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Barbara Hertzberg
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Barbara Hertzberg
Full Name: Barbara Hertzberg

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On July 31, 2022, Barbara Hertzberg (née Small), age 79, died peacefully in her sleep after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Barbara was a devoted mother to David (Brandy Mitchell) and Julie (David Clapperton), loving grandmother to Paige, Alice and Madeleine, and devoted sister to Milton. She is predeceased by her brother Joel.

Barbara was born June 8, 1943 and grew up in Rockaway Beach and Far Rockaway, Queens. After graduating Far Rockaway HS, she moved to Manhattan where she worked as a secretary for various firms. She married Michael Hertzberg in 1969 and had two children, Julie and David.

In the mid 1980s, Barbara began working as an executive recruiter, specializing in the financial field. In 2001 - in the wake of 9/11 - she founded Barbara Hertzberg Associates, and ran this successful recruiting business all on her own for many years before retiring in 2008.

Barbara was a strong, independent woman who loved her family and friends deeply. She had many adventures with her companion of 25 years, Mike Graziano. She enjoyed traveling, venturing all over the world to places as varied as Morocco, Estonia and Argentina. She loved cooking as much as she loved eating out at her favorite upper east side restaurants, and enjoyed shopping at her favorite store, Bloomingdale’s, where she never failed to make friends with the employees who helped her. Barbara charmed people wherever she went, and kept many loyal and loving friends all throughout her life. She was a proud grandma, loving her three granddaughters as much as a grandmother possibly could, and reliably showering them with gifts at every occasion. She will be missed by all who knew her, but her memory will live on in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Michael J. Fox foundation. Donations can be made online at michaeljfox.org/donate.

6 responses to “Barbara Hertzberg

  1. Dale Wolkoff says:

    We are so very sorry to hear about Barbara. She was the next door neighbor to my daughter and son in law Jennifer and Mitchell Leidner and their3 children
    Whenever we visited I always rang her bell to say hello!
    Barbara was special and she will be missed

  2. Jennifer Leidner says:

    When my husband Mitch and I moved into The Stratford in 2003, we had our 2 year old daughter Jordyn and I was pregnant with our twins Madison and Alexander. Barbara was not only our neighbor but became a dear friend . She was always around if I needed help with the kids or just someone to talk to. We would have great conversations that took place right outside our doors. We also celebrated some great times together. Even when we moved apartments, our friendship continued and I would visit with her. We never forgot each others birthday and she was always there with Halloween candy for the kids and we always exchanged Chanukah presents. She loved Kiehl’s lotion. 🙂

    I am so sad about her passing and I will cherish the memories I have. Sending love and condolences to Julie, David and her family.

  3. Susan Moss says:

    I am so glad Barbara reconnected later in life. We were friends when Julie, and my daughter, Amanda were babies. For some reason after several years, we just drifted apart. About 8 or 10 years ago, I recognized her getting on a bus. Just like that, we continued our friendship as if time had not gone by. We went to lunch, dinner, and her most favorite thing was going to Bloomingdales for their Frozen Yogurt! We even had lunch just a few weeks ago. I will miss her friendship and wonderful and caring outlook on life and relationships. XOXO

  4. Sandy Gorman says:

    Barbara was a beautiful woman. We were Adult Bat Mitzvah students together at Temple Shaaray Tefila. We learned a lot and had lots of fun each week leading up to our group Bat Mitzvah. I have very fond memories of her.
    Barbara will be missed by all.

  5. Jenny Forman-Sarno says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    I am sending you strength during this difficult time.

  6. Mary and Mark Aiosa says:

    To David, Julie and your families,
    We met Barbara several years back when our daughter Kelsey started dating Marc. We quickly learned what a kind and gracious woman she was. And in more recent years we saw how strong she was too. We know she will be missed by many and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Service Information
Date: Wednesday August 03, 2022
Time: 11:30am
Officiating: Rabbi Rebecca Eisenstat
Sinai Chapels
114-03 Queens Blvd Forest Hills, NY 11375
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Mount Carmel Cemetery 83-45 Cypress Hills Street Glendale, NY 11385