Barbara Ann Stoddard, 79, ‘made sure no belly went empty’

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Barbara Ann Stoddard
Barbara Ann Stoddard

Barbara Ann Stoddard, 79, passed away peacefully Friday, April 7, 2017, at Williamsburg Sentara Regional Medical Center. Loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be missed by her family.

There was nothing more important to Barbara than spending time with her children and grandchildren—especially at the family’s cottage on Lake Skaneateles, N.Y. As a strong, Italian woman, she made sure no belly went empty.

The size of the gathering didn’t matter to Barbara, she always insisted on having a variety of delicious dishes, including traditional Italian pastries, and maybe a dozen donuts…just in case. Her grandchildren love that they inherited her sweet tooth.

Barbara will be missed by her church family as well. She was a member of the Saint Olaf Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Va., and an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In addition to her family, friends and faith, Barbara retired in 2002 from a successful career with Johnson and Johnson.

Barbara’s son, Jimmy Stoddard, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband of 59 wonderful years, Jim Stoddard; four children, John, and his wife, Susan, Paul, and his wife, Lisa, Mary Beth Mueller, and her husband, Don, and Barbara Jeanne Stanko, and her husband, Joe; nine grandchildren, Sara Stoddard, Corey Stoddard, Nathan Mueller, Katie Mueller, Bryanna Stanko, Zack Stanko, Sydney Stoddard, Sophie Stoddard, Marah Stanko; and brother, Frank DeBernardis, and his wife, Dee.

A funeral Mass, conducted by the Rev. Thomas E. Mattingly, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 17, at Saint Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane, Williamsburg. Interment will be private.

The family has designated memorial contributions to Saint Olaf Catholic Church and the Foundation for Sarcoidosis (FSR).