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In Memory of

Balsam Barsch

February 24, 1937 - March 11, 2017

Obituary


Balsam Barsch, known as Bella by everyone who loved her was born on February 24, 1937 in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. She left this world on Saturday March 11, 2017 preceded in death by her husband Robert Stanley Barsch and became an angel to her loving son Stanley Barsch, daughter-in-law Jessica, and grandsons Jack, Billy & Harry.

While living in Egypt, Bella was an avid lover of music. She taught herself how to play the harmonica, accordion and piano all by ear. Over the years, she kept this a secret...

Balsam Barsch, known as Bella by everyone who loved her was born on February 24, 1937 in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. She left this world on Saturday March 11, 2017 preceded in death by her husband Robert Stanley Barsch and became an angel to her loving son Stanley Barsch, daughter-in-law Jessica, and grandsons Jack, Billy & Harry.

While living in Egypt, Bella was an avid lover of music. She taught herself how to play the harmonica, accordion and piano all by ear. Over the years, she kept this a secret from many who knew her.

She fled to the United States in June 1967, while working for the Ness family during the Six Day War. She loved her years with the Ness children, Wendy and Audrey, and always cherished the memories until the last days of her life. One memory that Bella shared time and time again was traveling to Greece with the Ness family, and the amazing scenery, food and people in that country - it was the most remarkable place on earth to her.

In the early 1970's, Bella moved to Washington, DC and started her almost 40 year career with the Rossotti Family. She loved and adored Edward and Allegra, who she helped raise as a live-in nanny, personal chef and housekeeper. During her tenure, she became known as the "Mayor of Georgetown". She was often seen walking along Wisconsin Avenue or M Street, and just as much on the 30 bus line. With a heart of gold, one of her signatures was making afghans for employees of stores, bus drivers, street vendors and countless homeless people.

Bella was a servant of Christ. A devoted Christian, who would faithfully read her bible several times a day. A follower and believer, she made church on Sunday the biggest priority in her life. She often sang hymns late at night with her closest friends, prayed religiously and put God first before anything she did in life.

During her retirement years, she lived with her son in Silver Spring. Later she moved to an active adult community, Five Star Premier in Chevy Chase where she found and made many adoring friends. She continued to live her last few months at Buckingham's Choice in Adamstown, Maryland.

Bella had lifetime dream of flying like a bird, and we pray she is flying with all the doves in heaven.

Viewing will be held at Joseph Gawler's Sons Funeral Home in Washington D.C. on Friday, March 17th from 6:00-8:00 PM. An additional viewing will be held on Saturday, March 18th at 9:00 AM immediately followed by the funeral service at 10:00 AM at the Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will take place at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington DC. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to your local church or parish in memory of Bella Barsch.