with Jan to serve in Bulgaria, received a standing ovation from the students, faculty and guests. This despite the fact that she couldn’t sing a lick and could barely peck “Oh Susanna” on the piano! In 2014, when her replacement Registrar at New York Medical College retired, Barbara was asked back to serve as Interim Registrar and assisted in a six month search for a new Registrar for New York Medical College. Barbara was a mentor to a number of fellow workers at the college and those close relationships have stood the test of time. Barbara taught English to High School Students in Bulgaria and she and Jan have stayed active in Returned Peace Corps activities since their return from service. They also re-visited their host town, Etropole, on a number of occasions to see the many close friends they made there, and have enjoyed the company of a number of Bulgarian student visitors since then, showing them Croton, and the sights in NYC. After her Peace Corps service Barbara worked at Bennett Conservatory in Croton where she oversaw the office and insured that the budding musicians, waiting for their lessons, had their Graham Crackers. She also worked as a literacy volunteer utilizing her ESL skills learned in Bulgaria, as well as managing a loving home filled with four generations when her parents, Pat and Marge, came to visit during their final years. Subsequently Barbara served as an Ombudsmen at Cortlandt Manor Nursing Home for seven years, working to insure that the residents were treated with the care and dignity that they deserved. Barbara was pre-deceased by her parents, and is survived by all her brothers and sisters, her devoted husband Jan, her two wonderful children, Kevin and Amy and her loving granddaughter Kiersten, as well as a large number of close nieces and nephews, some living as neighbors in Croton. Barbara loved her time with her nieces and nephews, especially the annual summer stay with many of them on Block Island. Barbara enjoyed working on quilts that she never quite seemed to finish, participating in long biking trips to raise awareness to fight children’s cancers. She also enjoyed long walks along the river, and traveling the world with her loving husband of fifty years, and best friend, Jan. Barbara wanted to thank all of the family, and her Croton neighbors, who have been so kind and helpful during her illness. Visitation will be held 4pm to 8pm at Edward Carter Funeral Home in Croton on Hudson on Friday March 2, 4 to 8pm. A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 3, at 3pm, at Bethel Chapel in Croton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Center of Columbia University, online at or Phelps Community Palliative Care Program, Att. Pam Lipperman, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY, 10591


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Barbara P. Wines

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March 10, 2018

Barbara lived an exciting, joyful and full life. She loved sharing her life with others, an example for all to imitate. "She will be sorely missed" will be spoken by everyone a million times over. My words of comfort may not be adequate at this time, so I pray you ponder on the consoling words of God above, that HE "Will bring ( Barbara ) back from the grave to be enlighten by the light of life". (Job 33:30) May all reflect on these words to bring peace, and the hope of embracing Barbara again.

Susan Petrosino

March 2, 2018

Dear Jan, Kevin and Amy,
I am so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was one of the greatest people to work with and especially to be friends with in the Mercy College years and beyond. She had so much energy and so much caring and was willing to share it without being asked. I have memories of being at your house many years ago when Kevin and Amy were quite young and it was great fun spending time with your family. The years seem to blend together at this point and so do the memories of Mercy, Marymount and beyond. But they leave me with a warmth in my soul and yet an ache in my heart to know that Barbara has passed. You're in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Susan Petrosino

Stefania Bonanni

March 2, 2018

My sincerest condolences to Jan, Kevin, May and Kiersten. Barbara was a mentor and dear friend of mine for 25 years. She influenced my life personally and professionally. I am blessed to have known her and her loving, kind family. May Barbara rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you. Stefania

Virginia Pombo

March 2, 2018

I'm a resident of Cortlandt Healthcare. Barbara was our ombudsman for many years. When we first met I was a newly diagnosed with MS patient, too young to be in a nursing home at 54 years old. Barbara saw that even though I was scared and alone, I still had some fight in me. She encouraged me to join in the residents council. She pointed out that since I was a customer service representative and a union rep, I could put my skills to work for the good of my friends. I'm so glad that I listened to her. I'm now the President of the Cortlandt Healthcare Residents Council.
Barbara helped us Cortlandt Healthcare residents improve our quality of life. She listened with compassion and understanding. No problem was ever too small. She made us feel important, welcome, and LOVED. Thanks for you guidance, protection and wisdom. A part of you will always be in my heart. I love you. God Bless You All

Lisa Band

February 27, 2018

We are friends of Amy and wish to send our deepest condolences. We are so sorry for your loss. If there is anything we can do or anything needed please let us know. Love Lisa and Brad

February 26, 2018

Barbara was such a beautiful person and precious friend taken too soon from us. My deepest sympathy to her loving family as they deal with such a loss. She is at peace and will be remembered always.....Blessings and prayers to the Wines family, Karen Rippstein and family