Barbara Joy VanTromp

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Barbara Joy VanTromp, 60, of Bridgeport, W.Va., passed away in her home Wednesday, December 5, 2012, following an extended illness.


She was born September 18, 1952, in Washington, a daughter of the late John Menhart, who died when she was six years old, and the late Violet Navoy Sendeski. She was the stepdaughter of the late Joseph Sendeski.


Surviving are her loving and caring husband of 37 years, John A. VanTromp.


Also surviving are daughter, Kristin VanTromp of Clearwater, Fla.; son, Justin VanTromp and wife Ashley of Arlington, Va.; two sisters, Betty Lou Courson and husband Bo of McMurray and Valerie Parker and husband Frank Lock Haven; her only surviving aunt, Stella Filipowski of Norwin; and a cousin, Bill Gorrell and wife Barb of Michigan.


She was a member of Simpson Creek Baptist Church.


Mrs. VanTromp was a graduate of Trinity High School and Fairmont State College, where she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma.


Joy, as she was called, was a schoolteacher. She began teaching in Columbus, Ohio, and later taught in Marion County, W.Va. Most of her career was spent in Harrison County, where she taught middle school in Shinnston, Gore, and Lumberport, W.Va. She also taught at Simpson Elementary and retired from Bridgeport Middle School in 2004, because of health problems. She had a strong passion for teaching and truly loved her students.


Condolences to the VanTromp Family may be sent to burnsidefh@burnsidefuneralhome.com.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, W.Va. Mrs. VanTromp will lie in state at Simpson Creek Baptist Church from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, where services will be held at 11 a.m. with Dr. C. Michael Hopkins presiding. Following the service, her request for cremation will be honored.


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