Barbara Yastrzemski passed away on Tuesday, April 12 at the age of 86 in Southampton. Born to Helen and Stanley Zaneski on June 14, 1935, she was a lifelong resident of Southampton.
She is survived by her children Joanne (Michael) Lewis and Richard (Diana) Yastrzemski, her grandchildren Miles and Makayla Lewis and Cole and Laine Yastrzemski, her husband Chet, brother James Zaneski, along with nieces, nephews and other family members.
Barbara attended Southampton schools and worked through the years in the retail and hospitality industries. As a young woman, she worked retail clothing at Frederick’s, a flagship store located on Main Street in Southampton Village, and became lifelong friends with the owners, Fred and Nathalie Zimmern. She spent many enjoyable years working alongside her entire family at the famed Southampton Polish Hall during its height of its popularity. Her mother, Helen was a cook, while her father, Stanley “Doc” Zaneski ran the catering hall operations. Barbara’s final years of employment were engaged in local real estate sales and rentals with Pike Realty.
Barbara enjoyed extensive travelling with Chet and her family. They travelled both the United States and Europe. A favorite destination was San Diego, California to visit their good friends, the Zimmerns; they would also extend their trips to Honolulu, Hawaii. They enjoyed both places so much that they spent the winter months there during many years of retirement.
Barbara’s main passion was her family. Growing up in large family meant that a fun gathering was usually just a weekend away. Many holidays and casual get-togethers were spent around the kitchen table of Helen and “Doc.” She cared deeply for others and would always be there to aid a friend or family member during sickness or adversity. Her pride was her children and grandchildren, whom she would do anything for. She stressed the importance of family unity and celebrating family achievements. She touched the lives of many throughout her lifetime, and she will be greatly missed.
Visitation on Monday April 18, 2022 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a one pm funeral service at the O'Connell Rothwell Funeral Home, Southampton at 1:00 PM. Burial to follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery.