Daniel P. Barach

Dan Barach was born February 8, 1931 in Weirton, WV, and died Sunday May 10, 2015 at his home in Oswego. He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Hermina Barach; sisters Mary, and Anne (Ed) Malinowski; and beloved cousin Zonko. He is survived by his wife Marilyn of Oswego, daughter Ann Fine, granddaughter Madison, and grandson Wyatt, all of St. Petersburg, FL., daughter Carol (Paul) Gustafson, of Sugar Hill, Georgia, niece Nancy (David) Turkaly and nephew Paul (Donna) Malinowski all of Weirton, WV. Dan was raised in the steel mill town of Weirton, and began his music studies and love of opera in junior high school. He continued through Michigan State (BA) and the University of Illinois (MA). While playing viola in the Houston Symphony he was drafted into the United States Army and served with the 7th Army Symphony. Upon returning to the States he joined the viola section of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1964 he decided to change careers and location and began teaching in the music department at the State University College at Oswego. There he enjoyed working with his colleagues, playing his viola, being a member of the Sheldon String Trio, and sharing his knowledge and love of music with the students so much that he didn’t retire until May of 2014. He also had extensive interest and knowledge of nutrition, vitamins, and supplements. He was a great believer in exercise and became a certified instructor of Alexander Technique (a mind-body method) and was proficient in Chi-lel (a healing exercise). He also walked every day. After an unexpected diagnosis of Mantle cell lymphoma he entered Hospice in February of 2015 and died on a sunny Sunday afternoon, May 10, 2015. There will be no calling hours. A private family memorial service will be held later. The Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St Oswego is in care of the arrangements.

2 thoughts on “Daniel P. Barach

  1. Our deepest sympathies to the Barach family. Dr. and Mrs. Barach were so very kind to our son who took viola lessons in their home weekly for years. We will remember him always.

  2. He taught me to have an appreciation for opera that I never had before taking his class. Wonderful man.

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