“beloved wife, mom, and Mimom”
COUDERSPORT, Pa.—In loving memory of Barbara J. (McCloud) Neefe, who was born in Port Allegany on June 24, 1950, to Carl D. and Sarah E. Houpt McCloud. She was a remarkable soul who graced this world until to her final moments on October 18, 2023. Barb’s life was a beautiful tapestry of love, laughter, and the joy she spread among those lucky enough to know her.
On December 26,1970, she married the hunk next door, Richard C. Neefe III, her devoted husband of nearly 53 years. She was a lifelong Coudersport resident, where she raised her family and ran her business.
Barb was a devoted mother to her three children, Amber, Kristin, and Richard. Her love for them knew no bounds, and she took immense pride in watching them grow and succeed. She was not just a mother; she was their biggest cheerleader, confidante, and a source of unwavering support. Some of her favorite Mimom moments were picking up seashells, “butts in the air”, with Carson and Madison along the beach.
For over 30 years, Barb was the proud owner of a beloved beauty shoppe, where she touched the lives of countless clients, not just with her scissors, but with her kindness and compassion.
She had a talent for making people feel beautiful both inside and out. Barb’s talents extended beyond the salon. She was a culinary magician, constantly experimenting with new recipes and delighting her family and friends with her delicious creations. Her home was a place of warmth and love, where she generously shared her culinary artistry.
For over 20 years, she was the ultimate public relations guru for her daughter’s restaurant, Sweden Valley Inn, showcasing her dedication to her family and her knack for promoting the things she loved. Barb was an extraordinary baker, and her desserts were legendary. The way she mixed, measured, and poured love into everything was truly remarkable.
Her volunteer time was so important to her, and she dedicated countless hours to Volunteers Who Care, the Look Good…Feel Better Program, and Relay for Life to name a few.
Barb had an infectious sense of humor and a love for jokes that could light up a room. She found joy in hearing and telling a good joke, bringing laughter wherever she went. Her smile was a reflection of her joyful spirit.
Above all, Barb was a beacon of love and kindness. She had a heart as vast as the ocean and held no malice within. Her capacity for love was boundless, and she embraced everyone she met with open arms.
In her passing, we remember Barb not with sorrow, but with a celebration of a life well-lived. She left an indelible mark on our hearts, and her legacy of love and laughter will continue to brighten our lives. People might forget what you say, but they never forget how you make them feel. Barb made everyone feel like they mattered.
Rest in peace, dear Barbie, and may your memory be a reminder to all of us to live life with the same love, compassion, and joy you so generously shared with the world.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of almost 53 years; three children, Amber Lynn (Charles) Fowler of Coudersport, Kristin Marie (Dean Meyer) Neefe of Watrous, and Richard Charles IV (Matthew Niles) Neefe of Coudersport; two grandchildren, Carson (Shayleen) Tucker and Madison Kottwitz; and a brother, William (Leila) McCloud of Arizona.
Family and Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Barb’s Life from 1pm to 4 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at the Coudersport Golf Club, 839 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Barb’s name may be made to Volunteers Who Care, PO Box 750, Coudersport PA 16915
Barb entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Barb, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.