In Memory of Barbara Bennett

Mrs. Barbara Bennett

Mrs. Barbara Bennett

Mrs. Barbara Bennett was a dear friend to Betty Ersalesi. In fact, when The Betty Ersalesi Scholarship first began, Barbara was on the committee to select the winners. She served on that committee of The Betty and Buddy Ersalesi Scholarship until her recent passing. The Bennett Family and The Ersalesi families have been friends for over 30 years. Keri Bennett (Romano) and Bradley Ersalesi became friends in Nursery School when Barbara and Betty ran the Rutherford Recreation PreSchool together. We know that Betty and Barbara are out there somewhere at a diner, eating cannoli, drinking tea, and laughing a lot!

After Barbara’s passing, we were honored to present an award in her honor. Since that time, Barbara’s family has partnered with BCB Bank in Rutherford to create the “Barbara Bennett Memorial Fund.”

The fund will help all citizens of Rutherford by supporting the rejuvenation of parks and community areas/projects/citizens throughout the town.

To support, please mail your donation to:

Barbara Bennett Memorial Fund

BCB Bank

190 Park Ave

Rutherford, NJ 07070


CLASS OF 2019 - The BARBARA BENNETT AWARD

Jack Whaley

Barbara Bennett’s colleagues in the Rutherford Recreation Department. From left to right: Maureen Bigley, Janice Guzman, Jack Whaley, Erin Petrosino

Barbara Bennett’s colleagues in the Rutherford Recreation Department. From left to right: Maureen Bigley, Janice Guzman, Jack Whaley, Erin Petrosino

 
 

Mrs. Barbara Bennett

Barbara Bennett, 60, of Rutherford passed away Sunday, May 26th, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born in Bronx, NY to Clifford and Barbara Moore.

Barbara was a resident of Rutherford for 55 years and she was known and loved by everyone in the community.

When Barbara was a young girl she worked for Burger King, Royal Dalton in Carlstadt and was a pre-school teacher in Rutherford. She began her career in Boiling Springs Bank and later was employed by the Borough of Rutherford as the Director of Recreation for 25 years. She was the PTA President for Washington & Union School, a volunteer and coach for Recreation sports for all 3 seasons, a volunteer for the Multi-Cultural committee and an EMT Volunteer. Barbara was a member of the Elks Lodge in Rutherford & received the “Volunteer award of the Year”, a member of the Garden Club & she was on the Green team. She was a runner up for “Miss Rutherford” but was always thought of as “Miss Rutherford” for her unselfish, never ending devotion and love for the Community of Rutherford. Her family affectionately referred to her as Madre and Aunt Barbie.

She leaves a huge hole in everyone’s heart and will be deeply missed by her family, as well as her community of many friends.

Barbara is survived her loving husband James (of 40 years), her beloved children, James Bennett & wife Stefanie, Keri Romano & husband Robert, Ryan Bennett, grandchildren, James Bennett, Jaxon Bennett, Molly Romano and Karly Romano, siblings Clifford Moore III & wife Mitzy, Dennis Moore & fiance’ Dena Pinkman, Michael Moore & wife Maria, Nicholas Moore and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by the late Jean Marie.