Barbara June Esengard 79, of Verona, NY passed away peacefully on July 19, 2012 at the Oneida Extended Care, where she had been a resident since June 4, 2012. Barbara was born Aug 21, 1932 in Camden, NY a daughter of Gerald and Gertrude Speary Skinner. She was a 1950 graduate of Camden High School and married Donald Esengard on Oct. 22, 1953.
As a young woman Barbara held clerk positions at A.V. Henry Department Store, Camden and National Auto in Oneida. She also worked as society editor for the Oneida Dispatch in the early 1960’s.
Barbara and her husband brought some of New York’s first Appaloosa horses to their farm on Poppleton Rd., where they raised and sold them for many years. Together, they founded a retail business- Esengard’s, the horsemen’s store in 1964. It was the largest of its kind in Central New York for many years. Barbara needed a suitable way to advertise this store, so she started another business- Horse Bits, all breed news bulletin- a monthly magazine for NY horse owners. She served as editor/publisher for 31 years.
Barbara was a charter member of Circle H Riders and the Empire Appaloosa Association. Late in life she discovered her artistic talent and spent many hours painting on slate. She also found joy in raising Dalmation puppies for several years. She was proud of her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them.
Surviving are her husband Donald; a daughter Christine and Roy Dust, Camden; a son, Karl and Brenda Esengard, Verona; granddaughters, Catherine Dust, Mohawk, Rebecca Sandejas, Sherrill, Ashley and Erica Esengard, Verona; great-grandchildren, Cassandra Dust, Gabriel and Elena Sandejas, Blake and Mason Butler, great great-grandson, Jacoby Harvey; a brother-in-law, Louis Esengard, Oneida; and several cousins. She was predeceased by an infant brother, Donald.
The family wishes to thank the 3rd floor staff at Oneida Extended Care for the care and compassion shown to Barbara during her time there. Gratitude also to her loving caregivers at home over the past two years, "her girls": Sherry, Holly, Cyndi, Kathy, Linda and Christy.
Memorial services will be held 7:00 p.m. Tuesday from LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY. Calling hours will be held from 5- 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home, 109 Main Street prior to services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., or the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of CNY.
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