Barbara Jean Kaplan was 65 years old


Barbara Jean Kaplan (nee Goodfried) of Oakland, Calif., died on Dec. 20 after a long battle with cancer. She was 65. 

Ms. Kaplan was born in Manhattan to Edward J. Goodfried and Jean W. Deligdish on July 6, 1947. She grew up in Riverdale and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. She attended Harpur College and graduated from the City College of New York with a BA in psychology.  

She married Roy Allan Kaplan on Aug. 24, 1967 in Syracuse, N.Y. Ms. Kaplan started her career as a social worker, later became a medical office manager, and then a travel agent. She was an avid skier, and loved bridge, board games, card games, international travel, needlepoint and knitting, her family said.

She will be remembered for her tireless community volunteer work for the Contra Costa JCC, Women of Isaiah of Temple Isaiah and Wardrobe for Opportunity and Hadassah. She served in leadership roles in many of those organizations.

Many remember her as a mentor, counselor and confidant, her family said. She accumulated and maintained friendships and relationships throughout her life, remaining close with many cherished friends from childhood, college and adulthood. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, her family said.

Ms. Kaplan is survived by her husband of 45 years, Roy; sons David (Jennifer) of Media, Pa. and Marc (Libra) of Oakland, Calif.; granddaughters Dalia and Lila; and brother Alan Goodfried (Jaine Kopp) of El Cerrito, Calif. 

Memorial services were held at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, Calif. on Dec. 18, prior to internment at Gan Shalom Cemetery in Briones, Calif. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to be made to the Women of Isaiah Fund of Temple Isaiah, Diablo Valley Chapter of Hadassah, Wardrobe for Opportunity or the John Muir Hospital Foundation.