Barbara Brook

Obituary of Barbara Brook


Barbara (Sheffer) Brook, age 87, died peacefully at her home at the Beverwyck Retirement Community in Slingerlands on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Born in 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Samuel and Esther (Scooler) Sheffer, Barbara was raised in New York City. She was a long-time resident of Plainview, New York. Barbara had a long and successful career as a school librarian for the Half Hollow Hills School District on Long Island, and then a second career for Follett as a library system trainer. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert Brook, in 2007, as well as her younger brother, Isaiah Sheffer, in 2012. Barbara is survived by her loving children, Eric Brook of Eagan, MN, Carolyn Brook (Al O’Connor) of New Baltimore, NY, and Elinor Brook (W. Robin Hill) of Saratoga Springs, NY. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Damon Thomas Brook (Eve Thomas Brook), Serena Brook (Nicholas White), Hannah O’Connor and William Hill, and a cherished great-granddaughter, Petra Thomas Brook. Barbara will be well remembered for her keen intelligence, skilled bridge playing and constant support to her family. The family wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude to Community Hospice and to Barbara’s wonderful and devoted caregivers, Robaire Long, Rhonda Long, Caryn Perry and Martha Fiato, for treating our mother with the utmost dignity, respect and warmth and helping her to remain at home as she wished


. A funeral will be held on Long Island on Friday, October 27, at 12:00 p.m. at Gutterman’s in Woodbury, followed by a burial at New Montefiore Cemetery in Farmingdale/West Babylon. Donations may be made in her name to The Community Hospice, St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208. Thank you to Levine Memorial Chapel in Albany for their assistance with arrangements.