Barbara Katherine Vanaskey

April 6, 1951 - February 16, 2019

          Barbara Katherine Vanaskey, age 67, of New Castle, DE passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

          Born in Drexel Hill, PA on April 6, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin K. and Evelyn (Pace) Richards. Barbara graduated from Claymont High School and dedicated her life to her family as a loving and talented homemaker.

          A true animal lover, she was an advocate of Delaware Humane Society and Faithful Friends Animal Society. Barbara enjoyed online shopping and gaming. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and dog, Nikki.

          In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lewis Vanaskey, Sr.; and brothers, Carl Richards, Sr. (the late Alice) and Benjamin Richards, Jr. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Traci L. Smith (Glenn); sons, Robert L. Vanaskey, Jr. and Benjamin G. Vanaskey (Jennifer); sisters, Dorothy Achuff (Jimmy) and Grace Lank (Thomas); grandchildren, Benjamin Smith and Mackenzie and Grace Marvel; great grandchild, Giovazzi Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 7 pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE 19720, where a funeral service will begin at 7 pm. A committal service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, in the chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Barbara’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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21 Condolences for Barbara Katherine Vanaskey

  • Love you cuz may you forever rest in peace give Mom And Pop hugs from me . Will miss all our talks ❤️

  • Winnie and I would like to send our condolences to the family and friends we will miss her

  • Dearest Traci Smith , My heart weeps for you on the passing of your mother . My heart felt sympathy goes out to your family as you lay your love one to rest. I will keep you all in my prayers. God Bless

  • My heart and prayers go out to the family it is a sad say for all of us she was a very loving woman and caring she will be missed but never forgotten we love u aunt Barbara

  • My prayers for your family
    She was a warm loving lady
    I will greatly miss her

  • I thought of you with love today
    but that is nothing new
    I thought about you yesterday
    and days before that too,
    I think of you in silence
    I often speak your name
    All I have are memories
    and your picture in a frame.
    Your memory is my keepsake
    with which I’ll never part
    God has you in His keeping
    I have you in my heart

    I love you aunt barb and I will never forget your beautiful smile and all the memories we had together your in a better place and we all have you in our hearts forever ❤️❤️❤️

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family she was a great friend and neighbor. We will truly deeply miss her.

  • Rest In Peace Dear Friend

  • Barbara you be never forgotten you always be in my heart may God give you the peace you need you and Bob be finally together again you both have made a difference in my life rest in peace till one day we all be reunited again.

  • Rest in peace. Very sorry to hear of you passing. Go and be with Bob.

  • Rip aunt barb.. My heart breaks for your children,grandchildren, your sisters,my mom misses u so much already, my dad who loves u as his sister,and his get away to drink coffee and talk to when he needed to,u are back with uncle bob i know your so happy and all ur worries and hurts are u always

  • r.i.p my friend . I’m gonna miss our phone calls every day, you was a true blessing and I want ever forget our friendship. Praying for all the family and may god give you the peace an strength , to help you threw this time of sorrow.

  • Barb you will always be i our hearts until we meet again

  • Traci, Ben, Bob and families: Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your mother Barbara. She was a lovely woman and know she will be missed deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time in your life. Rest in peace dear sister-in-law!

  • Rest in peace my friend you are with robert once again.

  • So sorry to hear that Barbara has passed away. She is with her husband now, she always talked about him whenever I visited. I will miss visiting with her and Nikki.

  • Beautiful soul Rest In Peace dear Barb

  • This is a beautiful album of auntie Barbs life. She was a wonderful person, mother, sister, daughter and wife. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. May she rest in peace and watch over us. Love you Very much Miss you very much. XOXOXOXO kiss kiss

  • A poem for my Aunt Barbie:

    As We Look Back
    As we look back over time
    We find ourselves wondering …..
    Did we remember to thank you enough
    For all you have done for us?
    For all the times you were by our sides
    To help and support us …..
    To celebrate our successes
    To understand our problems
    And accept our defeats?
    Or for teaching us by your example,
    The value of hard work, good judgment,
    Courage and integrity?
    We wonder if we ever thanked you
    For the sacrifices you made.
    To let us have the very best?
    And for the simple things
    Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
    If we have forgotten to show our
    Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
    We’re thanking you now.
    And we are hoping you knew all along,
    How much you meant to us.

  • We will miss you very much my sister. May you rest in peace. Im gonna miss going on our shopping sprees. We very had a great life together. Until we meet again. i will never forget you. love you xoxoxo love your lil’ sister Grace and Tom

  • Barbara you will be missed in my eyes too you were a great sister in law to my brother Jimmy rip glad your not suffering now give all my love to our family that’s with you and I know your with the love of your life enjoy and be happy love Janet miss last night see you tommarow