Barbara Jean (Donofrio) LackmanApril 12, 2020 ~ September 22, 1948 (age 71)
As a child living on a dairy farm in upstate New York, Barbara Jean (Donofrio) Lackman had little idea that she would spend the whole of her adult life in the desert Southwest. She was drawn to the abundant sunshine, warm temperatures, and Native American and Latino culture in Tucson, Arizona. Later in life she moved to Montrose, Colorado, a high desert town in the Uncompahgre River valley.
Barbara was a lifelong aficionada of baking, classic rock and roll, and all things Italian. Besides these interests, she was a devoted practitioner of yoga and pilates for most of her life. She had a warm spot in her heart for cats; over the years, several were lucky enough to adopt her as their human.
Barbara earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She moved from New York to Tucson and began teaching there. She met and married Bill Lackman in 1974. Eventually she left teaching and began working in the foundation office at Pima Community College. After moving to Montrose, she worked for the United States Forest Service until she retired.
Barbara died on April 12, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, following a long illness. Her survivors include her son, Erik Watson Lackman; sister Joan (Rich) Triolo; brother Louis (Jean) Donofrio; sisters-in-law Mary Gillaspy and Sherri (Tom) Cheatham; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and aunts. Her husband Bill preceded her in death in 2011.