Barbara Murphy McLean, North Scranton, died Monday at home. She was the widow of Harold McLean who died in June 2011. The couple had been married for 40 years.
Born in Cleveland, OH she was the daughter of the late Jerome and Joan Reese Murphy. She was of the Catholic faith. Prior to retirement she had been employed by Cleanrite Cleaners and Haddon Craftsman.
She was an avid Cleveland Browns fan and loved to travel to Atlantic City.
Surviving are sons Thomas McLean and his wife Deborah of Union Dale and Brian McLean and his wife Deborah of Old Forge; brothers Daniel Murphy and Gary Lance; sisters Patty Rosengrant, Joan Schott and Tracy Langan; grandchildren Sara Ferroggiaro and Jacob and Joseph McLean; step grandchildren Rebecca Evans and Melissa Evans Rodriguez; step great grandchildren Matthew Hodgins and Myah Entrot.
She was preceded in death by a sister Geraldine Zachosky.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10am in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave Scranton.
Friends may call Thursday from 5-8pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton
Anyone wishing to express their condolences to the family or to share a memory of Barbara please visit www.vanstonandjames.com
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF BARB MCLEAN, YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS, AND PRAYERS. MAY THE LORD GRANT YOU STRENGTH, AND GIVE YOU PEACE. I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LOSE YOUR PARENTS. LIVING ACROSS WILLIAM STREET,FROM YOUR MOM AND DAD FOR YEARS,I HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF THEM. BARB AND HAROLD,SITTING ON THE PORCH OF THE HOUSE. LAUGHING AND TALKING TO EVERYONE WHO PASSED BY. AND MICKEY THE CAT, NEAR BY. YOUR MOM WAS A GREAT LADY, SHE HAD GREAT SPIRIT,AND WAS LIKE HER FAVORITE COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM NOTRE DAME- THE FIGHTING IRISH. SHE ALSO HAD A BIG HEART,AND CARED ABOUT HER FRIENDS,NEIGHBORS,AND FAMILY ALOT. YOUR MOM AND DAD AND I, WOULD TALK ALOT ABOUT EVERYTHING. MOSTLY FOOTBALL, HE BEING A PATRIOTS FAN, YOUR MOM THE BROWNS FAN, AND ME THE STEELERS FAN. SO IT WAS A LIVELY CONVERSATION, TO SAY THE LEAST. I WILL MISS YOUR MOM ALOT, ALWAYS SAW HER ON THE PORCH,EVERYDAY OR EVERY OTHER DAY I WOULD TALK TO HER. ALSO MISS YOUR DAD, THEY WERE GOOD PEOPLE, STRONG AND TOUGH.BOTH BEEN THROUGH ALOT IN LIFE. ALL OF US,ON WILLIAM STREET, WILL MISS THEM VERY MUCH. WE ARE HEARTBROKEN, I KNOW THEY ARE TOGETHER, AND WITH GOD. YOUR MOM WAS LIKE THE QUEEN OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD. SO IN THE IRISH WAKE TRADITION, HAVE A DRINK IN MEMORY OF YOUR MOM. SHE WOULD OF WANTED IT THAT WAY. MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. WITH SYMPATHY, BILL LOVELAND.
My Aunt Barbara was a beautiful, loving, and caring woman. Regretfully my mother (her sister Geraldine) passed away 27 years ago and although I still got to know and love my Aunt Barbara, I feel like I missed a lot more time that I could have spent with her. But nothing can or will change the fact that she was one of the most wonderful women to enter my life and I will miss her dearly. I hope the rest of our family can find a tiny bit of peace knowing she is in a better place with Uncle Harold and my mother.
For all the people at Haddon Craftsman that knew Barb, we will always love you.
Ps. I will always love you and never ever forget you.
Love always, Jimmy
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at such a sad time. My personal friendship I had with Barb will never be forgotten. She was a loving and caring mother and friend. Her laugh and love she had for her coworkers at Haddon Craftsmen will never be forgotten.
So sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful person.
I worked with Barbara at the Post Office, we were casuals together.
I’m so sorry for your loss.
Barb had such a great laugh, quick wit. We had many, many great laughs because of her.
She also had a great spirit about her, when she was down you wouldn’t know it.
I will remember her fondly.