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Barbara J. (Jacobsen) Ibarra

October 18, 1935 ~ October 22, 2021 (age 86)


Cobleskill- Rev. Barbara J. Ibarra, 86, of Elm St., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born October 18, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Hans and Rakel Jacobsen.

Barbara left Brooklyn for Indiana to attend Taylor University earning her BA in Psychology.  Never one to stop learning, she went on to attend New York University, and Drew University earning multiple Master’s Degrees in the field of Psychology.  She also attended The New York Theological Seminary earning a Master of Theology. 

For many years, she served as a United Methodist Minister, beginning her journey in North Blenheim, NY.  As she grew in the ministry, she accepted an assignment in Ellenville, NY from which she retired in 2000 after 16 years of service.  In “retirement” she served as an on-call pastor preaching as often as called upon.  She accepted an assignment at the Guilford United Methodist Church, until finally stepping down from the pulpit in 2018.  It is impossible to measure her positive influence, or how many lives she touched through her tireless preaching, teaching, and reaching.

In addition to community outreach, Barbara was skilled in the kitchen.  She took great pride in her Thanksgiving dinner presentation, including her apple pie which was a blue-ribbon contender.  She also had a knack for interior design, and was the consummate bargain hunter.  She enjoyed seeking out just the right antique to add to her collection, always knowing that “they don’t make them like they used to”.

Barbara was a life-long resident of New York, living in Middleburgh for many years prior to moving to Cobleskill in retirement.

Cherishing her memories are her beloved husband, Carlos, whom she married June 21, 1965; her children: Jonathan (Cheryl) Ibarra of Stoddard, NH, Steven (Jill) Ibarra of Nazareth, PA, Lisa (Bill) Himme of Cobleskill, David (Karen) Ibarra of Dallas, TX, and Ana Brandt of Santa Ana, CA; nine grandchildren: Joshua, Nathan, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Sarah, Danielle, Evan, Olivia, and Ava; also, a great-granddaughter, Haven.  She was predeceased by her brother, Clifford Jacobsen.

Family and friends are invited to a period of visitation to be held from 5PM to 7PM on Friday, November 5, 2021, at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill. A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Cobleskill United Methodist Church, 107 Chapel St., Cobleskill with Rev. Anna Blinn Cole officiating. Burial will follow in Richmondville Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to UMC Food Pantry, 107 Chapel St., Cobleskill, NY 12043.

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November 5, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home
171 Elm Street
Cobleskill, NY 12043

Funeral Service
November 6, 2021

11:00 AM
Cobleskill United Methodist Church (Chapel St, Cobleskill)


Food Pantry at Cobleskill United Methodist Church
107 Chapel St., Suite 1, Cobleskill NY 12043
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