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Obituary:  Barbara Yodice Whitehouse Passes Away

Barbara Yodice Whitehouse, was born July 7, 1927 in Brooklyn N.Y. and passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Southbury, CT, at Danbury Hospital at the age of 85 years.   She died peacefully surrounded by family.

Primarily a breaststroke swimmer, Barbara won Metropolitan and US National Titles as a member of the famous Women’s Swimming Association of New York in the 1940’s – the war years - when there was little opportunity for international competition. She was taught to swim by Hall of Fame great Gertrude Ederle and swam under Hall of Fame coach Lou de B. Handley.  A long-time supporter and member of ISHOF, Barbara was instrumental in creating ISHOF’s exhibit honoring the achievements and accomplishments of the WSA – a club largely responsible for the growth of women’s swimming in the USA and around the world.

A loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she is survived by her devoted husband Arthur Whitehouse and four children, Barbara Wynne, of Red Lodge, Montana; Michael Whitehouse and his wife Kim Hanna, of Redding, CT;
Maureen Whitehouse and Fritz Mueller of Cambridge MA; and Patricia Whitehouse and her husband John Zabarsky of Southbury, CT; nine grandchildren, Douglas and Danny Wynne; Lucy Whitehouse; Merete and Maeve Mueller; Hannah, Nathan, Carrie and Bobby Zabarsky; and three great grandchildren, River; Kyra and Paige Wynne.

Friends and family will be received at The Daily Chapel of Sacred Heart Church, 910 South Main Street, Southbury, CT on Friday, August 24 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. and burial will take place at the Pine Hill Cemetery, Southbury, CT immediately following mass.

Barbara’s family has requested that Memorial Contributions be made to the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in here name.

ISHOF, One Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FLA, 33316 http://www.ishof.org

 

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