Barbara Knef Gorman, 65, went home to be with her Lord, Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the CarePartners Solace Hospice Center, after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Barbara was born September 2, 1951, in Neptune, NJ, the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Petra Knef. She grew up in Brielle, New Jersey and was also a former resident of Ohio and Connecticut. She loved being close to the ocean and was always involved in sports, swimming, ice skating and girl scouts. She still remained close to many friends in New Jersey and Ohio. Barbara graduated from Perkins High School, Sandusky, OH, in 1969 and attended Ohio University for two years, graduating from Southern Connecticut State University with honors.
Barbara was a longtime member of Arden Presbyterian Church, serving from 1998 until 2006 as a library volunteer, then Librarian and the Pastoral Secretary from 2006 until 2015. Barbara was passionate about getting to know others, helping, caring, loving and reaching out. Her hobbies included gardening, interior decorating, exercise and reading.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 37 years, Tom Gorman; a brother, Peter (Joan) Knef; brother-in-law, Jim (Jackie) Gorman; step-daughter, Missy Martin; grandsons, Calvin, Colman and Clayton and a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday at Arden Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Arden Presbyterian Church Missions Fund, 2215 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC 28704.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.