Friday, January 30, 2015

Barbara Aquinas Lynch McCormick

Andover, NY - Barbara Aquinas Lynch McCormick, age 83, of 70 Chestnut Street passed thru the Gates of Heaven on Thursday January 29, 2015. She was born on December 11, 1931at St. James Hospital in Hornell to Charles C. and Catherine Lynch Lynch. On May 16 1953 in Andover Aquinas married Francis E. "Frank" McCormick who predeceased her on November 7, 2005.

While her given name was Barbara, she was known to all as Aquinas. Aquinas was named after the Nun who stayed to help deliver her so long ago. Aquinas graduated from Andover Central High School in 1950 and then attended a beauty school in Buffalo while living with the Nuns. On a blind date in North Java she met Frank and where married at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. For a short time Aquinas worked as a beautician in Andover and later for the State of New York as a Crop Surveyor. She had been a lifelong member of the Blessed Sacrament Church and a proud member of the Democratic Party who enjoyed election season. Aquinas loved to read, solve puzzles and tell a good story or two.

Survivors include a daughter Charlene [Keith Crossman] McCormick of Fresno, CA.; 2 sons Shawn [Beth] McCormick of Boston, MA., and Terrance [Anne] McCormick of Andover; a daughter in law Bonnie McCormick of Andover; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Aquinas was predeceased by her parents; her husband Frank; her son James "Jamie" McCormick on February 14, 2010. Aquinas was the youngest child and was predeceased by all of her 11 siblings. They are Charles, Norbert, James, Rita, Mary, Catherine, Martina, Kevin, Geraldine and the twins Henry and Anna.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 5, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Friday at 9:30 am a prayer service will be held in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to Celebrated at 11 am at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. Burial will take place on the family farm and memorials may be made to either the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, the Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover or to the Andover Free Library. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you Charlene.

  2. Our grandmother is very much loved. Aquinas lived in California the last year of her life. Charlene and our family gave Beloved Grandma a great adventure. The sunny west coast was good to Queenie. She traveled to the Central Coast, ate candy, saw plays, dined at Yosemite National Park, folded fresh laundry,.. Grandma small talked with her devoted son in law, Keith, for hours on end. We will always cherish seeing her face light up with her great grandson Jack. Jack and Grandma laughed together. He brought a joy to her life that only a baby can do. She fed , bathed, played, and babysat my little boy. They were so good for one another. We had lots of laughs. Grandma was stylish, charming, and sassy. We will love our Grandma forever. Catie Aquinas McCormick Hagen

  3. You will be forever missed. I am truly sadden by your passing. I wish that your final wishes would have been made.

    Also, James "Jamie" passed on February 9, 2010. The entire town of Andover knows that.

  4. I just saw this obit and wish to add a belated but much felt condolence to a grand lady. Every time I passed through Andover Aquinas would say "is that you Patty?" she rarely if ever forgot a hometown face. it was her nature to make you feel welcome. And even as a child I always felt welcome in her home and so I say with great sadness "good bye to a "grand lady". You will be missed by Andover! And by me. My sympathy to Charlene and the boys and the rest of the family.