Barbara J. Berard, 63, Southport, N.C., formerly of Altoona, went to be with the Lord Thursday after a courageous six-month battle with leukemia.
She was born in Johnstown, daughter of Patricia (Johns) McGrath and the late Patrick McGrath. She married Richard Berard in June 1975.
Surviving are her husband; a son, Anthony and wife, Tracy, of Morrisville; a daughter, Susan Yanief and husband, David, of Wexford; three granddaughters: Kristen, Candace and Jonni Ann; a sister, Susan Krenicky of Kimberton; a brother, Thomas of Duncansville; and her mother, Patricia of Hollidaysburg.
She was preceded in death by a brother, David McGrath.
Barbara graduated from Altoona Area High School in 1968 and received a bachelor's degree in education at Kent State University in 1972. She retired as a teacher from the Altoona Area School District and, after her retirement, continued to teach at Brunswick Community College.
Barbara was a member of Ocean View United Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling. She liked to spend time outdoors with her golden retriever, Dudley.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the noon memorial service Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home Chapel, Southport, N.C., Pastor Jim Shaver officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422, in Barbara's memory.
Online condolences may be offered at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.