Barbara Ann Kushner

June 25, 1937November 16, 2020

Barbara Ann Alderson Kushner June 25, 1937 to November 16, 2020

Cleveland, S.C.—With a heart focused on faith and eyes on her beloved mountains, Barbara Ann Kushner passed away from this life on Monday, November 16, 2020, after a courageous battle with abdominal cancer. She is now free of pain and suffering, after living life as a true friend, a devoted spouse, and a nurturing mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, John “Jack” Kushner, and sons David Kushner (spouse Christine) of Raleigh, N.C.; John Kushner (spouse Betsy) of Tampa, Fla.; and Keith Kushner (spouse Mary) of Clemmons, N.C.; six grandchildren, Keenan Kushner of Denver, Col.; Paul Kushner of New York City; Kayla Kushner of Raleigh; Morgan Kushner of Raleigh; Kelsey Kushner, of Brevard, N.C.; and Kate Kushner of Raleigh; her brother James Alderson III of Canonsburg, Penn. She is predeceased by her beloved sister Joyce Alderson Kirkwood, and her parents, James W. Alderson Jr. and Margaret Lunn Alderson.

Barbara Ann Alderson lived her youth in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, and practiced nursing in Pittsburgh. There she met a striking young lieutenant in the US Army, and she and Jack Kushner were married in May 1961. A devoted military spouse, Barbara raised three sons on various military bases, while Lt. Col. Jack Kushner served his country, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Settling in Fayetteville, N.C., with her three school aged boys, Barbara went to work as a Teacher’s Assistant at Cliffdale Elementary School, in the Cumberland County Public School System, using her compassionate heart and intelligence to teach students for 20 years. Her lead teacher, Nancy Wagner, became a beloved and lifelong friend. She and Jack retired to the South Carolina upstate mountains, building their dream retirement home with a full view of Caesar’s Head. They enjoyed a vibrant retirement together, finding a faith community at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens, as active members living their deeply held Catholic faith. Barbara was a generous spirit, supporting various charities, and she was skilled with needlework, creating works of art—smocked garments for her grandchildren and friends, crocheted masterpieces, prayer shawls, and other detailed crafts that brought joy to recipients. She was an avid reader, enjoying the company of book club friends and sharing books with family.

Throughout her life, Barbara maintained her strong faith and reached out to God, with a compassionate and carefree spirit, and the pattern of her life was serving others.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 am, Friday, November 20, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 558 Hampton Ave, Pickens, S.C. 29671. Interment will be at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson, S.C.

Memorials may be made to Food for the Poor, Post Office Box 979005, Coconut Grove, FL 33097.

A message of condolence may be expressed at

Dillard Funeral Home Pickens, SC


  • Jack Kushner, Husband
  • David Kushner (Christine), Son
  • John Kushner (Betsy), Son
  • Keith Kushner (Mary), Son
  • Keenan Kushner, Grandson
  • Paul Kushner, Grandson
  • Kayla Kushner, Granddaughter
  • Morgan Kushner, Granddaughter
  • Kelsey Kushner, Granddaughter
  • Kate Kushner, Granddaughter
  • James Alderson, Brother
  • Joyce Alderson Kirkwood, Sister (deceased)
  • James W. Alderson, Father (deceased)
  • Margaret Lunn Alderson, Mother (deceased)

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Nancy Wagner

November 19, 2020

What a blessing Barbara has been in my life! How fortunate was I that when I started my first teaching job, Barbara was assigned as my assistant. By taking on a first year teacher she really became my teacher. She showed me how to organize and run a classroom. She truly was such a creative and driving force during our twenty years of teaching together. But most importantly, my greatest blessing was her friendship throughout the years. She was always there supporting and cheering me on as I married, had children and then, grandchildren. She made beautiful handsmocked dresses for my daughters, crocheted beautiful baby blankets for my grandchildren and made such delicious meals whenever I visited her and Jack in their lovely mountain home. Barbara truly modeled for me how to be a supportive spouse, a caring mother and loving grandmother. Her loving Christian spirit shown throughout her life. I am forever grateful for all the special memories I have of Barbara.
I extend my deepest sympathy to Jack, and her family and will continue to hold them in my prayers.

Doug & Sue Blanchard

November 19, 2020

I've known Barbara and Jack since 1985 in Fayetteville, NC and have many memories of my friendship with both of them. I especially remember the blanket that Barbara made for our first grandson and how soft it was and how much he loved it. She seemed to be always willing to do something for others. I also recall visiting in SC and seeing their beautiful home and all the love that could be felt. Barbara always took my calls and then handed the phone to Jack, I'll miss how I knew they were always a couple.

Love and prayers - Doug & Sue

Elaina Coria-Fluet

November 19, 2020

Barbara, GodMother and Madrina:
Thank you so much for welcoming me into your family and taking on the roll of my GodMother of the Church and Marriage.
I will miss you and your lovely words of wisdom. Be in peace with our Lord.

Mark Parsons

November 19, 2020

I so enjoyed teaching at Cliffdale Elementary with Barbara! She had a great sense of humor and was the nicest person you could meet. I think of her often...her bond with Nancy Wagner, her personal touch with the students, the great family that she raised. What a great life!

Lynda Whitaker

November 18, 2020

Scott and I enjoyed seeing Barbara and Jack at Duke football games a long time ago when Keith and Nathan were playing football. She was a lovely lady. So happy our sons became close friends. Sending love to Jack and the family.

Judy Pazzula

November 17, 2020

Jack and family, my deepest sympathy to all of you. Barbara was a welcoming face to me as I joined the Holy Cross family over 10 years ago always welcoming me to share your pew. As sister in nursing we were also from the same are of Pennsylvania and found enjoyment in sharing a common history.
May you rest in peace Barb. You will be missed
Judy Pazzula

Bill Shipp

November 17, 2020

My very best to the Kushner men and your families! What a difference the Kushner’s made in the early history of Westover High School! Each son was so successful academically and in athletics. We were the first CCS high school to support a soccer team and among the leaders were the Kushner’s. But behind the family was a rock solid mom who kept her four boys in line. I treasure those memories and send my love and respect for the family! Peace and Grace,
Bill Shipp


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