Barbara Henderson Vasko, formerly of Sedgefield in Greensboro, passed away peacefully in Fort Collins, Colorado on Friday, June 22, aged 75. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, Anthony 'Tony' Vasko, Ft. Collins, daughter Karen Bowes Vasko, Ft. Collins, son Stephen Vasko, Rye, New York, son- in-law James Bowes, daughter-in-law Kirsten Vasko, and granddaughters Anya Bowes Vasko and Mila and Natasha Vasko. Barbara was the daughter of John Henderson and Ella Adams Henderson formerly of Flushing, New York, and survived by her sisters Blanche Henderson Betts of Dover, Delaware and Doris Henderson of High Point, North Carolina.
Barbara was born and grew up in Flushing, Queens and graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She lived on Long Island for nearly 20 years, serving as a volunteer on the Rescue Squad of the Eaton's Neck Fire Department. A caring and selfless mother and grandmother, she loved to travel the world and ski with her family. Barbara was passionate about her work, and dedicated over 50 years to obstetrical nursing. While her skill and devotion benefited many in her 35+ years of hospital work, her family is proudest of her 15 years of public health nursing. As a Maternal Healthcare Coordinator for Guilford County, North Carolina, she tirelessly insured that many thousands of women would have healthy babies. From home visits covering the 645 square miles of the county, she unconditionally gave of her herself to women and families of all backgrounds. Barbara loved being a part of the 'Baby Love' program, and frequently went beyond her expected duties, ensuring that lights stayed on, and that healthy food, baby supplies and caring support were available to the most vulnerable in the community.
The Vasko family would like to give its gratitude to the wonderful people who helped them in their care of Barbara: Caregiver Veronica, and the staffs of Elderhaus, Pathways Hospice and Columbine West.
Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m., Friday June 29 at St. Joseph's, 101 North Howes Street, Fort Collins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the
, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.
Please visit www.allnutt.com to view Barbara's online obituary, sign the family guest book and send your condolences.