Barbara J. Romeo


Barbara J. Romeo, 66, of Glen Rock, NJ, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  She was born November 26, 1950, in Brooklyn, NY.

Barbara was the beloved daughter of Josephine Romeo and the late Vito J. Romeo.  Loving sister of Victor Joseph Romeo, wife Christina Romeo.  Cherished sister, Janet A. Romeo.  She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Matthew Romeo and wife Danielle Romeo, nephew Michael Romeo and niece Elizabeth Romeo. She was Godmother to Claudia Ann Kahn, Michael Romeo, Michelle Brianne Bodnar, and Mark Anthony Bodnar.

Barbara’s life was dedicated to education and being a teacher all her life.  The most important thing to her were her students.  She loved each and every one as if they were her own.  Her philosophy was that she expected high standards from each student she educated.  She believed in this due to the fact she knew her students were capable and with this they will have the ability to achieve their life long goals.

Barbara received a BA from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY and MS from Richmond College, Staten Island, NY.  She held a certification from the State of NY for Nursery School and Elementary School Teacher of grades 1-6.  From the State of NJ, her certification was Elementary grades and Teacher of English.  She was endorsed by Rev. Dennis J. Cohan for the Future Leader’s Program which she received from the Archdiocese of Newark Certification for becoming an Elementary school principal.  She also had her Religious certification.

Barbara taught six years at St. Athanasius School in Brooklyn, NY at the onset of her teaching experience, followed by eleven years at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ridgewood, NJ.   Barbara held the position of vice principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel assisting the late Father Thomas Scanlon.  She taught second grade and then a combined class of first and second grade at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Her career moved on, when in 1990 Our Lady of Mount Carmel School consolidated with St. Catharine's School in Glen Rock, NJ.  At St. Catharine’s School, Barbara taught third grade.  She was on many committees during her teaching career.  She coordinated the After School program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Catharine Schools.  She was chairperson for Academy of Our Lady for Middle States Reaccreditation, Middle States Accreditation in 2013-2014.  She was on the National Blue Ribbon School Committee which the school received. Barbara was honored and blessed by Archbishop Meyers at the Basilica in Newark and received a certificate honoring her for 42 dedicated years in catholic education.

She had the honor of being published in Who’s Who Among America Teacher’s in 2000, by a former student Raymond Miller, Class of 1997.  She was also nominated to the Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women Teachers in Education for the school years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, and nominated for Disney’s America’s Teacher Awards.

Former students always came back to inform her what was going on in their lives and what they were able to achieve because of her.  Barbara’s other love was reading.  Her favorite authors were Danielle Steele, Mary Higgins Clark, and Jan Brett.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Catharine R.C. Church, 905 South Maple Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00.  Entombment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Melanoma Research Foundation, or the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc., 2 Shelter Lane, Oakland, NJ 07436.

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Sending our deepest sympathies to the Romeo Family. Both of my girls have never forgotten Ms. Romeo's third grade and learning their States and Capitals from her. My oldest is 22 now and says she still remembers them! I as a working parent always knew when my children came out from after care that their homework was done and we could enjoy each other as a family when we got home. Her concern for my family will never be forgotten as well, never once when I saw Barbara did she not ask "How is mommy?" She was part of a very close family and understood how much family means. Teachers like Barbara Romeo are rare and I am so glad she was a part of my children's lives as well as mine. She will be sorely missed.
Patricia MacDonald
Even through our three children went to St. Catharine's only our son Matthew 98' was fortunate enough to have Miss Romeo as his third grade teacher. After receiving his Master's Degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, I asked him who was his most memorable teacher. He said Miss Romeo. She made you work to your potential which helped me in third grade and later. Mary Sullivan
mary sullivan
Our deepest sympathy to the Romeo family as you mourn the death of your beloved. Ms Romeo gifted my children with a standard of excellence that remains with them today. Her sense of humor won't be easily forgotten as she donned many a costumes and silly hats to charm and encourage a love for life. She will be missed for her selfless care and concern for others. I will miss a strong woman whom I called a friend. May Your soul be joyfully at peace dear Barbara in the presence of your Savior.
Nina Conn
Our Heavenly Father has called His Angel back to his side. Miss Romeo , thank you for all the lives you have touched. There will never be a another like you. May God watch over the Romeo family and keep them safe and in His care always. We Love You !
The Swierczewski Family Tony, Sue And Anthony Tyler
Dear Mrs. Romeo, Janet and family, There are no words... I am heartbroken over the loss of Barbara. She was not only an AMAZING teacher, but a special human being. Her dedication to her students and their families will be a memory that is NEVER forgotten. Over the years, I am so happy that we were able to stay in touch.She was able to share in the many milestones in my son's life, from graduations to recently his marriage. Saint Catharine's School/AOL was lucky to have her on the faculty. Being in public education for 25 years, I can attest to the fact-"Teachers like Ms. Romeo are rare." Thank God that she held students to high standards. She prepared them for the real world and its challenges. I will FOREVER be grateful to her for her academic expertise in the education of my son and the excellent care that she rendered him in the after school program. Without her support of working parents, many of us would not have been able to have peace of mind in our own careers. We knew our children were safe, loved and being well cared for. I would like to publicly thank Barbara for her service to children. She will be dearly missed. Take comfort in knowing that so many of us care. Sincerely with love, Denice Miller
Denice Miller
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