Linda R. Glass Barnes

It is with deep sadness that the family of Linda Glass Barnes announces her passing after a difficult and brave battle against cancer.  Linda was truly a one-of-a-kind woman who filled each room she entered with her exuberant personality and vibrant zest for life.  There wasn’t a party she wasn’t the life of or a dance floor she would leave untouched.  Linda’s love, devotion, and loyalty to her family led her moral compass and guided her every action. She held her family most dear prioritizing those she loved most. Linda is survived by her three adoring and loving children, Jackie Douglas (John Douglas), Jennifer Reeves (John Reeves), and John Barnes III. She was the proud grandmother to her beloved five grandchildren: Lauren, Jack, and Jessica Reeves, as well as Meghan and Sean Douglas. She is also survived by her sister, Eileen Avagliano.

Linda’s journey began January 24, 1942 in the Bronx, NY. She was the eldest daughter born to Louis and Annette Glass. She grew up, first, in a long line of cousins surrounded by a tight-knit family and treasured relatives.  She cherished her memories of growing up in the Bronx and spending her summers in Long Beach, NY.  Despite earning full scholarships to several colleges for her intellectual prowess, upon graduating high school Linda threw her hat into the work world and began her administrative and clerical career at Thatcher Glass.  At 19, Linda met the love of her life in Long Beach, John Barnes Jr.  They married in 1963, and moved from the Bronx to Flushing, Queens to begin their beautiful life together.  Linda and John went on to settle in Norwood, NJ in 1976 where they amassed many life long and cherished friends.  Linda worked for 35 years as the payroll administrator at IS 143 and then WHEELS in Washington Heights, NY. She loved her job and forged strong relations with her colleagues over the years.  Linda wholeheartedly embraced her life in Norwood and became actively involved in the school and her local community.  She participated in the Home School Association while her children attended Norwood Public School. In addition, she served on the Norwood Women’s Club and participated in a variety of book clubs, as she was always a passionate reader.  She savored her time exercising and riding her bike on the boardwalk.  Linda was interested in politics, world events, and social justice.  She supported the arts and was an ardent supporter of Broadway.  She loved New York and frequented Broadway shows on a regular basis throughout her entire life.  She loved traveling, and in her retirement years, Linda traveled the world with her husband John, their cherished friends, and family. She was an active participant in her children and grandchildren’s lives and took a front seat at their milestone events as well as their mundane day-to-day activities. She fervently believed that life was not a dress rehearsal and she lived according to that motto. 

Visitation is Sunday from 2-6 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale (201-767-3050). A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11 AM with interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to the Norwood American Legion John Barnes Jr. College Scholarship Fund in the name of Linda Barnes, 480 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 07648.

Rest in peace to an amazing woman and sweet soul.




  1. Judith Ferranti Penney :

    My heart aches for the family. I knew Linda from Thatcher Glass days. She was unique, and really filled whatever room she entered. She so missed John this past year, so now she is finally in his arms again. Rest in peace my friend, or rather, party on with the love of your life. You are surely missed.

  2. Lorry A Mooney :

    I will cherish the time I spent with Linda … she was one of the most stable forces in my world! I am grateful that she was a loving aunt, and I admired and learned from her strong sense of love and support for family.

  3. Ann and Richard Tierno :

    Your well-being has been in the forefront since John’s passing and the separation is finally over. May you continue as one through eternity.

  4. My prayers are with her family and loved ones.

  5. Barbara Baptiste :

    Dear Linda…Hard to believe the years have flown by this fast. In some ways, it seems like yesterday when we moved into Norwood in 1976….as young kids on the block with young children to raise. Thank you for helping me when I lost my son, Joseph Crowley. I didn’t want to have to return the favor, but I do hope I was of some comfort to you in this past year as you were so challenged, first with losing your beloved husband, and then your own illness. I will miss you and our chats from afar, as of late, while you beat me at Words With Friends every night! We never did get to have that lunch date, Linda. ‘Til we meet again……….With Love, Barbara

  6. Sorry for your lost you and your family are in my prayers

  7. Denise (O'Callaghan) D'Agostino :

    Dear Jackie & Barnes Family,
    Sincere condolences for the loss of Mrs. Barnes. I remember her fondly as a fun and funny lady who was full of life. I will keep you all in my prayers. Sending much love.

  8. Rest In PEACE my friend! Rest in PEACE! I will miss you.

  9. Dear John,
    I’m at a loss for words, as I try to process this tremendous loss in what seems like a minute following your Dad’s passing. You remain in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. Please let me know if I can be of any help to you during this tragic time. My deepest sympathy and prayers for comfort are with you now, and always.
    My heart aches for you,
    Lori Pisani

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