Barbara A. Caltagirone, 85

Barbara A. (Walters) Caltagirone, 85, formerly the wife to the late John A. Caltagirone, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 15, 2024, at Reading Hospital.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late George and Jane (Baylor) Walters.

Barbara graduated from Reading High School and the Reading Hospital School of Nursing, before earning her Master’s Degree from Temple University. She would go on to have a distinguished career in nursing; starting out at Reading Hospital. She then became a traveling nurse working on interstate trains that traveled to Chicago and Miami. She finished her career working for 30 years at Oley Valley High School as the school nurse. While working at Oley Valley High School, Barbara was the coach for the band front flag twirlers, attending many cavalcades and competitions. She accompanied school groups on many ski club trips to Vermont and Canada, as well as travels to many countries in Europe, including England, Spain and Italy. Barbara was an accomplished craftswoman, winning many prizes for needlepoint, crocheting, and sewing works. Barbara also enjoyed traveling with her daughter to as many places as they could over the years.

Surviving is her daughter Juliana Caltagirone, wife of Antonio Vernacchio; a brother Richard Walters, husband of Gail; sister-in-law Sherry Walters; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother Robert Walters.

A memorial mass will be held on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 11:00AM at St. Columbkill Church (200 Indian Spring Rd, Boyertown, PA 19512) with Fr. Rich Clement officiating. A visitation for friends and family to gather will also be held on Monday, January 22, 2024, from 10:00AM-11:00AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army of Boyertown (409 S. Reading Ave, Boyertown, PA 19512) or to the Boyertown Area Multi Service (200 Spring St, Boyertown, PA 19512) in Barbara’s name.

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Juliana, I’m so sorry for the loss you f your mother. May she rest in peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Pam Smith

~ Pam Smith Boyertown, PA
1/23/2024 6:18:17 AM

So sorry for your loss. She was a great friend and neighbor to my mom. She will be missed.

~ Dolores Reitnauer Pottstown, PA
1/19/2024 3:37:55 PM

Mrs. Caltagirone was an amazing person who showed what it was like to care in so many ways. She was my school nurse, band front director and advisor as I went on to become a school nurse as well! She was someone who would listen and advise but allowed you to make your own decisions. One example of her caring nature was that while in HS I was in a car collision on the way to school and she left the school to come to the scene and check that I was OK. I will not forget the shock when I looked up and saw her there! Thank you Mrs. Caltagirone for your advice and all the care you gave over those years. It meant more than you can know. Condolences to her family who will miss her greatly.

~ Mary Beth (Lutz) Feeg Temple, PA
1/19/2024 8:44:49 AM

Dear Friends,
We are so very sorry to learn of your loss. Barbara was a member of the Alumni Association since she graduated and a Life Member since 2003. She was known to many of us as a dedicated compassionate nurse. She will be missed. A donation has been made to the scholarship to honor her memory.
Our thoughts are with you.

Very truly yours,
Kaaren Orquiza

~ Kaaren Orquiza, Alumni Association Reading Hospital School of Nursing
1/19/2024 8:07:44 AM

I have known Barbara Caltagirone for 45 years. She was my school nurse at Oley Valley School District and then my friend. I was her teacher aid in 12th grade with my best friend, Susan Salvatore. We then became her babysitters for her daughter, Juliana. Here are only a few wonderful memories I have of Barbara:

Endless love for her daughter, Juliana.
A listening ear.
A bright smile that lit up the room when she entered.
A road traveled to help someone.
Reppert’s chocolates to share.
Unconditional caring and compassion to all she met.
A phenomenal nurse.
An incredible role model as a woman.
Another bright smile that lit up the room.

Rest in Peace My Dear Friend,
Paula Mazurkiewicz

~ Paula Mazurkiewicz Sinking Spring, PA
1/18/2024 3:54:59 PM

Thank you for being a devoted mother to Juliana. There is no more suffering. Rest in peace.

~ Antonio Vernacchio
1/18/2024 3:21:58 PM