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Kathryn Ann Barber

Monday, June 20,2022 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM

St. Joseph Catholic Church


Kathryn Ann Barber, 80, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Thursday, June 16, 2022, at the Meritus Medical Center.

Born Wednesday, January 21, 1942 in Johnstown, PA, she was the daughter of the late James Edward Barber and the late Anna Marie (Crisafulli) Barber.

She graduated from Ebensburg High School in 1960 and later from the Washington County Hospital School of Nursing. She was employed with the Washington County Hospital, retiring after 25 years of service, she later was employed at the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. Kathryn was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she was also a member of Court Holy Family St. Joseph Catholic Daughter. She was a former member of numerous nursing associations.

She is survived by her daughter, Jill Marie Ritter and husband Joe of Hagerstown, MD; son, Anthony James Twigg & wife Tara of Berkeley Springs, WV; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 1:00 pm, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 17630 Virginia Avenue Hagerstown, MD, with Father Angel Marrero as celebrant

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD on Monday, June 20, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Interment will be at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

I have known, commiserated with, and laughed with Kathy many years at St. Joseph Church. And, I was blessed to be included with several other church friends as we went out for meals together. Kathy could make everyone laugh with her numerous stories of work and life in general. She always had a smile on her face, and a hug when it was needed. Kathy knew there was a fine line between laughter and tears, and when each was needed. She had a strong faith, and served as a Eucharistic Minister to her parish family. She and my husband, Joe, an usher, would banter back and forth and laugh as she stopped at severall pews to speak to people in the church; he would tell her "please move along and find a seat, Miss.", and they both would giggle like children! Joe and I will both miss those silly moments, and we will add them to the many fond memories we will keep of the lady with the heart warning smile. To her family- she mention- ed you often, and her love for and pride in you would shine thru her words. Take care of each other, and God bless you.

Mary Hellane
Hagerstown, Md. 21740

I met Kathy about 44 years ago and she and I worked, played, cried and celebrated together for most of them. I was away for about 20 years in retirement to Fla. but picked up where we left off as if no time had passed. She was an excellent nurse, mother, business partner and friend. She will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved her. Shirley Rich

Shirley Conner Rich
Hagerstown, Maryland

Kathy was such a kind, giving person who dearly loved her family. My deepest sympathy goes out to Jill and Tony and their families. She loved you guys so much. She touched so many lives. She was a great lady and friend.

Terry Gross
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Dear family I love you all. Kathy I will miss you so very much. I will always remember our visits. We laughed and cried and I always tried to make you laugh. We had such good times . You will always be in my heart. I will see you again my dearest friend. Love ❤️

Joan Taylor
Smithsburg , MD

I have lost my dearest and oldest friend of 70 plus years. My family moved across the street from her family when I was ten years old. Naturally, we became friends. We shared all kinds of things about ourselves. Talking, laughing, and crying was just part of our everyday existence. She was my pal, my friend, my confidante. Nothing was sacred. We knew everything about each other even as the years went by so swiftly. Our high school experiences coincided with each other, she became a cheerleader and I a majorette. How cool we felt. We both had a marvelous time in high school. Then it came time to part. I went to California to find my life and she went off to Nursing School to experience hers. In those days, there were no computers or cell phones, so we did what everyone else did--wrote letters. I think I may have saved some of those hilarious diatribes. As the years passed, both of us married, had babies and shared many experiences, life, child-rearing, men, sex--you know the usual girlie stuff. We never lost touch. We called each other on a pretty regular basis, vacationed together, visited each other and laughed our asses off. She valued her girlfriend relationships in her town of Hagerstown. They may have been her "besties", but I am certainly one of her oldest friends, I am sure. Friendships, if looked after flourish and are never forgotten. Nothing can compare to having a trusting and loving girlfriend to cry with. Kathy always had health issues, her eyes, physical ailments that many suffer, but she seemed to have so many. She would say, being the only child, she got all the ailments. In later years, she took exceeding excellent care of her mom and dad who I loved like my own parents, and maybe better. Her mom always made sure I had a dress for a dance. I miss Annie and Jimmy. While Kath was more or less confined to her home, her children Jill and Tony saw to her every need. They will get extra stars on the heavenly chart. They were as attentive as any children could be. Kathy never felt sorry for herself as far as I knew and never said a nasty thing about anybody--okay maybe a few but we usually agreed on things like this. On our last visit, I saw the diminishing of the person I once knew and loved. My daughter came with me to this visit, because some how she felt I was too old now to drive myself from where were staying. I allowed her that as she was only being loving and caring to me. I think now of all the times we shared with friends and the antics we got ourselves into. I will be missing those days and remembering her forever. I love you. You did it right Kathy, you raised two children that love and cared for you and that is the Legacy we all want in life. Patty

Patty Urban Fusco
Seal Beach, CA

Kathy was one of the first nurses I worked with when I graduated from Nursing School. That was over 40 years ago. I still remember her kindness, patience and ultimate skills!! She saw goodness in everything and had such an infectious laugh. Thank you Kathy for making me a better nurse!!!! Prayers for your entire family and strength through this impossible situation. God be with you. Carla Banzhoff Freeman

Carla Banzhoff Freeman
Denver, NC

Rest In Peace, Kathy.

Hedgesville , WV

Sending my sincere condolences to Kathy's family. Kathy, I will miss you, I will miss our chats, our laughs and our occassional glass of wine. God speed, RIP.

Patti Markunas
Hagerstown, MD

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