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Barbara Fenn Wysession

Teaneck - Barbara Fenn Wysession died peacefully in her home in Teaneck, NJ, on Saturday, Dec 29, 2018, at the age of 85. She was an unyielding force of cheerfulness and optimism who loved music and nature. Barbara was a talented musician who taught music to thousands of students both as a public-school music teacher and through private lessons, and helped countless others as a music therapist at Bergen Pines, Greystone Park, and Preakness hospitals. Barbara was a professional church organist who also played and taught the piano, cello, flute, and recorder, and later in life learned the viola da gamba. Barbara was born in Berlin, NH, and went on to receive a BA in music from the U. of New Hampshire and graduate degrees in music education from Harvard and music therapy from Montclair State. Barbara lived in New Jersey for most of her adult life and professional career, playing and performing with the Bergen Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chorale, the Bergen County Chapter of the American Recorder Society, and many other musical ensembles. In addition, she returned for over 60 years to northern New Hampshire, where she played music and climbed mountains. Barbara is survived by daughter Lisa Wysession (Ramsey, NJ), son Michael Wysession and his wife Margaret Farnon (St. Louis, MO), and grandchildren William and Elizabeth. She was predeceased by her husband Alex Wysession. Services celebrating Barbara's life will be held in New Jersey in the spring and in New Hampshire in the summer. Memories can be shared at https://www.volkleberfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Barbara-Wysession/ and correspondence can be sent to Lisa ([email protected]) or Michael ([email protected]).
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