Barbara F. Bourgeois

 Barbara F. Bourgeois

July 7, 2015


Barbara F. Bourgeois was born February 16, 1955 and raised on Long Island, New York to Beatrice and Joseph Heimbuecher.    She was the oldest of 11 siblings.   The wife of Thomas Bourgeois and loving mother of Beth Ann and Trish Bourgeois and mother in-law to Denise Cosenza and Jay Racavich.

She enjoyed teaching and tutoring math, playing the piano, singing, crocheting and crafts.   Barbara enjoyed meeting people, sharing stories and providing comfort to all who were in need.  She enjoyed living life to the fullest and enjoying all it had to offer. 

She especially enjoyed the great friends of Eagle Lake, Woodloch Pines and Sun Lake Estates Community in Florida.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30am in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave Scranton.

In lieu of flowers the family would like you to consider a donation to the Lupus Foundation.

To share a memory please visit

Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton.


  1. Helen

    I don’t have a lot of wise words for you but know you are not alone in what you are feeling. I will be near if you need to talk or vent or just scream, I do know only to well how you feel and please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Audrey

    The first time I met Barbara, she was line dancing while using her crutches in the Sunlake Clubhouse. Her smile lit up the room. I’ll miss her smile and her words of encouragement. I know Barb is no longer in pain and is watching over her loved ones. Jim and I send our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to her family. RIP Barbara

  3. Grace

    Barbara and I have had a table next to each other for the last few years at the Eagle Lake Fair. When she was not there this year, I was worried about her. I had no idea how sick she was. I was going to text her from the fair, i do not know why I did not do it. I wanted to tell you Barbara, I missed you. We had such good fun together. Rest in peace.
    Grace, your pottery friend.

  4. Roe and Lucille

    What a remarkable woman Barbara was! She was always upbeat and never let anything get her down! We remember how she once had just gotten out of the hospital only to make it up to the Clubhouse at Eagle Lake for a cocktail party. She was up on the dance floor, crutches and all! Only last Friday we were wondering why she wasn’t at our 1st cocktail party of the season. Barbara has left a whole in our world but has made it a much better place because she was in it! We pray for the peaceful repose of her soul as well as for you her family. She will never be forgotten! May God grant you peace!

  5. Mitch & Mary Shon

    Tom, Beth Ann & Patricia

    Just learned of Barbara’s passing. We are deeply sorry for your loss and sorry we will not be able to accumulate any more memories of her from our time spent together as Lakehouse neighbors at Woodloch Pines. Will always remember her concern and care for others and how she constantly prayed and thought about Eric during his time in Iraq while in the USMC. It has been a great privilege to know and be friends with her over the last 25 years and we look forward to that friendship continuing with all of you. Barbara made me some little crafts,was a good listener and caring person.

Leave Your Condolences

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.