Feb. 16, 1922 — Feb. 27, 2013
A memorial service was held Wednesday, march 6, in Castro Valley for former Patterson resident Joyce Barfuss, 90. She died Feb. 27 after a short illness.
Well-known in Patterson as the Apricot Lady, she moved to Castro Valley in 1996. While living here, she was extremely active in community affairs, serving as president of the county Commission on Aging, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Patterson Township Historical Society. She helped to found the local Food Pantry and was active in California Women for Agriculture.
Mrs. Barfuss was born to Theodore and Evelyn Martin in McLeod, N.D., she married James Barfuss in 1940. The family moved to California in 1950 and she worked for the Alameda Naval Air Station for 10 years, always being proud of her North Dakota heritage. The couple lived in San Leandro, Burney and Redding before moving to Patterson in 1976 to be closer to family. While here she enjoyed working for the U.S. Census Bureau.
Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Adams and her husband, Wes and Judy Salsbery and her husband, Lloyd; five grandchildren, Gregory Adams and wife, Nicole of Turlock, James Adams and wife, Amy of Angels Camp, Wesley Adams, and wife, Michelle of Modesto, Shelly Badstubner and husband, Jeff of Danville, and Craig Salsbery of Castro Valley; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Private inurnment will be in Patterson District Cemetery.
Mrs. Barfuss was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; sister, Dorothy Gebhard; a granddaughter and her good friends, Linus Tenbrink and Paul Mickle.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Barfuss’ name may be sent to Pacific Chapter of Neuropathy Association, Box 276567, Sacramento, CA. 95827; Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546; or to the March of Dimes.