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Barbara E. Aughenbaugh

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BELLEVILLE - Barbara E. Aughenbaugh, 69, of Belleville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Clara Maass Hospital. Her husband was at her side, holding her hands as she went to God.

Barbara grew up in Belleville and graduated from Belleville High in 1961. She started her working career as an aide in the pharmacy at Clara Maass Hospital. She later went to work as a secretary for Wallace & Teirnan Co., also in Belleville.

Barbara traveled to Georgia to go to school, but soon became homesick for Belleville, and returned home. Barbara liked to ride on motorcycles and traveled many times to the shore with a group of friends. After many years in the workforce, Barbara married the love of her life, and had a daughter and a son, Janice (Huber) Fox and her husband, Dave, their daughter, Katie Lynn Fox, and James R. Aughenbaugh and his wife, Christine, and their children, Kayla Rose, Trevor James, and Jamie Lynn. She also is survived by her beloved husband, Chuck Aughenbaugh Jr.; three sisters, Patricia Fields, Carol Higgins and Kathleen Kmetz; a brother, Patrick Higgins and her nieces and nephews, Ethan, Erin, Danny, Allison, Jodie, Cathy, David and Kim. She was predeceased by her parents, Florence (Mac Donald) and Patrick Higgins, and two brothers, William and Donald Wilson.

Barbara was a stay-at-home mom until her children were older, then she helped run the Total Eclipse tanning salon with her daughter, and later on in life was a dentist assistant for Dr. William Schilkie of Nutley.

Barbara's hospitalization began late at night on Oct. 29, 2012, when a tree was blown over by Hurricane Sandy and demolished part of her home. Barbara was required to be on oxygen all the time, and as she had to leave her home and travel to safety, she developed bronchitis, which developed into bronchial pneumonia, which required her hospitalization.

The funeral will be Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m., from the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, (www.swbrownandson.com), 267 Centre St., Nutley. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Bloomfield, at 10 a.m. The interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Bloomfield. Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., for her friends to call.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, would be appreciated.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Jan. 21, 2013
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