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Barbara S. Ransom-Kuczmarski

Barbara S. Ransom-Kuczmarski, age 87, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 28, 2021, with family by her side.

Barbara grew up in Ackmen, Colorado and Hemet, California. Shortly after graduating from Hemet High School, she worked as a secretary for the FBI. She met her first husband, Donald L. Ransom, Jr., in Washington, DC. They were married in New Castle and had three children, Teri, Kim and Don. Barbara was a devoted and loving spouse and mother and devoted many years to her family. She worked for twenty years as New Castle County Crossing Guard and was instrumental in having the County establish a pension for its Crossing Guards.

After her first marriage, Barbara met her second husband, Joseph “Cookie” Kuczmarski. Barbara and Joe spent many happy years together and especially enjoyed their winters in Ft. Myers, Florida.  

Barbara was predeceased by her father, Tom Boyd; mother, Julia Jensen; first husband, Don; second husband, Joe; and step-son, Eugene Kuczmarski. She is survived by her sister, Nancy Jones; children, Teri A. Ransom, Kimberly R. Horne (Tom), Donald M. Ransom (Dolores); favorite adopted daughter, Terry Thornton (John); grandchildren, Melanie, Claire, Jeffrey, Ryan, William (Kellie), Celéa, Jonathan; as well as many step and “adopted” children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 10:30 am on Friday, December 10, 2021, at New Castle Presbyterian Church, 25 E. Second Street, New Castle, DE, where a celebration of Barbara’s life will begin at 10:30 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance regardless of vaccination status.  Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to New Castle Presbyterian Church at the address listed above or online by clicking here, or Brandywine Valley SPCA, 600 South Street, New Castle, DE 19720 or online by clicking here.

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4 Condolences for Barbara S. Ransom-Kuczmarski

  • Kim, I have many fond memories of Aunt Barbara. It was a blessing when she came into my Uncle Joe’s life. I spent time with them at the Hideaway in Ft. Myers when I was visiting my parents. We had a lot of laughes playing cards, going out to dinner and sunning by the pool. Aunt Barbara was so warm and vibrant. She was a giving person. Her smile would light up the room. I’m glad for the time I spent with her. I’m so sorry for your loss. Karen

  • Kim I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was my crossing guard at William Penn .

  • Kim,

    We are thinking of you and your family through this tough time. I know how much you cared for your Mom and how you enjoyed spending time with her.

    Sending our thoughts and prayers.

    John and Kate

  • Kim and family,
    My family and I send our sincere condolences for the loss of your mom. Barbara was a well known and respected person in the New Castle community. She touched a lot of lives in a wonderful and positive way. She always had a smile on her face and shared a dear friendship with our mother and our family. May God bless her and your family.
    The Brittingham Family