Barbara Martha Kohn, lovingly known as Barb or Beanie, departed from this world on June 17, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, and dedication. Born on October 28, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Barb lived a fulfilling life surrounded by her beloved family and cherished friends. Her passing is mourned by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Barb’s life was defined by her unwavering commitment to her family. For over 50 years, she was the devoted wife of Jack Kohn, sharing a bond that stood the test of time. Together, they built a life and a home, raising their four children with love and care. Barb’s children, Debbie (Anthony) Valentine, Barb (Dave) Hughes, Niki Kohn, and Jack (Gina) Kohn, were blessed to have her as their mother. She showered them with affection, guidance, and support, leaving an indelible mark on their lives.
In addition to being a dedicated mother, Barb was an integral part of her husband’s custom kitchen business for over four decades. Her unwavering assistance and commitment helped the business thrive, and she was an indispensable partner to Jack throughout their professional journey.
Barb’s compassion extended beyond her immediate family. For many years, she drove a school bus, nurturing and ensuring the safety of countless children. Her warm smile and caring nature brightened the days of those she encountered. Barb had an innate ability to connect with people effortlessly, and she never met a stranger. Her genuine interest in others allowed her to engage in conversations that could last for hours, making every person she spoke with feel valued and heard.
Music was a cherished part of Barb’s life, and she found solace and joy in playing the saxophone as a member of her family band. Her love for music was surpassed only by her love for her family. Barb’s grandchildren, Heather (Vern) McClure, DJ (Ashley) and Brianna Hughes, Austin (Ashlee) Valentine, and Dylan Valentine, were the apple of her eye. She reveled in their laughter and celebrated their achievements. As time went on, Barb’s joy multiplied with the arrival of her great-grandchildren, Tre and Mackenzie Hughes, Kaelynn and Nevaeh McClure, and Nicholas Valentine. Their presence brought immeasurable happiness to her heart. She is also survived by her sister, Martha Joan Miles, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Barb’s compassionate and giving nature knew no bounds. Her immense generosity touched the lives of many, and she took every opportunity to lend a helping hand. She was always ready to support those in need and brighten their lives with her warm presence.
After residing many years in Williamstown, New Jersey, they decided to relocate to Joelton, Tennessee in 2017, seeking new adventures and experiences.
Barb was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack, her parents, Charles and Martha Zwaan, her brothers Joseph and Charles Zwaan Jr., her sisters Mary Brown and Patricia Hackett, as well as her great-grandchildren Brayden McClure and Carter Hughes. Among those waiting to reunite with her beyond this life is her cherished canine companion, Merlin, who provided her with endless love and companionship.
Barb’s absence will be deeply felt by all who knew her. Her vibrant spirit, loving nature, and zest for life will continue to inspire and guide those she left behind. Her memory will forever live on in the hearts of her family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Williamstown, New Jersey on August 6th, 2023 at 3:00 PM. More details to follow.
The care of Ms. Barbara Kohn and her family has been entrusted to the staff of the Cremation Society of Tennessee. To share words of comfort and condolences, please visit www.cremationsocietyoftn.com.