A lifelong resident of New Jersey, she graduated Westwood High School and has been married nearly 49 years to Bob. She was a stay-at-home mom and has one son, one daughter, one grandson and one grand dog! She currently resides in Dumont and enjoys a game of dominoes with her friends. In 2008, her husband joined Verismo Opera as an extra. She volunteered to fix his costume and did such a good job she was invited to join as a seamstress. She continued to work with the costume department, serving as assistant costumer, wardrobe director and costume designer. She learned to sew from her mother doing everything from clothing to household items. “Now I have added costumes to my repertoire. I’ve learned a great deal from and love working with Catherine.” Barbara received Verismo Opera’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009 and 2012.