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Bertine C Barnes

November 20, 1927 November 13, 2018
Bertine C Barnes
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Bertine C. Barnes, aged 90, died peacefully on November 13, 2018, at The Adler Center for Hospice Care in Aldie, Virginia. Toots was born on November 20, 1927, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Edward and Bertine Commiskey.

Toots lived a life, with zeal, like no one else. She flew biplanes at the age of 16, and was one of the first women to graduate from the University of Purdue School of Pharmacy. She started her career at her father’s drug store, Commiskey Drugs, in Greenwood, Indiana, and went on to have a successful career as a pharmacist for more than 50 years. In 1952, she married the love of her life, Jack L. Barnes, an officer in the U.S. Air Force. They traveled the globe, and raised seven children along the way.

Toots is survived by her husband, Jack; children, Kevin, Mark, Eileen, Karen, Adair, Claudia and David; daughters-in law, Maria Barnes and Natalie Barnes; sons-in-law Andy Cole, Andy Clark, Todd Solomon, and Bob Gangi; and grandchildren, Molly and Matthew Cole, Collin and Kamry Clark, Parker and Jack Solomon, and Jimmy and Cecilia Gangi.

Goodbye to the kindest, smartest, most loyal, exciting and daring woman we have ever known.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to pay tribute to Toots do so through a donation to The Adler Center for Hospice Care, 24419 Millstream Drive, Aldie, Virginia.

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Memorial Mass




11:30 AM 11/16/2018 11:30:00 AM
St. Mark Catholic Church

9970 Vale Road
Vienna, VA 22180

St. Mark Catholic Church
9970 Vale Road Vienna 22180 VA
United States

Cemetery Details


Arlington National Cemetery at a later date Final Resting Place

1 Memorial Drive
Arlington , VA 22211

1 Memorial Drive Arlington 22211 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Adler Capital Care Center

24419 Millstream Dr.
Aldie, Virginia 20105

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