Barbara M. Petrosino, Ed.D., RN Obituary

Dr. Barbara M. Petrosino died on October 10, 2022 at her home in Longhorn Village in Austin, Texas. She was born to Mary and Alexander Petrosino in Brooklyn, New York on June 1, 1938. Both of her parents predeceased her.

Dr. Petrosino graduated from Niagara University in New York with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She received her master’s degree in nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and her doctorate in education from Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After completing her graduate degrees, she completed postgraduate courses in advanced palliative care nursing and gerontological nursing at the University of Hawaii.

Barbara began her nursing career working at VA hospitals in Buffalo and Staten Island, New York. She later moved into nursing education and taught at Niagara University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Texas at El Paso, before returning for her final years of nursing. teaching at UT Austin, where she retired as an associate professor. While at UT Austin, she also served as assistant dean of the undergraduate nursing program and served on numerous school of nursing committees.

After completing her higher education, she completed an internship at the original professional hospice, St. Christopher’s in London, England. Additionally, she made an extended visit to America’s First Hospice located in Connecticut to further her knowledge and expertise in palliative care.

One of her greatest joys was working with students, especially in a clinical setting. She has taught various nursing courses, including oncology nursing and palliative care, to undergraduate and graduate students.

Barbara was an early board member of Hospice El Paso and was instrumental in establishing its services. Upon her return to Austin, she became a member of the Hospice Austin Board of Directors, serving in various positions for over 20 years. She was involved in many important decisions as a board member, including the purchase of the property and the launch of her Christopher House inpatient hospice facility.

Barbara is also the originator of the Hospice Nurses’ Newsletter with subscribers in all 50 US states. The newsletter provided information on what was then the new concept of palliative care and its principles and techniques, gradually evolving into the National Journal of Hospice Nursing. She has held various positions in palliative care nursing organizations at the national, state and local levels, in addition to being active on several committees. Additionally, she was a member of the American Nurses’ Association, the National League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society.

In keeping with her Italian heritage, Barbara had a generous heart and loved her family; in turn, she was much loved by them. Although for most of her adult life she was separated by several miles from her family members, she maintained a close bond with them.

Barbara was naturally friendly and outgoing with a wonderful sense of humor and also remained attached to many lifelong friends. She was a wonderful planner and organizer even until her last days.

Wherever she lived, Barbara was a constant and active member of the Catholic Church throughout her life. She served as Eucharistic minister at St. Theresa Parish in Austin for over ten years.

Barbara has been a passionate follower of the sport all her life, having longhorn football and women’s basketball memberships for almost 40 years. Until last season, she was always in the stands cheering on the teams.

Survivors include his brother and wife, Dr. Louis and Patricia Petrosino of Staten Island, New York; his sister, Sandra Lipari, of Englishtown, New Jersey; and six nieces and nephews and their families, Louis Petrosino, Elizabeth Higgins and Marie LaMarch of Staten Island, New York; and Laura Cioffi, Joseph Lipari and John Lipari of Englishtown, New Jersey. Additionally, she leaves behind her friend and roommate of 48 years, Dr. Marlene H. Weitzel; plus another longtime friend, Carol Campagna of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan; and his goddaughter, Marie Curry-Lee of Akron, Ohio.

Barbara and Marlene’s family would like to thank her many friends and alumni, especially for their recent support, the residents and staff of Longhorn Village for their friendships and many kind words, the staff of Hospice Austin for their loving care, and the Morning Glory Home caregivers take care of their gentleness and comfort during her final days.

A Memorial Mass will be offered for Barbara on October 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church, 4311 Small Drive in Austin. Msgr. William Brooks will be the main celebrant of the Mass, with Father Barry Cuba as co-celebrant. Private interment of his ashes will take place later at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Austin. Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in his name can direct it to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759; or The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, 1710 Red River, Austin, TX, 78712 Attention: Sergio Delgado.

Posted on October 13, 2022

Posted in Austin American Statesman

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St. Therese Catholic Church 4311 Small Drive in Austin.

October 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM

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