Barbara L. Hoffman passed away on January 29, 2014 from complications of systemic scleroderma. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK, July 9, 1927. After graduating from Central High School, she attended Oklahoma City University and University of Central Oklahoma where she received a BS degree in biology and chemistry. She married classmate John A. Pittsenbargar, who became a chemist and they had three sons, later moving to Pampa, TX, where their fourth son was born. After earning her teaching certificate, she taught in Pampa for two years and they moved to El Paso where she taught biology at Bel Air and Burges High Schools. She was awarded National Science Foundation stipends two summers at NMSU. They later moved to Las Cruces where she taught at Zia Middle School and earned her MA in Educational Psychology. During that time, her husband passed away. After several years, she met and married Merrell Frazer of Cloudcroft, owner of Cloudcroft Cable TV, and became his office assistant. She served on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, the Village Planning Commission, and was chairperson of arts and crafts shows. After becoming certified as an EMT, she served on the Volunteer Ambulance Service and was also observer for the National Weather Service. After Mr. Frazer's death, she moved back to Las Cruces and served with the Memorial Medical Center auxilliary. For three years she was the executive secretary of the Rotary Club of Las Cruces and was a recipient of the Paul Harris Award. Later she married long-time friend Gerald (Jerry) Hoffman and they enjoyed several years of travelling in the motorhome and going on cruises, visiting seventeen countries. Jerry is now in an Alzheimer's facility in Mechanicsburg, PA. Preceding her in death were her parents, Luther and Mary Gleason, her sister Paula Jean Gleason, and her husbands John A. Pittsenbargar and Merrell Frazer. Surviving her are sons: John R. Pittsenbargar and wife Irene, Van Pittsenbargar of Las Cruces, Steve and wife Lily of Garland, TX; and Kent Pittsenbargar of Albuquerque; and her cousin Robert Pennington and wife Nina of Grayslake, IL. Also she leaves behind longtime friends, her bridge buddies, wonderful neighbors, and her cat Maya. Cremation has taken place and at her request no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Caring Voice Coalition at www.caringvoice.org, or the Scleroderma Foundation at www.scleroderma.org.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 2, 2014