Barbara Brodsky

April 3, 1948 - December 10, 2023

With profound sadness and immense love, we say goodbye to Barbara Brodsky, a cherished mother, partner, grandmother, sister, and therapist, who passed away peacefully on December 10, 2023, at 1:00 am, surrounded by her loving family.

Born to Leo and Silvia Brodsky (Kahn), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Barbara grew up in a nurturing home alongside her older siblings Jo and Jimmy. She was a bright light in the Brodsky family, exuding warmth and wisdom from a young age. Her pursuit of knowledge took her from UCLA where she found her voice and learned to fight “the man” to pursuing an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she realized her unique talent of supporting and empowering others.

Professionally, Barbara worked as a parent educator and as a therapist with a philosophy deeply rooted in growth and healing. Personally, Barabra made long-lasting impacts on the lives of countless individuals with her quick wit, ability to deeply understand others, and her success at creating community through laughter and connection – literally everywhere she went.

As a passionate parent educator and a respected teacher at Seattle Central Community College for many years and as a therapist at Roanoke Park Counseling Center (formally known as Shepherd’s Counseling Services), her advice was constantly sought out and her approach to life was often attempted to be emulated by others. She juggled work while also showing up as an amazing mom to four young children effortlessly. It wasn’t always easy, but Barbara was the rock that held it all together.

Barbara’s legacy is lovingly carried on by her four children, Benjamin, Bethany, Jason, and David; her “Significant Sweetheart” Joel; and six adoring grandchildren. Her influence extended far beyond her immediate family, encompassing a vast network of friends from her book club of over 40 years, the “mother’s circle,” and a myriad of relatives, all of whom basked in the light of her presence.

Barbara’s zest for life was evident in how she carried herself in the world. Every stranger was worthy of a smile and she offered them freely to all that would respond. It seemed her personal goal was to make a connection, big or small, with everyone she came in contact with. Her walks through the arboretum, always pausing at “the family tree,” were moments of reflection and a connection with nature she cherished deeply.

Her laughter, wisdom, and the joy she brought to every room will be profoundly missed. As we remember Barbara, we hold on to the essence of her spirit — the strength she embodied, the lives she uplifted, and the love and laughter she so quickly shared.

We invite all who were touched by her to join us in honoring a life beautifully lived and a soul that will forever enrich ours.

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