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Barb Fulara dies at 61

Barb Fulara
Barb Fulara

SPRING VALLEY — Long-time Hall High School teacher and librarian Barbara Fulara is being remembered for her generosity and caring personality, along with her passion for her profession and courageous battle with cancer.

Fulara, 61, of Dalzell died Monday in her home.

She touched the lives of many and was a well known figure in the community through her involvement in many school activities including Drama Club, Thespians, Debate Team, Radio Club, National Honor Society, LEO Club and more.

She was a long-time friend and support system to the Wolsfeld family, who previously resided in Spring Valley.

Candyce Wolsfeld explained when her youngest daughter was battling cancer, Fulara was there giving her encouragement and inspiration through her battle.

“I can remember Zoey’s first Relay for Life, and Barb was there and battling cancer, too. She really spoke to us and talked to Zoey, and I thought, ‘What a courageous woman! Here she is battling her own cancer, and she’s taking the time to talk with Zoey,” she said. “She was a huge support system to our whole family, and she showed us how to do it with grace.

“I can’t say enough good things about Barb Fulara,” Wolsfeld continued. “She was just classy, generous and a loving person that I had the privilege of knowing, and she’s was always there for anybody when they needed help.”

Hall High School English teacher Teresa Colmone was first introduced to Fulara back in 1988 when she came to Hall as a student teacher.

“She was good-hearted, very caring and passionate about her profession and her students,” she said. “She was very much about faith and would always follow things up with a quote about faith and courage. She was a big seize-the-moment type of person.”

One thing Colmone will always remember about Fulara is how she would personally tell people what she saw about them that was good.

“If you walked through the library and she had heard something about you or saw something good you had done, she would always comment on it,” Colmone said. “It was very uplifting when she did that.”

There is no doubt Fulara’s family and faith were important to her, but Colmone believes Hall High School was equally important in Fulara’s life.

“She loved her job. She would always comment on how much she loved her colleagues, loved the administration and her students,” she said. “I find it a little ironic that she died on the first day of school, which would have been her first day of retirement because this was such a huge part of her life.”

Hall High School art teacher Karen Klopcic was also well acquainted with Fulara. She will always remember her as a good friend with an outgoing personality, who was always willing to step up and volunteer if anyone needed the help.

“She was respected by many people, including her students. She treated them how she wanted to be treated, and students picked up on that,” she said. “She was someone they highly respected.”

Yesenia Castro, a former student of Fulara. will always remember how big of an inspiration she was to anybody and everyone.

“She was the school librarian but a mentor to so many people. She inspired a lot of people,” she said. “She was always happy and nice and wwould help anyone no matter who they were. People would visit her for advice and she would always give the best advice possible. She was amazing.”

Hall High School Superintendent Mike Struna explained Fulara loved and lived Hall High School.

“As a matter of fact, she lived on campus in the old superintendent’s house when she was a young teacher,” he said. “What I will remember the most about her was her unwavering faith in God, no matter how many times her cancer came back, she was always positive and had faith in God’s will.”

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