Barbara A. LoPresti of Philadelphia passed away on Friday the 16th of February 2024 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife to Russell A. LoPresti (predeceased) for 49 years. Barbara is survived by her children Laura L. Davis (William Kelly), Valerie J. Deeks (Joseph Rechichi) and Russell W. LoPresti (Candice Apperson - spouse) along with her grandchildren Charles R. Davis, Brian M. Davis, Courtney R. Deeks and William A. LoPresti. Barbara is also survived by her sister Helen J. Baghdassarian and predeceased by her sister Joan M. Bendis.
Born Barbara Ann Bendis in Indiana, Pennsylvania to the late William V. and Mary A. (Wislocki) Bendis. Many fond memories of her youth in this coal mining town were central to her life values. She attended Elders Ridge High School and enjoyed piano playing, dancing, singing in the choir, ice skating and theatre.
Barbara came to Philadelphia in the mid 1950s and worked for Household Finance. This is where she met the love of her life Russell A. LoPresti. The two were a wonderful compliment to each other – both with strong character, personalities and an affinity for their family, who were the central point of her life. While her children were young she worked as a volunteer for Saint Matthew’s School. She then worked for the Federal Government for the 1980 Census Bureau and then as a secretary for the U.S. Department of the Navy for many years, retiring in 1996 to spend more time with her adored grandchildren and enjoy life.