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Barbara A. Hawxhurst, a lifelong resident of Cooperstown who owned and operated The Shortstop, a well-known restaurant on Main Street in the village, passed away Saturday evening, Oct. 2, 2010, at Otsego Manor. She was 58.
Born April 13, 1952, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, she was a daughter of Salvatore A. and Mary J. (LaMartina) Sapienza.
She married Patrick J. Hawxhurst in Cooperstown on Oct. 5, 1996. He predeceased her when he died unexpectedly June 26, 2000, at the age of 48.
Raised in Cooperstown, Barbara graduated from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1970. After attending Albany Junior College, she returned to Cooperstown and went to work for her father, Sam, at The Shortstop, his restaurant on Main Street.
Barbara later took over the full ownership and operation of this venerable main-stay in the Village of Cooperstown until closing the doors in March of this year.
Barbara always enjoyed her home and gardens as well as cooking. Her greatest delight was spending time with her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends in Cooperstown.
Barbara is survived by her children and grandchildren, Jacquelyn Ward and her husband, Brian, and their daughter, Madison Ava Ward, of Cherry Valley; John Landers II and his son, Jayden Hunter Landers, of Cooperstown; and Jason Landers of Cooperstown.
She is also survived by three sisters, Santa Morris and her husband, Steve, of Cherry Valley, Gloria Jones and her husband, Tony, of Albany, and Lucy Robertson and her husband, Doug, of Hartwick; one niece, Ashley Jones; two nephews, Garrett and Casey Morris; one aunt, Sadie Blazick of San Diego, Calif.; one uncle, Joseph Sapienza of Texas; and many cousins.
In addition to her husband, Patrick, Barbara was predeceased by her father, Salvatore (Sam) A. Sapienza, who died May 30, 1989; and her mother, Mary J. (LaMartina) Sapienza, who died July 5, 1997.
A Service in Remembrance of the Life of Barbara A. Hawxhurst was offered at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Her family received friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m., prior to the service.
Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements were under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  October 7, 2010
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