Barbara found pure joy in life's smallest moments, like watching a colorful fluttering hummingbird. She also reflected pure joy when she cooked a big festive meal and had the family gathered around the table. Her heart was filled, and her hugs spread joy to everyone who surrounded her.
Barbara Jean Delfino passed away after a long illness at the age of 70. Barbara was born July 6, 1951. She was raised Catholic. She graduated from Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts. She went on to work at Bethlehem Steel for about five years. Barbara then went to work for several law firms in Downtown Baltimore, where she excelled because of her natural analytical talents. She commuted to her job by bus, and her true love, Joe, was always waiting at the Eastpoint Mall bus stop to pick her up and bring her home.
Barbara loved to spend her free time gardening, where she tenderly watched her plants blossom into vivid colors. In the same way, she tended to her family, fiercely doing whatever it took to help her loved ones thrive. It was that bulldog attitude that Barbara used while raising her two grandchildren, Christopher, and Alanna. She was devoted to giving each of them a wonderful childhood with a strong set of values. She also shared her pure joy with them by being a part of every one of their milestones.
Her love for her husband of 45 years was evident. Barbara and Joe shared everything. They liked to travel to Lancaster, PA, and stay at Bird in Hand Family Inn. They even would split a cheesesteak sub. They went everywhere together, sharing in life's biggest and smallest moments.
Barbara had a special love for the holidays. She truly loved to celebrate all occasions when there was plenty of food and family at the table. So, for Thanksgiving, she would be up at the crack of dawn to begin cooking. Barbara's grandchildren would look forward to eating her secret ingredient stuffing and her delicious cheesecake. Christmas also centered on some wonderful family traditions. Barbara found great joy giving her family ornaments, most recently, glass ornaments in the shape of hummingbirds.
Barbara is survived by her devoted husband, Joseph Delfino; Her children, Kim and Troy; Her stepchildren, Joseph, Lisa, Rick; her siblings Carolyn and Albert; and her grandchildren, who were her greatest pure joy; Christopher and Alanna.
A Celebration of Barbara's life will be held at a future date.
The Delfino family requests in lieu of flowers please send donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Published by Dundalk Eagle on Sep. 21, 2021.