Barbara Marie Bennett



Leesburg, Va.

Barbara Marie Bennett, 82, passed away on Feb. 15, 2022, at Poet’s Walk in Leesburg, Va. She was the widow of Richard Earl Bennett. They shared 44 years of marriage together. Born in Cardiff, Pa., she was the daughter of Mary (Rebarchick) and Stephen Cocho.

She proudly served in the U.S. Navy before being honorably discharged to raise her children. Barbara loved technology and worked for many years at Digital Equipment Corp. in their Human Resource Department. Splitting her time between Gouldsboro and Palm Harbor, Fla., she truly had the best of both worlds. She was an avid gardener, quilter and all-around crafter. She loved trying new recipes; it gave her great pleasure to share her culinary delights. Barbara loved socializing, dancing and having a good time with friends and family. She was such a positive person who was nice to everyone. She was fiercely independent, strong-willed and thrifty, never forgetting her humble beginnings.

She is survived by daughter Ellen Perka; son-in-law Mark Perka; daughter Joan O’Hare; son-in-law Fernando O’Hare; son Donald Bennett; grandson Kyle Perka and his wife, Courtney Perka; granddaughter Abigail Perka; granddaughter Alyssa Goodreau; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

A celebration of life will be held this summer in Maine followed by a private burial. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Friends of Acadia or Frenchman Bay Conservancy.


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