Barbara Jennings Bevilacqua, 75


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Mrs. Barbara Jennings Bevilacqua, 75, died on May 25, 2022 at her home in Verona. Visiting will be held in the Prout Funeral Home (370 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona) on Tuesday, May 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be offered in Our Lady of the Lake Church (32 Lakeside Avenue, Verona) on Wednesday, June 1 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Born in Montclair, Barbara was a lifelong resident of Verona. She attended Our Lady of the Lake School and graduated from Verona High School with the Class of 1965.

She graduated from the Wilfred School of Beauty and started a career of over 30 years as a beautician and hairdresser for the Essex County Hospital Center (Overbrook) in Cedar Grove, retiring in 2002 as the department head. She has also been the hairdresser for the Prout Funeral Home since 1972. Barbara enjoyed the love of animals and after retiring enjoyed being a well-respected dog walker.

Barbara was predeceased by her loving husband, Richard Bevilacqua, her parents, Paul H. and Julia (nee Ryder) Jennings and her brother, Paul J. Jennings.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Helen (nee Pennacchio) Jennings; niece Linda Ehrhardt (Arthur) and nephews Richard Jennings and Ken Jennings (Monica); and grandnieces and grandnephews Daniel and William Jennings, AJ, Jonathan, Robert and Rocco Ehrhardt and Erika and Emily Jennings. She is also survived by Richard’s children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch, PAWS Montclair or Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter would be appreciated.

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