Barbara Helen (Bellino) Barrett of Whitehouse Station, a former longtime resident of Montclair, died peacefully on Sept. 13, 2022. She was 89.

Born and raised in New York City, Mrs. Barrett graduated from Walton High School in the Bronx and worked at the Young & Rubicam advertising agency and the New York Telephone Co. 

She also did some fashion modeling and developed a lifelong love of dressing to the nines and always trying to look her best when out and about.  

Mrs. Barrett worked as a classroom teacher’s aide at Mount Hebron School, retiring after 25 years. She always said she loved working in the school system so she could be on the same schedule as her children.  

She enjoyed the summers and Christmas holidays off to fuss over family and tend to her home in Montclair. Once retired, she and her husband, Marty, moved to Whitehouse Station, spending time with grandchildren near and far and summer trips to the Jersey Shore. 

She set a shining example of perseverance, moxie and self-reliance for her entire family and, especially, her grandchildren.The Barrett family will miss her unique take on life, her droll and playful sense of humor and her unwavering work ethic. 

Mrs. Barrett  is survived by her sons, Christopher, of Dunedin, Florida, and Sean, of Simpsonville, South Carolina; daughters, Sheila Pedraza (Louis) of Augusta, Georgia, and Paula Kurschus (Eric) of Bernardsville, and her grandchildren, Christian and Ryan Pedraza, Makaela and Olivia Kurschus and Joshua, Madison and Carly Barrett.

Visitation will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., on Friday, Sept. 23, with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Cassian Church, 187 Bellevue Ave., at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow at Mount Hebron Cemetery.