Barbara S. Cirami
Barbara S. Cirami, 72, a resident of East Hampton, NY and a winter resident of North Fort Myers, FL, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in North Fort Myers. She was born June 16, 1946 in Staten Island, NY to Dominick and Susie Cirami, now deceased.
Barbara graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Wagner College, Staten Island, NY in 1968. While at Wagner she was vice president of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and member of Psi Chi, the national honorary society in psychology. She received the Psychology Club Award and the Wagner Senior Key.
After graduation, Barbara was employed by Bell Labs, N.J. for a short period, but spent the rest of her career, 30 years, working for IBM in Westchester, NY, beginning around 1970. While at IBM, she worked in various capacities including programmer, manager, and marketing analyst for the IBM PC company. One of Barbara’s proudest accomplishments at IBM was being on the HR task force that helped develop benefits for gay and lesbian employees and their domestic partners. Barbara’s political activism began with her co-founding the Westchester NOW Task Force for Lesbian and Bi-sexual Women in 1976, which is where she met her life partner and wife, Ann.
Barbara retired and moved from Mt. Kisco, NY to East Hampton, NY, where she enjoyed golfing, bowling, and kayaking. She also fostered feral kittens with her wife Ann for the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) of East Hampton as well as participating in their canine rescue walking program. Zoey, Barbara’s puppy mill rescued Yorkie, was adopted from ARF. She also rescued several birds for the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays, NY.
Barbara’s family and friends will remember her as a sweet soul, warm, easy going, even tempered, and a good friend. She was someone who loved the simple things life had to offer.
She is survived by her beloved wife of 37 years, Ann M. Viviano of East Hampton, NY; sister, Kim Cirami of Palm Harbor, FL and brother, John Cirami (Pam) of White, GA; niece, Susan and nephew, John Michael; as well as her Yorkie, Zoey.
Memorial Services will be held in NY at a later date. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com
Memorial Contributions in memory of Barbara S. Cirami are suggested to the Animal Rescue Fund of East Hampton or a charity of choice.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.