Barbara Bonyadi Duncan (nee Sandos)
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AGE: 84 • Brant Beach
Barbara Bonyadi Duncan, 84, entered into eternal peace on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Seacrest Village Rehabilitation Center in Little Egg Harbor. Barbara was born in Hammonton on Sept. 30, 1928, daughter of the late Mary and Angelo Sandos. She graduated from Bristol Tennessee High School in 1945, and from Maryville College in Knoxville, TN with a bachelor's degree in Music Education in 1949. Prior to college, she attended the Philadelphia Academy of Music. After her service in the Army Special Services in Germany, she traveled on an Army ship. She then worked for SACom, where she met and married Danny Bonyadi. Most notably, Barbara worked as a music teacher at the Long Beach Island Grade School in Ship Bottom for 30 years. She retired with honors in 1993 at the age of 65. In college, she was a member of the Maryville College Choir and also the Band. During her later years, she was a member of the Ocean Reformed Church in Manahawkin; an active member of the Soroptimist Club of Long Beach Island for decades; a member of the Brant Beach Yacht Club the Ocean County College Community Band, the Ocean Pops performance band, as well as a devoted fundraiser for the local FACES 4 Autism chapter; and many charitable organizations. She loved to play the clarinet and the piano, and was proficient at both. She also loved country line dancing, folk dancing, and square dancing with her daughter. She loved watching sunsets at the end of her street on LBI and was an avid reader. She loved to play Bridge and hosted numerous card parties with her good friends. She also loved to travel and went to Europe several times, Mexico, Southern United States, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.
Barbara was a very kind and generous soul; an exceptionally devoted Mother and friend, a loving sister to her other siblings, and a fiercely independent soul. She treated her daughter's friends as if they were her own. Above all, she loved her family. She had a loving heart, and was always giving to others. Her humanitarian efforts were very notable, since she always gave to those in need. It was her love of music which became her legacy to generations of children and adults. Even to the end of her years, she kept up with all the current artists and musicians.
She was predeceased by her beloved mother, Mary Sandos Koenig; her father, Angelo Sandos; her infant brother, Cosmo; brother, Anton Sandos, and her former husband, Wilbur Duncan. Barbara leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her adoring daughter, Dianna M. Bonyadi of Absecon; as well her loving sister, Christine (Charles) Spangler; her brothers, Louis (Jan) Sandos, and Mickey (Brenda) Sandos; and many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Maxwell Funeral Home, 573 Mill Creek Road, Manahawkin. The celebration of her life will be held there at 1 p.m. Entombment will follow in Greenmount Cemetery in Hammonton. Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 381051.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 3, 2013