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Barbara Ellen Schwartz, 70, of Armonk, NY, and New York City, died peacefully on February 17, 2014 in her home in Armonk, with her husband Allen and daughter Lara by her side.
Barbara, known to all as "Baba", was born May 19, 1943 to Raymond and Miriam Robinson. Baba and two brothers, Don and Jim, grew up in Mt. Vernon, NY. At sixteen, she met Allen. Following graduation from A.B. Davis High School, she studied business and merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She subsequently completed Bachelor and Master degrees in business at New York University. Baba taught in New York City intermediate schools and Head Start Programs, and then at Lehman College of CUNY. She embarked on a career in the family real estate business in 1974 as an owner and manager.
Wherever Baba went, the party followed. She had a palpable passion for life and was always surrounded by family and friends. Generous in every way, she was a proud and steadfast election volunteer for nearly a generation. Baba was a supporter of Wounded Warriors, the Israeli Defense Forces, the Bruce Museum, and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, amongst other causes. A lover of tennis, she cherished her days on the court, and looked forward to the US Open and all other major tennis events.
Baba is survived by her husband Allen Schwartz of Armonk, NY, and daughter Lara (Schwartz) D'Agostino, son-in-law Dr. Mark D'Agostino, and grandchildren Tyler and Ariella of Katonah, NY. She is also survived by two brothers, Donald Robinson of Rolling Meadows, IL, and James Robinson of Woodstock, NY, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family in New York, Pennsylvania, and California. Baba leaves behind a very large network of friends who have supported and enveloped her and her family beyond all expectations. The love and selflessness extended by friends during Baba's battle with cancer has been truly humbling and is reflective of the love that Baba has shown to others, and the quality of her character.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 20, 2014,10am, at Congregation B'Nai Yisrael, 2 Banksville Rd, Armonk, NY. Burial services to follow at Middle Patent Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the
Published in the The Journal News on Feb. 19, 2014