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Barbara Ann Ingratta

INGRATTA, Barbara Ann - Peacefully, on April 18, 2018, Barbara Ann Ingratta passed into eternal life at Markham Stouffville Hospital following a short hospital stay. She joined her twin sister Brenda (2017) and her father James (1990) and her mother Phyllis Irene (1994). Barbara is survived by her siblings John (Donna) Ingratta of Leamington, Amy Ingratta of Rodney and Marie (Don) Degraw of Glencoe. Dearly loved by her nieces and nephews Mary Catherine Stevenson (Russell), Susie Puyda (Jason), Jim O’Connor (Louise), Gerry O'Connor, Angela (Bruce) Wootton as well as great-nieces and nephews, Casey, Cody, Kyle, Megan, John, Ryan, Quinn and Ava and one great-great nephew, Riley. Barbara began her teaching career in 1982 in Thamesville, then on to Nakina in 1983 for the North of Superior Catholic School Board at St. Brigid School before moving south to North York at Mother Teresa and St. Benedict Catholic Schools until her retirement. Barbara enjoyed working with her young charges in specialized learning settings in the classroom and later as teacher librarian and making close, lasting friendships with many colleagues. During her northern service, Barbara became a consultant for specialized learning testing, a volunteer ambulance attendant and convenor of Remembrance Day activities for the school and local legion. In Toronto, she introduced a new reading programme to beginning readers and continued her interest in making Remembrance Day meaningful to all the children. Along the way, she was awarded the Toronto Sun Teacher of the Year recognition. Barbara was fascinated by the NASA space programme, modern history and the characters who people it. Her book collections of history, biographies and children's literature are extensive and well read. Daily world news was a passion. To Barbara, movies, Broadway and classical music were opportunities for learning - new words, new ideas, new quotations, later these appeared in her own writings - cards, letters, personal remembrances. Barbara rested at DENNING'S OF RODNEY , 212 Furnival Road, Rodney (519-785-0810) for visitation on Sunday, April 22nd from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Prayers were recited at the funeral home Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Funeral Mass was offered by Fr. Clare Coleman on Monday, April 23, 2018 and will commence at 11 a.m. from St. Mary's Parish, West Lorne. Cremation followed with private family Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date. Donations of remembrance for those who wish to St. Mary's Catholic Parish or the Cancer Research Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at www.denning.ca13270734
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