Barbara Valcarenghi, 72, Bel Air homemaker

January 27, 2003

Barbara M. Valcarenghi, a longtime Bel Air homemaker, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 20 at her retirement home at Hobe Sound, Fla. She was 72.

Born and raised in Richmond, Va., she worked for the local telephone company after high school. She moved to Baltimore after her marriage in 1957 to Louis N. Valcarenghi, who survives her.

In 1967, the couple moved to Bel Air, where they lived and raised four children until retiring to Florida in 1986.

Mrs. Valcarenghi loved lighthouses, said her son David Valcarenghi of Bel Air.

"She had a huge, huge collection" of lighthouse models of all sizes, and often visited lighthouses, the son said. She also liked puzzles.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave., Bel Air.

In addition to her husband and son, survivors include another son, William Valcarenghi, and two daughters, Lisa Lewis and Terry Hicks, all of Bel Air; three sisters, Gussie Perry of Richmond, Va., and Adele Perkins and Maxine Bauman, both of Middle River; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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