Sandra L. (Nuhfer) Barnish

Born: Thu., Nov. 26, 1942
Died: Sat., Jul. 26, 2014


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Location: Frame Funeral Home

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Location: Frame Funeral Home

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Sandra Barnish      loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother
Smethport-  Sandra L. Barnish, 71, formerly of Eldred, passed away Saturday (July 26th, 2014) at the VA Western New York Healthcare System.
Born November 26th, 1942 in Bradford, PA she was the daughter of the late Roy and Katheryn Beightol Nuhfer.  On Febuary 27th, 1963 she married Al Barnish Jr. who survives.
Mrs. Barnish was a 1960 graduate of Otto–Eldred High School and served with the U.S. Navy from January 1960 to January 1963.  She had been employed at the Olean General Hospital as a nurse assistant from 1981 to 2005, and later as a cashier at Wal-Mart from 2004 until her retirement in 2005.
When living in Eldred she was a member of the Eldred United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed filing and organizing and going to yard sales.  
Surviving in addition to her husband, and her stepmother, Jeanne Nuhfer of Mansfield, OH; are 1 son,  Tony (Billie) Barnish of Smethport, 2 daughters, Shirley (JoLynne Leet) Wolf of Smethport, and Donna (Matt) Morris of Smethport, PA;  13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Robert (Margaret) Nuhfer of Virginia, Frank (Cheryl) Nuhfer of Maryland, and Ronald (Linda) Nuhfer of Bradford; 3 sisters, Patricia (Bob) Pratt of Eldred, Carol (Chuck Flagg) Jordan of Olean  and Katheryn (John) Wojtanik of Olean.
She was preceded in death by a son, Al Barnish III in 1993; a granddaughter, Savannah Barnish in 1987 and a sister, Darlene Nuhfer in 2005.
Friends may call Wednesday (July 30th, 2014) at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred from 2 to 4 pm, at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Jay Tennies officiating. Burial will be in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.
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Ted Foster
   Posted Mon July 28, 2014
Thoughts and prayers are with the entire Barnish clan.

Debra Bish
   Posted Mon July 28, 2014
Always smiling, always doing everything she could to make others happy; industrious; generous, kind, considerate, loving...these are words that inadequately describe Sandy Barnish. Forever young now, and fully healthy and complete in Heaven with Jesus Christ, her and our Saviour, celebrating the joy of her salvation infinitely! She will be missed here on earth for a short time, it will seem like such a long time to us but a blink of an eye to her. And when we meet again, I can imagine her laughter, her smile, her hugs, and as if we were only gone a moment, she might say, "Oh! There you are!" I remember her with joy & love, always, because that is what she was and is.

Jenny Pistner
   Posted Mon July 28, 2014
I am so sorry for you loss, I will always remember that beautiful smile, Sandy was a wonderful coworker and friend.

Jennifer Riley and Family
   Posted Mon July 28, 2014
I will miss your smile, your positive attitude and your bubbliness (if thats a word). I had the unique pleasure of being your niece and working with you and my mom (Kathy) at the olean general for a short time. You lit up the place and made it nice to goto work there. You will be missed by so many because you made such a difference in everyones lives. I love you Aunt Sandy.

   Posted Mon July 28, 2014
Thank you in advance to everyone that has written or will write in here...We all appreciate your thoughts and prayers in our time of grieving...Just knowing that Mom is in peace and up there in the Lord's arms helps us get thru the trying times...Love you all! !

   Posted Mon July 28, 2014

James Halloran
   Posted Wed July 30, 2014
To Al and family, expressing deepest sympathy and hoping you will find comfort in knowing others care and are near in thought today.

God Bless!

Stacy Greene
   Posted Wed July 30, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with the family today, I'm sure Sandy is looking down with pride from Heaven today at her family.

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