Barbara Cassata

September 13, 1938 - September 9, 2019
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Barbara Cassata, age 80, of Venice, FL, passed away on September 9, 2019.  She was born in Rochester, NY on September 13, 1938 to William and Pauline Merk.  Barbara lived a rich and rewarding life both in Branchport, NY and Venice, FL.  She retired as town clerk of Parma before her move to Florida.

For those who were fortunate enough to have their lives touched by her would say that she was a kind and sensitive person.  If there were a song that epitomized her beliefs it would be “Bless the Beasts and the Children “ because she cared deeply for them all.

She spent her time on earth being a loving mother and “nana” to many grandchildren.  They adored her as well.  She found pleasure and comfort in the pets we have had as well as the wildlife on our beloved homestead in Branchport.  Amongst her favorite things were reading, painting with watercolors and feeding her hummingbirds.

She always had a wish that I hope has come true for her, to pass away to “Rainbow Bridge” where she would be reunited with our critters waiting for her to lead them into heaven.

Surviving family members include her husband, James; sons Brett DeHollander and Douglas DeHollander; daughter Melanie Spade; step son James Cassata (Margaret); step daughter Kristine Cassata Hoskins; sister Linda Merk (Marty Tober); brother James Merk (Caroline McCann); 20 loving grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

God bless her and keep her close.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Those wishing to make donations may do so in her name to the Cancer Research Institute.

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Born: September 13, 1938
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Suzanne Robinson posted on 9/20/19

Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. she was a beautiful person and you can tell that from her smile. prayers during this difficult time Suzanne (Ex wife of Chris Gregoris)


Susan Gasiorski posted on 9/17/19

Always such a lady, Barbara brought her sense of humor and made occasions fun. We truly admired her resilience and will continue to enjoy sharing great memories about her. Susan and Pete


Ramon and Liz Aldis posted on 9/17/19

We were so lucky to have known Barbara, if only for a few years, but so sad to learn of her passing. She was such a dear,sweet and kind friend. Jim our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time.


Helene H Clyburn posted on 9/15/19

Barbara was my cousin and there are many memories I have of her and the family. She was always sweet and considerate and when, her sister and other cousins, thought up some great trick to play, Barbara was always cautious!! She did contribute to some of those!!! Jim, I have never met you, but send to you my deepest sympathy along with the entire family. Barbara is peaceful and with those she also loved who have gone before her. Words can never be enough, but prayers and love are coming your way.


Janet Aldis posted on 9/14/19

I will miss you my dear friend Barbara.


cindy chandler posted on 9/13/19

Uncle Jim, Aunt Barbara demonstrated how to live graciously, kindly and compassionately. Her love of life and her resilience is inspiring. So glad to have had her in our lives and I enjoyed our times together. I loved seeing how much you two loved and cared for each other, such a great role model. We will miss her. Love you, Cindy


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Katherine and James Phelan posted on 9/12/19

Barbara, We were so fortunate to know your kind spirit. You put up a good fight and we hope that you are finally at peace in heaven. With deepest sympathy to your family. Kay and Jimmy Phelan


Kim (Forberg) Newkirk posted on 9/12/19

So sorry to hear of Barb's passing. Many great memories while I was growing up of 'the girls': Barb, my mom Anne, Linda and Joanne. My deepest condolences to Jim and all the family. Barb was a special lady.


David Burger posted on 9/12/19

Barbara We are all so lucky to meet you in Florida and to be friend. Your are a very special person, I will always keep you in my prayers Dave Burger


Graham & Dianne Dunn posted on 9/12/19

We were lucky to know Barbara and honoured to call her a friend. We will miss her company, her kindness and her wicked sense of humour. The world is a greyer place without her brightness. Graham and Dianne.


John DAgostino posted on 9/12/19

Jm and family Pat and I are so sorry for your loss! Barb was a lovely woman and a great friend! Her smile always brightened up the room at CSCC when we all used to get together. Be strong everyone. She would want that. John and Pat DAgostino


Peggy Beers posted on 9/11/19

So very sorry for your loss Jim. Barb was a great person and I am very glad I go know and spend time with her. My thoughts and sincerest sympathies are with you and your family at this very sad time. Peg


Alan Harrison posted on 9/11/19

A life well lived always seems to end too soon. Barb coaxed all she could from this life, with the finest qualities. Kindness, love and superhuman strength. She will be missed by all that knew her. God bless her and her family.


Brandon Wheeler posted on 9/10/19

We’ll miss you