Barbara Cardinali

Barbara Jean Cardinali (Travnicek)

Tuesday, January 2nd, 1940 - Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
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Barbara Jean Cardinali (nee Travnicek)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Barbara Jean (BJ) Cardinali, 81, of Hackettstown, NJ and formerly of Millington. Barbara passed on in peace at the Hackettstown Hospital on January 20th, 2021.
Although small in stature, Barbara was large in life. She impacted many in our community as a volunteer member of the Millington First Aid Squad (and she even helped deliver a baby!), as a Girl Scout troop leader, serving in the PTA and as a class mother, as an active congregant of the First Presbyterian Church of Stirling as well as its bell choir, and in various volunteer activities in her Heath Village community, including chairing the Friendly Visitors committee.
Barbara was born and raised in Chicago and its western suburbs, and she graduated from Morton East High School in Berwyn, IL. She was a Past Honored Queen in Job’s Daughters. In her youth, Barbara trained as a talented singer, and she maintained her passion for singing into her senior years. Barbara also loved to play bridge – and she was pretty good at it too!
Barbara worked various jobs beginning with Western Electric and ending with retirement from Peapack-Gladstone Bank, but her most notable activities were outside of work – as a household engineer serving as “Mom’s taxi driver” and managing all of the trials and tribulations that go along with raising three children. Words cannot adequately capture the positive impact that she had on the lives of her family.
Barbara leaves behind three loving children, Linda Cardinali, Scott Cardinali and his wife Holly, and Patricia Cardinali and her partner John Kamau; three grandchildren, Matthew and Rebecca Cardinali and Joseph Kamau; her former husband Joseph Cardinali, and countless friends. She is pre-deceased by her adoptive parents, James and June Travnicek as well as her brother Robert Travnicek.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be planned post-pandemic. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that tribute donations be made in her name to The Raptor Trust, 1390 White Bridge Road, Millington, NJ 07946 or online at to acknowledge her passion for, and spiritual connection with eagles.
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Bob McHenry

Posted at 03:11pm
So sorry to hear of Mrs. C's passing. She was like a second mother to me and I'll always cherish many warm memories of her. She was so kind and gracious, made me feel so welcomed in her house (I was there sooo often!), and laughed along with (and probably put up with from time to time) my silliness. She made me feel kind of special. My memories of her always brings a smile to my face and warms my heart. My sympathies to Patty, Linda, Mr. C, Mat, Becky, to all others close to Mrs. C, and to my best bud, Scott. While I might search for more words, I think I'll just settle on re-living all the special memories of her - that will fill a book, actually several volumes. Thanks Mrs. C for all you did for me and the influence you had on me. I'm a better man for it.

Ruby Kapil

Posted at 04:48pm
Dear Scott and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. I never met her but can see from the photos and from knowing you that she must have been an amazing person. May she rest in peace and may her memories offer some comfort. - Ruby and Vikram Kapil

Cathy McWhorter

Posted at 02:50pm
I have so many great/funny memories of Aunt Barb - she always treated me so nicely, always inviting me up during the summer as a teenager for 1 to 2 weeks to give me a "vacation"; she loved to play cards - Michigan Rummy in particular - she tried to teach me Bridge, but that was hopeless. She was an incredible cook - I have many recipe cards that she wrote for me as soon as my husband said he liked something she fixed...I remember in particular her Corning Ware dishes; she allowed me to bury a dead cat in the yard with Scott, Linda, and Patty - and dig it up a year later to examine the bones....except that we couldn't find it!! She was a tiny lady, but packed a BIG punch....all the cousins were afraid of her....even my husband...I remember at Scott's wedding how beautiful she looked and how proud she was of him. She will be missed.

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