Northville – Barbara Sperry (nee Gloede), 81, of Northville, NY, passed away on August 26, 2023. Barbara was born on July 24, 1942, in Prescott, WI, to Christian and Hazel Gloede. She deeply loved her family, friends, students, pets, and community.
Barbara leaves behind a cherished legacy and will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Christine Donovan, son-in-law Kevin Donovan, and grandson Charles Donovan. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Henry Sperry.
Her life was enriched by her educational pursuits. She graduated from the Staten Island Academy and continued her education at SUNY Fredonia, Averett University, Wagner College, and Chapman University. Barbara’s career was filled with remarkable achievements and contributions to her community.
In 1963, she was crowned Miss New York and received a talent award at the Miss America Pageant. She sang with Louis Armstrong and later represented Quality Bakers as Miss Hillbilly Bread, which took her across the country for promotional appearances. She also hosted a New York City radio show and telethons for PBS and Cerebral Palsy.
She met her future husband when he hired her, as Miss New York, to perform at a corporate event.
Barbara taught school in PA, WA, NY, and AZ. She and Barbara Weaver co-founded Bats Bay Productions, a community theatre group. After permanently moving to Northville, she served as the principal at the Whitehall Elementary School and at the Northville Central School.
After retiring, she served on the NCS school board. Barbara was the first woman to be president of the Northville Rotary and was a member of the Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living. Additionally, she played the piano and organ at the Northville United Presbyterian Church. She loved to travel and fiercely loved her family, especially her grandson.
A private service will be held and a celebration of her life gathering will be announced for a date next summer. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.