Barbara “Gop” Frethey Williams (90) entered eternal rest peacefully with her daughter by her side on Sunday (April 15, 2018) succumbing to her battle with Dementia at Clifton Springs Nursing Home.
There will be no callings hours or funeral service per Barbara’s request. Graveside service will be held at Resthaven Cemetery in Phelps, N.Y. at a date and time TBA.
In memory of Barbara, please consider donations to the Humane Society of Wayne County, 1475 County House Road, Lyons, NY 14489.
Her family would like to thank all the staff on the 3300 unit at the Clifton Springs Hospital for their endless compassion, kindness and love they gave to her.
She was born in Clifton Springs, N.Y. on Thursday, May 26, 1927 to the late Lawrence Jay and Helen (Tyler) Frethey. She graduated from Onondaga Valley Academy in Syracuse, NY and worked at the Traffic Violations Bureau. She married Tanch (Mickey) Williams on September 6, 1947 and moved to North Tonawanda, Buffalo NY where they spent most of their free time on their cabin cruiser with their daughters Christie Sue, Cindy Lou and their boxer Roxy. They later moved to make their home in Newark, N.Y. to be closer to family.
Barbara worked at the Newark Developmental Center until her retirement as an Educational Trainer. She was a Charter member of the Newark Top of the Hill Retirees Club, member of the Rochester Area Retirees, CSEA Local 219. Member of the Senior Companions Advisory Committee, worked on the Newark DDSO Red Cross Blood Drive each year and the annual Friendship Fair. She volunteered at DeMay Living Center, Wayne County Multiple Scleroses and Finger Lakes DDSO. Her passion was for all animals big or small, she volunteered at the Wayne County Humane Society giving animals her love and her time. Barbara and her friend each year would set up a booth at local stores collecting donations for the Paws for a Cause and donating her time for the annual Mutt Strut. She provided a loving home for countless rescued and strayed dogs and cats to include her last loves, Rudie, Katie and Joey.
Proceeded by her husband Tanch (Mickey) Williams (2008) and the loss of her first daughter, Christie Sue Williams (2017).
Barbara is survived by her daughter Cindy DePauw and her greatest love, her grandson Justin DePauw where her famed name “Gop” came from.
Her family (near or far) includes Flora Frethey, Ilva and John Boeckmann, Chester and Florene Sanford, John and Carol Snyder, Frank and Joan Parlato, John and Dawn Boeckmann, Kathy (Steve Bremer) Sanford, Sue and Eric Marcano, April and Paul Switzer and numerous close nieces and nephews.