Barbara Spanskie, a 23-year resident of Pleasanton, California, passed away in her sleep on March 13 while under hospice care. She was born in Port Washington, New York, on May 7, 1926. Barbara grew up in Port Washington, and also lived for a while in Buffalo, New York.
Her career at Gruman Aerospace Co., in Bethpage, New York, spanned more than 30 years. For many years, she worked for the division that designed and built the Apollo Lunar Module and had the opportunity to meet several astronauts.
After retirement, Barbara and her husband, Charles, moved from their home in Massapequa, New York, to Pleasanton to be near her daughter, Lynne, and her daughter’s family. After moving to California, Barbara began studying painting, and her work has been displayed in many art shows in the Bay Area. She also loved gardening, and for many years, she enjoyed the Garden Club with her daughter and other friends. Barbara was a member of the Lynnewood United Methodist Church in Pleasanton, and in her later years, she was active in Widows and Widowers of Northern California.
Barbara is survived by a granddaughter, Kristen Pruiksma; son-in-law, Bill Pruiksma, nephews and a niece. She was preceded in death by Charles Spanskie, her husband of more than 40 years; her daughter, Lynne Pruiksma; and a granddaughter, Liane Pruiksma.
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. The family suggests a donation to a favorite charity in her memory.