Barbara Mae Schoeneberg, age 88, a longtime summer resident of Edgartown, died on Wednesday May 29th, 2019, from natural causes.
Barbara was born on March 31, 1931 in Long Branch, NJ, to Fredrick and Gladys (Grant) Schoeneberg. Barbara attended some grade school years in Edgartown, before her family moved to Barnegat, NJ where she graduated high school and enlisted in the Air Force as a First Class Airman at Sampson Air Force Base in New York. After her honorable discharge, she moved to California and worked for Chevron Oil until her retirement in 1979. She then returned to live with her parents and help care for her ill father. In 1980, Barbara and her mother Gladys purchased land in Edgartown and built a summer home. Each year they would spend their summers on the Island and winters in Laughlin, Nevada.
Barbara was predeceased by her parents and brother, Fred Schoeneberg Jr. She was also predeceased by many Island Uncles and Aunts: Ralph Grant, Cecil Grant, Kenneth Grant, Mansfield Grant and Ruth (Grant) Duncan, all Island residents. She had many fond memories of her Grandparents Lyman and Achsalt (Perry) Grant. Barbara is survived by many cousins and 2nd cousins. Our memories of Barbara include her wonderful sense of humor, quick wit and love of sunny days.
A service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, June 11th at Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road in Oak Bluffs followed by burial in the New Westside Cemetery, Robinson Road in Edgartown at 11:30am with military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard.
As told by Ellen Lensing Kitzman:
One of the things I remembered happened a few years ago. We were visiting her in Laughlin. We took her to her doctor's appointment. The gal that was behind the counter had on one of those tops that had a cutout in the shoulder, so that part of each shoulder was exposed. As we are sitting there waiting she looked at the girl and said "I like your top, but it's too bad you couldn't afford the whole thing." Though Barb's memory was failing, her wit never did.
She was strong and independent. She liked to be by herself, probably because then she was in the best company. When we stayed too long on a visit, she would say, don't you have someplace to go?
As her memory worsened and she couldn't be by herself and it was difficult for her to understand that. Then she would get angry and say we have kidnapped her. I hope now that she is at rest she remembers everything, and knows that we cared for her.