OLEAN - Barbara Jean Brookins, of 137 N. 15th St., died unexpectedly Tuesday (March 18, 2014), shortly after arrival at Herman Orange Memorial Hospital in Orange, Texas. She and her husband had been visiting family in Orange.
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Born on Aug. 28, 1949, in Buffalo, she was a daughter of Stanley and Virginia Riley Aldrow. On April 17, 1971, in the Tonawanda United Methodist Church, she married Robert W. Brookins, who survives.
Barb was raised in Wheatfield and graduated from Niagara-Wheatfield High School. In 1971, she moved to Olean, where she was first employed by the former Carnahan's Men's Store and later for the former Siegels Shoes Store. She worked as a secretary at St. Bonaventure University for 29 years, retiring in 2012.
She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Olean, where she served as a youth adviser and sang in the choir. She also held various board positions at the church, most recently on the Diaconate Board.
She was a loving wife and mother, and she was devoted to her whole family. She relished all gatherings with her siblings, friends and her church family. She was looking forward to the birth of her third grandson in April, to be named Ivan Thomas Downing.
Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Wendi (Lorenzo Downing II) Brookins of Alexandria, Va.; two grandsons, Lorenzo Downing III and Landon Robert Downing; 11 brothers and sisters, Diana (Andrew) Norton of Bremerton, Wash., Sharon Shull of Ransomville, James (Margaret) Aldrow of Lockport, Rose Aldrow of Cheektowaga, Linda (Bill) Kohler of Rochester, Darlene Negvesky of Niagara Falls, Kathy Aldrow of Niagara Falls, Darryl (Helen) Aldrow of Niagara Falls, Steven (Patty) Aldrow of North Tonawanda, Audrey (Mark) Beasock of North Tonawanda and Jackie (Craig) Amiano of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Arlene Aldrow of Lockport; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Charles Aldrow; and a sister, Patricia Andrews.
Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday (March 22, 2014) at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Olean. The Rev. Daniel McDowell, senior pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Olean, 133 S. Union St., Olean, NY 14760; or to the
, 315 Alberta Drive, Suite 102, Amherst, NY 14226. Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.
Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home
3128 Nys Route 417 W Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Mar. 20, 2014