KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Barbara S. Kestenbaum passed away Aug. 29. She was the wife of the late Joseph Kestenbaum, the love of her life. She was born in Petersburg, Virginia, daughter of the late Max and Anna (Kaplan) Shapiro and sister of the late Murray Shapiro. She was a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Barbara called New Bedford, Massachusetts her home for most of her life. For the last six years she resided in Kalamazoo. She was a longtime educator in the New Bedford school system. Barbara received the Educator Hero Award for her longtime contribution to helping children. Barbara continued her work with children as she tutored and volunteered in schools long after her retirement.
Her family was her greatest joy especially her four grandchildren. She was a past member of the Tifereth Israel Congregation and its Sisterhood. She was an avid fan of the Boston Celtics, traveling to many away games. Barbara was an active bridge player and loved boasting about winning Bingo.
She is survived by her daughter Sue Goldenberg and her husband, David, of Kalamazoo; son Bruce Kestenbaum and his wife Robin of Juno Beach, Florida; and grandchildren Matthew, Andrew, Jamie Kestenbaum, and Alexandra Goldenberg
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center of Boston or the Schwartz Center for Children of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.