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July 30, 1956 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 67) 67 Years Old
Barbara (Zak) Fela , 67, of Midland Park, NJ passed away suddenly on January 20, 2024.
Barbara was the loving wife of 44 years to Louis Fela, devoted mother to son Jeffrey Fela of Midland Park NJ, beloved sister to Richard Zak and his wife Andrea Zak of Farmingdale NJ, beloved sister-in-law to Karen Fela of Wallington NJ, and loving aunt to Douglas Zak of Arlington VA.
Barbara was born in Passaic NJ and was raised in Wallington NJ. She met her loving husband Lou in high school and married him after college. They lived in Midland Park for 38 years where they raised their son Jeff.
Barbara attended William Paterson University for her BA in Special Education graduating with honors, and earned her MS in Special Education from New Jersey City University. She was a skilled special education teacher with the South Bergen Jointure Commission starting in 1978 and retired after 33 years. Barbara willingly accepted frequently changing assignments throughout the school facilities of the Jointure. She always put her students first, analyzing what each individual student needed in terms of curriculum and life skills to advance, and then followed through in creative ways to help the students succeed in life.
Her favorite pastimes included a passion for cooking, baking and entertaining especially for the family Thanksgiving celebration. In her family, she was known as the kitchen gadget queen, and enjoyed having any new tool that could help her make a fabulous culinary creation. She also enjoyed traveling with Lou and Jeff, including ski trips, sporting events, and Caribbean vacations. Her family and group of lifelong friends from high school and teaching career were all very important to her and she loved getting together with them regularly. She will greatly be missed by all.
Visitation will be Thursday Jan 25 from 3:00-7:00 pm at Feeney Funeral Home in Ridgewood. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am at St. Elizabeth's RC Church in Wyckoff, where Barbara was a longtime parishioner. Interment to follow at St. Michael's Cemetery in South Hackensack.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider a donation in Barbara's honor to No Barriers USA, a non-profit organization that engages students with special need to explore new activities, showing them that “what's within them is stronger than what's in their way.” https://nobarriersusa.org/about-us/misson/
Thursday January 25, 2024 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Feeney Funeral Home 232 Franklin Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Friday January 26, 2024 10:00 AM St. Elizabeth of Hungary 700 Wyckoff Ave. Wyckoff, NJ 07481
St. Michael's Cemetery 120 Saddle River Rd South Hackensack, NJ 07606