Barbara Ann Casella, 50, of Spring Brook Twp., and formerly of Old Forge, died tragically Wednesday evening in an automobile accident on Interstate 380 in Moscow. She is survived by her husband, Harley Patterson. Wed on June 27, 1998, the couple was married for 15 years.
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Born on Oct. 21, 1962, and raised in Old Forge, Barbara was the daughter of the late Vincent and Mary Zenobi Casella. A graduate of Old Forge High School, class of 1980, she earned her dental hygiene degree three years later from Luzerne County Community College. Since 1986, she was employed as a dental hygienist for Dr. Michele Gripp of Olyphant.
Barbara was a wonderful, warm-hearted, funny and beautiful person, inside and out, and anyone who knew her can attest to that. If you needed her last dollar more than she did, it was yours. Her door was always open to anyone. Nine years ago, when her husband's grandchildren lost their mother, she didn't even think twice about taking them in and raising them as her own — that was quintessential Barbara. She loved dogs and missed her pups, Kato and Jackson, until the very end. She missed her mom and dad deeply and her family finds comfort in knowing she is peacefully reunited with them once again. Her family and friends alike have all been fortunate to have had her in their lives, but so saddened that it wasn't long enough. She will be forever missed.
She is also survived by her children, Sin'Deara Harris of New Jersey; T'Quay Harris and Isaiah Crippen; and stepson, Terrell Patterson, all of Spring Brook Twp.; her sister, Cathy Pascolini and husband, David; her brother, Vincent Casella Jr. and wife, Lisa; her niece and godchild, Nina Pascolini; nephews, Vincent and Nicholas Casella, all of Old Forge; several aunts and cousins.
The funeral will be Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., in Old Forge.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 until services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Visit www.kearneyfuneralhome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on July 12, 2013