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Barbara W. Matthews-Hemm

December 20, 1947 ~ July 15, 2019 (age 71)

Malta - Barbara W. Matthews-Hemm, 71, passed away on Monday, July 15th, 2019 surrounded by loving family and friends, after a long battle with cancer.


Barb was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts on December 20th, 1947. She was the daughter of the late Wallace H. Metcalf and Elizabeth Ward-Metcalf. Barb graduated from Niskayuna High School in 1966, where she then went on to become an inspirational nurse for over 50 years.


Barb was known for her love of sewing, embroidery, and vacationing with family and friends. 

Barb is predeceased by her late husband, Louis Hemm, her sister Margaret Long, and her beloved dog, Button. She is survived by her two sons, Scott (Carolyn) Matthews and Neil (Michele) Matthews, sister, Patricia (David) Glider, and brother, Wallace (Wendy) Metcalf. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Katelyn, Brooke, Scott (Phylicia), Dawn and Steven. Barbara is also survived by many loving family members and friends who will all miss her dearly.


We would like to extend special thanks to the staff of St. Peter’s Hospital Hospice Inn for the compassion they provided during this difficult time.


A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Schenectady Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309. Family and friends may call from 10:00 to 11:00 am, prior to the service at the church.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 310 South Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208. To leave a message of condolence for the family, visit

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