Barbara Ann (Simonds) Radcliff

Aug 6 1933
Jan 31 2020
86 Years
Wyomissing, formerly of Downingtown

Barbara Ann (Simonds) Radcliff, age 86, of Wyomissing and formerly of Downingtown, PA, died on January 31, 2020, at the Highlands of Wyomissing.  

Born August 6, 1933, in Rochester, NY, Mrs. Radcliff was the daughter of Walter W. and Lillian (Northrop) Simonds and the wife of the late Richard L. Radcliff, who died April 16, 2015.  She is survived by her daughter Lynn R. Macadangdang (Robert) of Wyomissing, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Robin R. Yontz (Thomas).

She was a 1954 graduate of Penn State University and a 1967 graduate of Drexel University with an MLS degree.

Mrs. Radcliff retired in 1993 as Director of Children’s Services of the Chester County Library.  She also served as head of the Downingtown Public Library and an elementary librarian in the Downingtown School District.

Mrs. Radcliff was a member of Lincoln Park Community United Methodist Church and an active member of Central Presbyterian Church, Downingtown, PA for 50 years.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at  Lincoln Park Community United Methodist Church, 1 Carlisle Ave., Reading, PA 19609. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation period taking place from 1 PM until the start of the service. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lincoln Park Community United Methodist Church, 1 Carlisle Ave., Reading, PA 19609.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg.  Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Feb 15 2020 - 1:30pm
Service Location: 
Lincoln Park Community United Methodist Church, 1 Carlisle Ave., Reading, PA 19609.


Barbara Radclifff was my next-door neighbor at The Highlands.  I am so saddened by her death, as she was so kind to me when I moved to The Highlands ln May 2019.  She became the person I had dinner with every Tuesday evening. We shared a love of Royalty Mgazines, books,and animals (especially dogs).  When I saw her in Skilled Care two weeks ago, I had no idea that she wouldn't be with us much longer.  I know how she was so excited at the birth of her new granddaughter Zoe.  

To her daughter, Lynn, who was so close to her mother, please rest assured that she is in Heaven with your father, and your sister, and at peace.  She will be missed greatly.

-Marie Piacine, Apartment 303, at The Highlands.




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Mrs. Radcliff was like a second mother to me during my teenage years. She always made me feel welcome in her home and her kindness meant the world to me. I have so many wonderful memories of her that I will never forget. She truly was a special individual whose spirit touched many people. I am grateful that she was a part of my life. 
To Lynn and all those who loved her, I am deeply sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace.

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She was a great person and a great teacher to me . I had her in special education classes that I had .

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Mrs Radcliffe was my librarian at beaver creek.
She always let me help out and recognized me before I recognized her many years later when I was working at croppers.
She was an amazing person and the reason I love to read

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Barbara was my public library mentor, influencing the path of my library career forever! She hired me as Children's Librarian at the Chester County Library and, after her retirement, I was privileged to move into her position as Head of Youth Services, spending 10 years in that department. Barbara's influence was felt deeply into the library community and influenced me as I moved into public library administration.  She always always put the children and their families first, bringing new services to them--within the library and out in the community, including un- and underserved children and families. My deepest condolences to her family, whom she loved so well! We will miss her. Peace and blessings, Cathy Stout

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Barbara will remain special in our hearts.   She was a longtime friend at Central Presbyterian Church, a member of Deborah Circle and we enjoyed her delightful warm spirit.   Barbara hosted our June Picnic outdoors in midst of beautiful yard and flower gardens in Downingtown.  I also remember Barbara as "Downingtown Library Story Lady"  who read to my pre-school children in 1970's at Downingtown Library.  We enjoyed seeing her family at Church every Sunday, and Barbara taught CPC's special needs adult sunday school class.  The Radcliff family remains dear to many and we cherish those wonderful memories forever.  


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To Lynn and your family. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother.  She was great.  She always made me feel special at Beaver Creek. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.  God Bless always.

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Barbara will be greatly missed. I've known her my entire life, but unfortunately I haven't seen her for the last couple of decades since I moved out west. She was my guardian and friend and I will miss her dearly. I honestly can't ever remember a time when I ever heard a word in anger from her. She had a beautiful sprit both inside and out. I adored spending time at their gorgeous house in Downingtown, exploring the yard and playing with their spaniels. Barbara and Dick helped to build my house, Robin and Lynn babysat me and my sister babysat for Barbara's grandkids. She was one of the best people I've ever had the pleasure to meet. To this day I remember working with her at the library at my elementary school and how much I enjoyed shelving books with her. The only consolation is that she is now reunited with Robin and Dick. You will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to Lynn and the rest of the family.

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