Obituary of Barbara A Mooney
Celebration of Life: Barbara Ann Mooney
Our dear Mother, Barbara Ann (Herbst) Mooney passed away on January 8, 2023 after a brief battle with cancer. Her soul is now in heaven, but she will never leave our hearts. Born in Bayonne, NJ on May 7, 1942 to the late Robert and Anna Herbst. Her childhood was filled with a large immediate family surrounding her. She attended St. Joseph's Catholic School and went on to graduate from The Holy Family Academy where she played and coached Basketball. One memory she frequently recalled was taking her younger brother Robert on her dates and outings.
Barbara and William Schork Sr were "Childhood Sweethearts" and they married on October 7, 1961 in St Joseph's Catholic Church. They welcomed Debra Ann and William Joseph into their lives. The family eventually moved down the Jersey shore where she raised her children. The memories are endless. Her smile and laugh were contagious.
When her kids were younger, she worked selling Avon & Tupperware and while assisting in the church's rectory she discovered she had a passion to help people find homes which led her to earn her real estate license. She was always on the move with endless energy and love in her heart until her last day with us. The Barbara that we all came to know, and love had an impeccable work ethic infused with dedication, energy, & purpose but, most importantly, did every act with kindness.
There are countless memories of the kids with their loving Mom. One stands out that involves Barbara as her daughter’s Brownie troop leader. One recalls her taking her troop on a short daytime hike and getting lost on the way back!! All ended well thankfully. She drove Bill everyday across town to the Laurel Hills Stables where his first horse Tonka was boarded. Bill began his love for horses at an early age and Mom made sure Tonka was his priority. We probably could have talked her into letting Tonka become our pet horse and live in our backyard, but we lived in a residential community! There wasn't anything she wouldn't do for her beloved children. No different from how she’ll always be remembered, Barbara never stressed out and took everything in stride, “Family first, everything else can wait.”
Barbara made sure our childhood home was "The Fun Home" where all our friends and cousins were welcomed and spoiled. The treats in the pantry were plentiful and she was always so young at heart. She always gravitated to whoever was the youngest at the time and if you were a kid Barbara’s house was the best place to be. Her parents and only brother Robert and wife Iraida moved to Bricktown, NJ so we were never more than 20 minutes apart. We all shared in family traditions that have followed us and will continue throughout our lifetimes. Those who knew Barbara well knew the high importance she placed on community, at work, in the church, and in her neighborhood. Her friends and involvements were an extension of her family and Barbara always preferred to be surrounded by friends and family.
Upon moving to Englewood, Florida where Barbara would call her home for the next 40 plus years, she met the love of her life, Jim Mooney. Their Love was like a storybook novel where she was the Princess placed on a pedestal for their whole time together. They loved their life together and embodied the motto, “work hard, play hard.” As the ultimate dynamic duo, they set a strict professional standard to never let home interfere with work and the beautiful blonde and silver fox set a high standard in local real estate for a long time. Barbara and Jim were the ultimate power couple and were blessed to enjoy the fruits of their hard work by traveling the world and enjoying over 25 cruises together. Never once did Barbara let anything come above the family, she embraced the family with so much love and generosity and always put the needs of others above her own. There wasn’t a person who met her that she didn’t make feel special. In life, we all encounter seemingly countless interactions we interpret as meaningless with one exception, Barbara Mooney. She was the person in the room that you remembered, and, more importantly, she remembered you.
She gave complete devotion to her Church St. Francis of Assisi in Grove City, FL. She was a parishioner here since the early 1980’s, served as a Eucharistic minister, volunteered on numerous committees, all embodied in service to her God with unwavering faith.
Barbara’s life revolved around her children and their families. A longtime dream was realized as Barbara’s family gradually started relocating closer to Englewood and the surrounding areas. She was blessed and so grateful to know that within a few hours’ notice, the gang could gather for a meal or celebration. There wasn't a school awards ceremony, a graduation, a birthday, a holiday, or sporting event that the grandchildren and great grandchildren didn't see their biggest fan there proudly supporting. She treated everyone equitably, well known for multiple family events in the same day to ensure everyone had an equal amount of time with their beloved Nana, Grandmother, Mother, and best friend.
She made each one of us feel special in her own unconditional way. With it being a special vacation or even a shopping spree we knew how loved we were. Everybody got a card for everything, that was Barbara’s way of acknowledging she was thinking of you. Her and her daughter Debby were inseparable. There weren't many times that you would see them apart. They lived four houses away from each other and were not only a mother/daughter team in selling Real Estate, but also a team of a devoted mother and daughter spending time together and genuinely enjoying one another each day. They were allies, best friends, confidants, and lifelong partners connected by an inseparable bond. Johnny became her "Bonus" Son. She loved him and loved how he loved Debby.
Barbara and her son Bill had a strong and unwavering bond. Barbara was always so in awe of her son’s accomplishments and expertise and unafraid to speak so highly of him to anyone that would listen. They lived very close to each other as well. She couldn't brag enough about how her Bill was the best builder in town or how she would make his favorite roast beef and mashed potatoes for him. When Bill arrived for family gatherings, Mom stopped everything to greet him and ensured that everyone knew her son had arrived. She loved visiting Bill and her daughter-in- law Susan in their summer home in Saratoga, NY for the last few years. She was provided the royal treatment there and she loved the scenic beauty there.
Barbara never ended a conversation without an “I Love You Honey” or a hug and sweet kiss when you left. She loved her dear friends and was so loyal to her Englewood Community and Family. She served her Lemon Bay Isles community with such devotion and will be missed by all as she always tried to make it a better place for all. Key Realty was her second family she would often say. The office will never be the same without her. The real work occurred at home, but the meaningful interactions and real fun happened at the office, she always took such pride in her work friends who were also her best friends.
Memories of Barbara are in all our hearts. They broke the mold with her. A novel and a full day would not be enough time to cover the lives she touched or the people who will miss her. It would not be enough time to give her the proper farewell celebration to rejoice in such a meaningful and purposeful life. She is and will always be, “All things to all people.” Barbara had an individualized and special bond with everyone she met, and no two connections were the same, but they were special.
She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Anna Herbst and her beloved husband Jim who was waiting with open arms for her.
- She leaves behind two children, William Schork (Susan Schork) and Debra Walters (John). - Mom
- Six Grandchildren, Glenn Walters, Kristen Schork, William Schork Jr, Courtney Walters, Brieanna Walters Abreu (Helcio) and Chris Evans. - Grandma
- Four Great Grandchildren who treasured her, Chace Schork, Khloe Evans, Hayden Abreu, and Heliane Abreu. - Nana
- She is survived by one brother Robert and sister-in-law Iraida and her brother-in-law Kenny Mooney and Sister-in-law Judy Mooney.
- She is predeceased by her forever friend, Sam Devaney.
- Many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends who became family and the many others whose lives she touched.
Englewood Community Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.
www.englewoodfh.com 3070 S. McCall Rd Englewood, FL 34224 (941) 475-9800
There will be viewing hours from 2-8 PM on Friday January 20, 2023 at the funeral home.
A catholic funeral mass will follow on Saturday January 21, 2023 at 11 am at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Grove City, FL 34224, 5265 Placida Rd, Grove City, FL 342224
Afterwards all are invited to a luncheon in Barbara's honor at the Parish Hall. Save some memories to share with all our Sweet Barbara Ann. Heaven gained another Angel and shall rejoice.
As in Barbara's own memorable words, "DON'T CRY BECAUSE IT'S OVER SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED.”
“In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation (Direct gift to: RESEARCH). Donations can be made by mailing a check to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, MBC-FOU, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612; online at Moffitt.org/Donate; or by calling 1-800-456-3434 ext. 1403.”
- Honor Gift Type: In Memory of
- Honoree First & Last Name: BARBARA MOONEY
- Notification Recipient: Debby Walters, 6119 Ivory Bill Drive, Englewood, FL 34224