Barbara Maher, 86, passed away peacefully April 5, 2019 in Huntersville, N.C.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 6 at St. Michael’s Church in Penn Yan.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: Keukacomfortcarehome.org, Millyspantry.org, OperationAmped.com (supporting wounded veterans), and Coach Ed Pond Memorial Award at Penn Yan Central School District.
She was born June 1, 1932 in Geneva, and grew up in Penn Yan. Barbara Jean married her first love, Michael John Mahar in 1950 and had three children; Mary Jo, Michael, and Gregory.
Along with her husband, she was proprietor of The R&M and The Valley Inn. A woman of strong political values, she worked as the Yates County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner.
After the death of her husband in 1980, she married her second love, Robert Brennan Maher, in Geneva in 1985. During their time in Geneva, Barbara worked at Hobart & William Smith Colleges ,where she retired, but held a lifelong love. She and Robert split time between Geneva and Dania Beach, Fla. where they held many lifelong, dear friendships. They finally settled in North Carolina to share experiences with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Robert passed in 2003. Barbara continued to volunteer in several community service roles while in North Carolina.
Barbara, the matriarch of the family, was known as “Nonnie” by her grandchildren and “Nonnie-Nonnie” by her great-grandchildren. She prided herself in attending athletic, school and community events to support them.
She held a strong thankfulness for all that served her country and held an ardent belief in the value of the unionized worker.
Barbara is survived by her children, Mary Jo (James) Olmstead of Huntersville, N.C., Michael (Jeanine) Mahar of Penn Yan, and Gregory (Linda Axtell) Mahar of Penn Yan; her grandchildren Adam (Leslie) Olmstead of Cornelius, N.C., Reid (Tracy) Olmstead of Croton-on-Hudson, Capt.(Ret.) Michael (Alyssa) Mahar of Westmont, Ill., Staff Sgt. Ryan (Erin) Mahar of Goldsboro, N.C., Brittney (Matthew Battaglini) Mahar of Endicott, Erica Mahar of Maine, N.Y., Brad (Rachel) Donovan of Penn Yan; great-grandchildren Aidan, Ava, Liam, Fiona, Neve, Kallen, Cole, Nora Jane, Jaxon. She is also survived by her siblings Arloa Ingram of Penn Yan, Duane “Skip” (Janelle) Ellis of Newnan, Ga., Carlton (Margo) Ellis of Webster, and many nieces and nephews.