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1945 Barb 2023

Barbara V. Thompson

April 30, 1945 — July 12, 2023

Toughkenamon, PA

   For those unable to attend Barbara’s memorial in person, you can join us virtually via this link:

    Barbara V. Thompson, 78 yrs., of Toughkenamon, PA, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. After a short fight with cancer, she succumbed to complications related to the disease.

     Barbara was known for her warm, caring spirit, her sense of humor, her desire to serve others, and her independence.  She loved her three cats.

     Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of Raymond VanLenten and Joyce Green VanLenten of Paoli.

     Barbara graduated from Lycoming College in 1967 earning her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Administration with a Concentration in Social Work from West Chester University in 1988. She was a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and Social Worker for Gaudenzia in West Chester until her retirement in 2021.

     She was a part of Providence Church in West Chester.

     She is survived by her son, Dr. Chip and his wife Audrey Roper of New York City; by her four granddaughters, Brianne Roper Cochran of Philadelphia, Abigayle Roper McIntyre of New York City, Devan Roper of Long Beach, CA and Aaliyah Lopez of Downingtown, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her stepson, Recardo Thompson.

     You are invited to visit with Barbara’s family and friends from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at Providence Church, 430 Hannum Ave, main sanctuary, 3rd floor, West Chester, PA.  A memorial service celebrating her life will follow at 7:00pm. Contributions in her memory may be made to Safe Harbor, Providence Church, or her son Chip's Ministry, Voca Center in NYC

     Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. of Kennett Square, PA (484-734-8100).  Condolences may be shared at

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