EDMESTON – Barbara Ann Bessenbacher Emhof, 71, who was raised in Edmeston and worked for NYCM Insurance, passed away on Aug. 23, 2019, in Anderson, S.C., where she lived in recent years.
Barb was born on Oct. 29, 1947, in Great Neck, Long Island, the daughter of Joseph A. and Mildred (Mapes) Bessenbacher. Her childhood was spent in Edmeston. She was a graduate of Edmeston Central School and Forest Junior College.
On May 16, 1970, Barb married Robert Ernest Emhof (high school sweethearts, they had known each other since 1955) at McKnownville United Methodist Church, Albany.
Barb worked at New York Central Mutual Insurance, then for many years in Binghamton General Hospital’s billing department. After she and her family moved to Anderson, she worked for 15 years with Res-Care Home Health as a CNA doing home care.
She was a life member of the United Methodist church, always singing in the church choir.
Barb is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob Emhof), children, Amy Lyn Lane (James) of Anderson, S.C., and Pamela Jo McAlister (Craig) of Mauldin, S.C.; as well as grandchildren Matthew McAlister and Emily McAlister. Also, a brother, Bud Bessenbacher, a sister, Jo Ann Koenig, several nieces and nephews and great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Latimer Memorial United Methodist Church, Belton, S.C. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. before the memorial service. Interment will be at a different time and location, set by the family.
Memorial donations may be made to Latimer Memorial United Methodist Church, Belton, S.C., the Edmeston EMS, or the Charity of your choice.