August 15, 1928 - January 31, 2018
Barbara Louise Zollinger was born August 15, 1928 in the small town of Oregon, Illinois to William and Rose Zollinger. Surviving the Great Depression, her family moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1948, where she graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in education and a minor in music. She married Jack W. Lingafelter in 1951 and moved to Richland, Washington to begin her teaching career. Barbara taught second grade for several years before becoming the mother of two sons, John in 1955 and Mark in 1962.
The family moved to the California Bay Area in the early ‘60s where Barbara began a rich and fulfilling career in the theater. Barbara’s love for the arts included singing, acting, teaching, and directing. She taught acting at the Peninsula Conservatory of Music and was a leading actress, singer, and teacher with the Comedia Repertory Company in Palo Alto, with parts in 40 shows, including The Boyfriend, The King and I, Damn Yankees, Pal Joey, Twelfth Night; Faust, Chalk Garden, The Seagull, and The Glass Menagerie.
Barbara and Jack moved to the Santa Cruz area in 1971. She co-founded the Santa Cruz Actors’ Theater in 1985, where she performed plays such as Our Town, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and her one-woman show, Carousel of Life, featuring music by Jacques Brel, Stephen Sondheim, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Barbara was enamored with Emily Dickinson’s life and performed an adaptation of The Belle of Amherst. In 1990, Barbara was a soloist with the Santa Cruz Symphony, singing a collection of Jacques Brel songs.
She was known for her philanthropic spirit, and had a heart for the less fortunate, donating much of her resources to charitable organizations. Barbara loved nature and was an avid traveler; she loved to buy and restore old homes that had been neglected and decorate them with the artifacts she collected from her travels.
Barbara moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1999 to be close to her family, including her two grandchildren, Johnny Lingafelter and Amy Kementzis. She loved to attend Shakespeare plays, the symphony and sang in her local church’s choir.
Barbara Louise Zollinger passed away peacefully in her home January 31, 2018. She is survived by her sons, John Robbins Lingafelter and Mark Gordon Lingafelter; her daughter-in-law, Rhonda Lingafelter; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held May 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Mountain Meadows Rogue Room with a reception afterwards. All are welcomed to attend.