Barbara Quigley-Barba

Date of Death: August 25, 2016
Doyle B. Shaffer, Inc Funeral Home
45-09 Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck, NY 11362
Sunday 8/28, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Doyle B. Shaffer, Inc Funeral Home
45-09 Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck, NY 11362
Monday 8/29, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Doyle B. Shaffer, Inc Funeral Home
45-09 Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck, NY 11362
Monday 8/29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt. St. Mary Cemetery
172-00 Booth Memorial Avenue
Flushing, NY 11365
Tuesday 8/30, 12:00 pm
St. Anastasia Church
45-14 245 Street
Douglaston, NY 11362
Tuesday 8/30, 10:30 am

Barbara passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016. Barbara was a resident of Douglaston, New York.

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Gary Price left a message on April 6, 2020:
My brother and I both had Mrs. Quigley for kindergarten. In 1969 she was Miss O'Donovan to my brother. In 1971 it was my turn. What a lovingly marvelous and dedicated teacher she was. I never forgot her passion for educating the youngest minds and how she appreciated our individuality.
I last saw her at Harley Avenue in 1989 and We had a warm though brief reunion. Her goodness is forever etched in my heart. RIP Mrs. Quigley-Barba.
Raymond Kane left a message on November 29, 2017:
She was my church girl friend for many years when we were in Florida. Both of us were NY "snow birds". We met daily at St. Mark Catholic Church for daily mass and holy communion. I miss her very much. My hope now is that when I die I make it through the Pearly Gate and we reunite in glory in the Holy Trinity.
Carol Kaminski left a message on September 8, 2017:
I am beyond words at hearing of the passing of my dear sweet friend as we shared such great times together and she will live on in my heart forever ..
Anne Mateer left a message on August 31, 2016:
Barbara was an amazing, caring person and teacher. Everyone who knew her admired her. More people should be like her and the world would be a better place.
Marcia Zatulskis left a message on August 30, 2016:
It was a privledge to have worked with you and to have known you all of these years. When I worked at HA in K you were right there to welcome me and help me out. You truly knew how to welcome all. We had so much fun with all of the holidays we celebrated with our classes. The best was the Kindergarten Play. What a grand event it turned out to be. I last saw you a few years ago at the Szokoli Event. To help out, I brought my daughter's Skeetball Game for the younger children to play during the event. As we chatted, you asked where the sign for it was, I mentioned there wasn't one. Well you left and in about five minutes you returned with not one but two freshly painted signs advertising this Skeetball Game. You brought masking tape and hung them right up. I have those pictures and will always smile at that memory of you. You reached so many and made your mark and made this world a better place. Rest in peace dear Barbara.
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Carmela Lewis left a message on August 29, 2016:
I was a PTA Co-President at Harley Avenue School back in 2007 when Mrs. Quigley volunteered many years of service to the school. She was an amazing person. Always wore a smile. Her passion was the children and parents alike. She gave of herself filled with warm hearted care. Her legacy is that she left a memorable impression on every person that she knew. She truly cared about the children. I would say that she lived her life with unbiased integrity and her character would be unmatched. Truly a remarkable woman.
She was a giver. She made a tremendous difference in the world around her. I will remember her always as someone who made the school environment one that felt more like home. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends during this time of deep sadness and loss of Mrs. Quigly. May she rest in peace.
Lisa Esposito left a message on August 29, 2016:
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. Barbara was such a wonderful,lovely woman. She will be truly missed.
Arianna Staiano left a message on August 29, 2016:
I'm so terribly sorry to hear this news. Barbara was a great woman. My Father Frank Staiano Sr. had a lot of happy memories he shared with she and Ralph. She will be missed.
Karen Dinegar left a message on August 28, 2016:
To Barbara, a true patriot, caregiver, friend. Your loving, joyful spirit will be forever missed. You gave your all to everything you did with a smile and complete love. You always had a kind word for everyone you met. Our community has lost a champion and your friends and family have lost their heart.
Rest in peace.
Susan Matejov left a message on August 28, 2016:
I have fond memories of Barbara. Singing with her in the St.A's folk group was always a joy.
Caitlin Fabian left a message on August 28, 2016:
I remember being 4 years old and coming back from Vacation with my family and we had heard so much about Mrs Q we were all excited....henceforth we check our mail box and there is was a huge manilla envelope and in the corner at the top just read Mrs Q...........yay I was going to be in her kindergarten class........I was so excited......I remember Mrs Q being so sweet and kind and helpful and so funny....She made us learn threw so many ways she also engaged us and opened our eyes to wanting to learn more and more...I clearly remember the thanksgiving feast where I and my mom were Pilgrims and my mom purchased the turkey and Mrs Q asked my mom to slice the turkey in 84 pieces one piece for each kindergarten student and my mom a teacher now I carry with me all I have learned from my Elwood School years and always will remember and love Mrs Q....xo
Linda Rivardo left a message on August 28, 2016:
i was saddened to hear of Mrs Quigleys passing.I had the pleasure of working with her at Harley Avenue.I don't ever think I saw her without a smile.She was truly one of a kind.A truly warm person with a heart of gold..Rest in peace..
Linda Rivardo left a message on August 28, 2016:
i was saddened to hear of Mrs Quigleys passing.I had the pleasure of working with her at Harley Avenue.I don't ever think I saw her without a smile.She was truly one of a kind.A truly warm person with a heart of gold..Rest in peace..
Mrs Catherine Fabian left a message on August 28, 2016:
What a truly sad day for all.........for anyone whom had the privilege of knowing Mrs Q as she was known and loved and adorned by all were truly blessed.....I first got to know Mrs Q when my daughter Caitlin Fabian had her for kindergarten back in then started a wonderful relationship as I was the class mom and boy did we have fun .......Caitlin learned so much because of the true dedication of a teacher Mrs Q was.......after that I started to work at Harley as a kindergarten paraprofessional and again had the shear pleasure of seeing her beautiful smile and lovely personality that only Mrs Q had.....if a thousand years could come and go there will never ever ever ever be another fantastic teacher.......person......friend.........she was a gift from god a are dearly missed and anyone whom knows Elwood and Harley knows Mrs Q we all are better people for having had been giving the opportunity to be blessed with your you rest in peace xoxoxoxo
Susan Miata left a message on August 27, 2016:
Our deepest sympathy to the Quigley family. This is such sad news. She was my son , Marks, teacher. We have such great memories of those days and she is one of the reasons he loves animals so much ,because of the class bunny. She was an amazing person and will be forever remembered for her love and kindness to her kids (students) . Sending you our condolences . The Miata family.
Stacey Dreyfus left a message on August 27, 2016:
I'll always remember Mrs Quigley as one of the most dedicated teachers at Harley Avenue. As a Kindergarten Para, I had the pleasure of working with her for so many years. Walking into my classroom and seeing her sitting in front of the children with her puppets always brought a smile to my face. I was delighted to have her sub for the many Kindergarten teachers I worked with. Always willing to lend a hand where ever needed. Coming from Douglaston in bad weather I would say Mrs. Quigley please be careful driving & she turn to me with that look & a smile & say Mrs. D I'll be fine.We talked so many times about her leaving for Florida & would say I don't want to be with those old people, but I'll go for my husband. She would send the classes postcards from Florida saying how she missed the children. I even remember her sending Valentine's Day cards to the classes with a note, please distribute to all. So loving,kind,dedicated. Mrs. Quigley you will be missed by all. Harley Avenue will not be the same without you,hanging all kinds of stuff on the walls in the hallways. Rest in peace. U will remain in my heart forever.
Hilary Blakeley left a message on August 27, 2016:
Mrs. Quigley was my kindergarten teacher 19 years ago. It is crazy to think about how much time has passed and how quickly it did. I am so sad to hear about her passing. She was a wonderful teacher and someone who touched the lives of all her students. She will be greatly missed and I am honored to have known her. May she rest in peace.
Kitty Susca left a message on August 27, 2016:
There was no finer start for a child in kindergarten than to meet Barbara Quigley. She was an electric personality full of kindness that spoke fluent "child". I always knew I was lucky to have her for my friend.
Barbara was an entirely unique individual,possessed of talents in all creative pursuits,with a gift for transferring information to the very young. She had a talent for identifying children who were apprehensive about the experience of school,and 100 ways to include those personalities in ways that would assure that they valued school for life.
Her personality was so full of light,that she brought out the best in everyone she met.I do not remember ever meeting anyone,before or since,who was able to spark people to give the best of themselves,myself included.
While this is an unparalleled loss,I can only imagine that she is standing there in Heaven with her wings,asking something like "Exactly how far are we allowed to go with these things?" Because however far that is,she will explore every corner of her new world. I will miss her every day.
Joseph Klis left a message on August 27, 2016:
Mrs. Quigley was my Kindergarten Teacher in 1969 at Cuba Hill. She was a customer in my Elwood and Floral park stores and with every Elwood Teacher I can't express how much of a difference she made in mine and my siblings lives. Many years later she taught my daughter Emma, but she knew my other daughters as well. She was always engaged in all the kids lives that she taught. I know the Elwood residents all feel the same in regard to truly how special she was and thank her family for sharing her with our small community. Peace.
Barbara A. Rehren & Bill Bart Bart left a message on August 27, 2016:
Barbara Quigley-Barba: Caring & devoted Mother & Stepmother to all her children, spouses & grandchildren; a loving, supportive wife & caregiver to her sweet husband Ralph. Barbara was the genius & coordinator of The Memorial Day Parade's Art & Essay contests. She was bestowed the title of Woman of the Year for her tireless efforts with the Lion's Club. She was one of the principals who founded the Flag Day organization. She was a devout Catholic & choir member of St. Anastasia's RC Church. She assisted with the Douglaston Little Neck Historical Society's House & Garden Tours. Barbara was an inveterate giver to family, friends & community. She invigorated, inspired & educated. That was Barbara Quigley Barba. You will be sorely missed by every life you touched. May God rest your soul. Barbara A. Rehren & Bill Bart
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Nancy Albaneze left a message on August 27, 2016:
Our heartfelt condolences to the Quigley and Barba families. I sang with Barbara for many years in St A's folk group. Barbara was a rare woman and a true individual. Her spirited and sunny disposition made her a joy to know. I will never forget Barbara coming to Thanksgiving Mass dressed as Pocohontas, that year we were doing a joint service with the choir and the look on Mrs. D's face was priceless. Now she is singing with the angels, I will bet they love her as much as we do.
Virginia Cancroft left a message on August 27, 2016:
ELLEN PHILLIPS left a message on August 27, 2016:
My fondest memory of Mrs. Quigley was when my son, now 34, received a book as a gift from Santa's grab bag and he was upset because his classmates were playing with trucks and toys that they received. Mrs. Quigley came over and sat with him and told him he received the best gift of all. and explained why. He wasn't happy at first but I think realized what she was telling him afterwards. Such a wonderful teacher, she will be missed. RIP
Beth Banks left a message on August 26, 2016:
Our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Quigley's family. My oldest son was in her Kindergarten class in 1997. I volunteered in her classroom and could see first hand what a warm and caring teacher she was. We have talked about her often over the years and have wonderful memories. She helped my son get a great start in school, and she truly understood him in ways that few other teachers did. Thank you Mrs. Quigley, may you rest in peace.
Barbara Ebinger left a message on August 26, 2016:
I work at Harley Avenue as the greeter. Every day Barbara would come into work and say "Good Morning Barbara" and every day I would reply "Good Morning Barbara". It was our fun thing to do as Barbara is not that popular a name. I always looked forward to my morning greeting from Barbara and will very much miss her. She was a wonderful person.
Maureen Wallenstein left a message on August 26, 2016:
Mrs. Quigley touched the lives of hundreds of Elwood students. I was happy when both of my kids got her as a Kindergarten teacher. Just about every one I'm friends with in Elwood, had at least one of their kids, students of Mrs. Quigley. A gift to education.
Doyle B. Shaffer Funeral Home left a message:
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