Barbara J. Nugent-Bitterman
Barbara J. Nugent-Bitterman, 61, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Lake Placid, left this world far too early on Monday, May 29, 2017, to join those who had gone before her.
Barbara was born Jan. 4, 1956, in Lake Placid, the baby of four children. She spent the majority of her life in the Adirondacks and would always refer to it as home. A graduate of Lake Placid High School Class of 1974, she continued her studies at Trinity College of Burlington, Vermont, and SUNY Plattsburgh. Following college, she was a special education teacher at Lake Placid Central School and teacher of elementary education in the Keene school district.
Barbara began her career as a flight attendant for Northwest Orient Airlines in 1981, where she met countless longtime friends and saw the world. She spent her career based in New York City before retiring in 2003 after her move to Naples, Florida, and after two decades of flying between New York and Asia. She had a love of travel and her airline career, and continued her many travels around the world even after her retirement. In addition, she played a large role in the Wings Interline group, which hosted regular luncheons for active and retired flight attendants in southwest Florida.
No matter where her travels took her, she loved to spend her summer in the Adirondacks, where she was a longtime supporter of the Lake Placid Horse Show. She enjoyed motorcycles and had a love of animals and a strong passion for life. There wasn’t much Barbara wouldn’t try at least once. Anybody that she came in contact with was touched by her glowing smile and outgoing and warm personality. In her years living in Naples, she was an active member in her community, hosting luncheons and parties, attending a number of charity events and playing golf.
Barbara is survived by her mother Catherine Nugent of Daytona Beach, Florida; three siblings: Jerry Nugent (Pat) of the Villages, Florida; Ann Morford (Ricky) of Lake Placid; Gregory Nugent (Clayton) of Daytona Beach, Florida; her nieces Rachel, Miki, Charity and Jessica; several extended family members, including aunts, uncles and cousins; as well as many, many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Francis (Pete) Nugent in 1987.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, with the Rev. John Yonkovig officiating. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid.
Donations can be made in her name to Elmbrook Veterinary Services, c/o Dr. Sue Benway, 46 Carey Road, AuSable Forks, NY 12912, or the Tri-Lakes Humane Society, P.O. Box 1111, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.