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Barbara W. Horwitz, of Clarks Summit, died peacefully early Monday morning at home after a long illness. She was the widow of Arthur Horwitz, who died October 11, 2010. The couple had been married over 66 years.
Born in Chicago in 1924, she was raised in New York City by her father, William H. Weintraub, an advertising executive and Esquire Magazine's first publisher, and her stepmother, Anne. Barbara inherited her father's passion for the arts, endless curiosity about the world, and fierce intelligence. In 1944, she married Arthur Horwitz, and they came to Scranton in 1949 when he became President of Samters clothing store. After retiring, they moved to Sarasota, Florida, before returning to Pennsylvania in 2004 to be closer to family. Barbara cared deeply about social issues, education and her community; she was a dedicated volunteer on behalf of organizations including the Red Cross, United Jewish Appeal and Planned Parenthood. One of the founders of Glen Oak Country Club, she was a lifelong athlete often its women's golf champion.
Barbara was a true force, legendary for her strongly held opinions, warmth and generosity, energetic presence and loyalty. She was most passionate about her family, inspiring them and others around her.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Louis Adamo and the many wonderful caregivers. She adored and was adored by her daughters. "Bar" was dearly loved, and will be vividly remembered and greatly missed.
Surviving are four daughters, Anne Millett and husband, James, Dalton; Linda Hansen and husband, William, Austin, Texas; Judith John and husband Michael, Toronto, Canada; and Jill Horwitz, Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Peter Millett and wife, Sarah; Molly Johnson and husband, Eric; Megan McAllister and husband, Mark; Adam Levy; Jay Levy and wife, Sandra; Riannon John; Jessica John and husband, Lan; thirteen great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law, James Horwitz; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother, William Weintraub Jr.; and her beloved grandson, Andrew Luke Millett.
A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, May 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Waverly Country Club, 903 N. Abington Road, Waverly.
Memorial donations can be made to the Andrew Luke Millett Fund at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34 St. and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia 19104; or the charity of your choice.
For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website. Arrangements are entrusted to Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc., 111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
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