Barbara Joan Nigro, 89, passed away peacefully in her sleep in East Northport, NY on February 2, 2021. Barbara was born in Huntington, NY to the late William Lutz and Theresa Ingellis. Her husband of 52 years, Joseph Nigro, passed away in 2005, her sons, Peter and John in 1968 and her daughter, Jeanine Neal in 2020. Barbara is survived by her sister, Marie Thompson (Virginia Beach, VA), her sister-in- law Margorie Lutz (Ancramdale, NY) and her brother-in-law, Kenneth Larson (East Northport, NY). Left to cherish her memory are 7 surviving children and their spouses: Dona (William) Lee, Anthony (Elizabeth), Mitchell Neal, Mary, Annemarie (Kristen) Hull, Joseph (Marianne), Peter (Dalida) and Kimberly (Arthur) Bruno. She also enjoyed her grandchildren: Kristen and Sabrina Lee, Jennifer Cain, Joseph, Kyle, Kathryn, Elizabeth 'Stormy', and Barbara Jean Nigro, Richard Schindler, Janine Livote, James Dellapace, Danielle Thompson, Emily Neal, Timothy Werner, Stephanie and Christopher Nigro, Samantha and Sydney Nigro, Taylor and Matthew Kunkel, their spouses, and her 12 great grandchildren, and many other loving family and friends.
Barbara was, first and foremost, a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and sister who always put others first. She met her husband, Joe, while attending nursing school in Brooklyn and worked as a nurse until her family expanded and she became a full-time homemaker. Her faith and unwavering commitment to her family guided her everyday endeavors. As a mother and grandmother, she encouraged her children and grandchildren to passionately pursue impactful careers that would touch the lives of others. Her family knew how proud she was of them by the interest, support and time she dedicated to each one of them. Barbara always found the time to participate in her children and grandchildren's activities, and was thus bestowed the title of "world's greatest cheerleader" by her family members. Throughout her life, she enjoyed baking her infamous zucchini bread and hosting family meals. She spent many years constructing dollhouses with her husband to share with various children. Additionally, her reverence for the arts and music prompted her to graciously open her home for theatrical rehearsals whenever her grandchildren needed a place to rehearse. In her later years, she enjoyed traveling with family to Hawaii, the Bahama, and all destinations in between. During these excursions she would boldly embark on new experiences and sights, and she loved making timeless memories with her precious family. Barbara touched the hearts and lives of so many people she came in contact with. She will truly be missed.