Barbara E. (Wolf) Bowers, 89, of Dublin, Ohio, died Saturday, April 26, at the Kobacker House for Hospice Care in Columbus, Ohio. Mrs. Bowers and her husband, John F., bred and raced Standardbreds. Their daughter, Moira Fahy, trains and races horses at The Meadows with her husband Bill.
Born in Columbus, Mrs. Bowers lived mostly in the Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington areas of suburban Columbus. After graduating high school from Our Lady of Victory in Marble Cliff, she continued her studies at The Ohio State University (Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association), earning a business degree. By then, the US was fully involved in World War II and with men of fighting age serving the war effort, those with math and science skills were in short supply. The armed forces and military contractors turned to women to fill critical civilian positions. Under a program jointly sponsored by the Department of the Navy and Curtiss-Wright, a local plane manufacturer, Barbara was among a select group of women recruited for an accelerated aeronautical engineering degree program, known as the "Curtiss-Wright Cadettes.” A pilot herself, she went on to work for the company during the war, focusing on the Navy's SB2C Helldiver Bomber.
hen the men returned home from the war, Barbara moved right on to her next challenge and enrolled in nursing school at Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass. A devout Catholic all her life, she developed a lifelong friendship with the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Returning to Ohio, she taught nursing at Children's Hospital in Columbus. She met, and on April 14, 1956, she married John. Together they shared more than 58 years, raising their children in Upper Arlington, enjoying their grandchildren, and spending their winters in South Florida. They were among the earliest members of Brookside Country Club, and later, The Country Club of Boca Raton, where they enjoyed playing golf.
Mrs. Bowers is survived by her husband, John F. Bowers Jr.; four children, six grandchildren, and her brother Ted. Barbara and John raised five beautiful children: Michael (Becky) of Columbus, Moira Fahy (Bill) of Washington, PA., Peter of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Joseph (Jaana) of Boulder, Colo. She was predeceased by her son John F. ("Buck”) Bowers III.
The family will receive friends on Friday, May 2, from 4-7 pm at the John Quint Treboni Funeral Home, 1177 W. Fifth Avenue, Columbus. A prayer service will be held Saturday, May 3, at 11 am at Our Mothers of Sorrow Chapel (within the grounds of St. Joseph Cemetery), 6440 S. High St., Lockbourne, with entombment to follow. The procession will depart from the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mid-Ohio Foodbank www.midohiofoodbank.org, 3960 Brookham Rd, Grove City (43123). Condolences may be sent via www.johnquint.com.