Barbara J Machlis

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Barbara J. Machlis passed away on July 29, 2014, in Port Washington, NY, after a brief illness. She was 80.

She was born on August 30, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, to Albert and Ruth Heyman.

Barbara was beautiful, smart as a whip, and always ahead of her time. She graduated from Tilden High School at the age of 16, starting as a freshman at Baruch College the same year. She soon met her future husband, Oscar, and they married when Barbara was 18. They were married for 62 years, living first in Manhattan and then Franklin Square, NY, before moving to The Amsterdam at Harborside several years ago.

She returned to college while in her 30s and raising two daughters, earning her degree from Adelphi University.

Barbara's life was filled with compassion, concern for those less fortunate, and social justice. She worked for many years as a social worker at Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital in Queens Village, NY, caring and advocating for those who most needed assistance.

Barbara was involved in numerous charitable activities including canvassing for the and volunteering at the Nassau County Museum of Art. Barbara also worked tirelessly for the National Council of Jewish Women, where she spearheaded her local chapter's annual fundraising journal project and was honored as their Woman of the Year in recognition of her hard work and devotion.

Barbara was a lover of learning, of the arts, and of Manhattan. She defied the stereotypes of aging by continuing to take college classes that she found stimulating, being proficient on the computer, and helping family and friends with their technology questions. She regularly went to line dancing and tai chi sessions and headed into Manhattan to attend shows and visit museums, enjoying many of these activities with her sister (and best friend) Dorothy. Barbara also loved music and played the piano for many years, instilling that same love in her daughters.

Barbara was known by family and friends as always looking to help anyone who needed her, whether they asked or not.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband Oscar; daughters Nancy Rechtman and Sharon Gartenberg; sons-in-law Ron Rechtman and Lee Gartenberg; grandchildren Marissa Rechtman and Alex Rechtman; sister Dorothy Klein; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as her rescue dog Lucky.

There is a hole in the hearts of all who love her, but Barbara's loved ones know they were very fortunate to have had such a remarkable and righteous woman in their lives as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, and role model.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barbara's name to the National Council of Jewish Women (c/o Miriam Chatinover, 22 Avalon Road, Great Neck, NY 11021), North Shore Animal League (, or (​
Published on from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2014
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