Helen Margaret Barr Singleman, a 60 year resident of Newburgh entered into rest on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital. She was 94. She passed away 7 months and 1 day after losing her oldest son Edwin Barr to cancer, which she never fully recovered.
Helen was born in New Jersey on April 27, 1921 to William J. and Irene Waters. Helen's young husband was killed in the war while serving in General George Patton's Third Army on February 12, 1945. Clarence E. Barr, her husband, was only 25 years old and in Foreign Service only 2 months, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, when he lost his life. Helen's second husband, William C. Singleman was best friends with Clarence and a pact was made between the two as they both went off to war that if anything would happen to Clarence serving his country in the war, Bill would look after Helen and their two young sons. That lasted over 40 years. William C. Singleman was a very popular teacher at South Jr. High for many years who predeceased her in 1985.
Helen was an accomplished bowler and participated in many leagues before being stricken with M.S.
Survivors include her only remaining son, Robert Barr and his wife, Pat of Newburgh; her grandchildren, Tracey Finch(Wes), Robert W. Barr (Suzanne), Brian Barr, Scott Barr (Jessica), Kim Lemmon (Roy); Eddie Barr and partner (Polly) and Stephanie Pellegrini (Carlo); daughter-in-law, Priscilla Barr; and 17 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, husbands and son, she was predeceased by her two sisters and their husbands; Ruth and Thomas Mulligan, Rita and Dr. Robert Lewis and brother, William J. Waters Jr. and Mildred.
Mom was a gentle, deep loving woman and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Visitation will take place Friday, September 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Rd. (Rte. 32), Newburgh.
Funeral service will commence 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26th at the Funeral Home. Father John Vondras will officiate. Burial to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in New Windsor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 733, Third Ave., 3rd Floor, NY, NY 10017