Barbara Prezioso Prezioso

Profile Updated: April 8, 2019
Barbara Prezioso
Residing In: Plantation, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Marcos
Occupation: Realtor and work for years with my certified therapy dogs in schools and hospice. Worked a year in Marjorie Stoneman Douglas in Parkland after tragic shooting.
Children/Grandchildren: Randall , born 1966, 2 grandsons, Arlo, born 2006, Zeno, born 2008,one more grandchild born on April More…16, 2014, a baby girl named Gaia to son Randall and his wife.
Daughter, Suzanne born 1968, 3 granddaughters,
Bridget-2002, Celia Anne-2005, Audrey-2007
Yes! Attending Reunion
How I've spent the last 50 years:

So where does one begin after 50 years. As we all know it is surreal that 50 years have gone by. But alas, it has. My life has been filled with many trials and tribulations, many joys and sorrows too. But my Buba (my Jewish side), would say in her broken English, if we do not have the sorrows how do we know the joys.
I married at 20 years old, had two great kids, Randall, is 43 a J.D. and a PHD, currently for the past 8 years is a professor of Peace and Justice Studies, Is the director of the Peace and Justice Association of all universities, and his wife, Leenie ,well, we love each other.
He has 2 boys, 3 and 1 1/2, and I spend lots of time in Arizona on his 6 acre farm complete with horses, goats, and other various animals.
My daughter Suzanne, met her husband Joe, in the U. of Miami Law School, and they are married 13 years, and they are 40.
They live in Palo alto, Ca. and Joe is an attorney with FACEBook. My 3 granddaughters are wonderful, and so the past 10years or so, I am always travelling to Ca. and Az.
Divorced from their father after 10 years of marriage, basically raised the children on my own, one salary, me the only adult, and I have been blessed with truly good kids. I am also very proud of their successes, as I worked very hard to help them through the years, educating them and most of all loving them. Now I am receiving the rewards. Spent many years robbing( figuratively) Peter to pay Paul, as my choice of a career
has been Real Estate. I began in Commercial Industrial Real Estate in Brooklyn in 1981. In those days we did not have computers, we worked from large MLS books, and I one of very few women in the field, as the lawyers, majority of buyers and sellers were men.
It was a very engaging and interesting field and I learned much about business as well as life.
Sold many properties in the Flatbush area, one being the old Nostrand movie theatre, which I sold to a buyer, and marketed again for the seller at a later date, and resold again.
I sold many properties in declining area, such as the old Loews theater in Bushwich section of Brooklyn. Bill Lee, his wife, and then 5 year old son was a client( Spike Lee's Father).
I could go on and on with this 10 year period of stories. Perhaps, I should consider writing a book. Which I am sure most of us can say! All and all, it was a career that helped me send my kids to undergrad, and to Law School. Although in many ways this was a very trying time, being a sole supporter and raising my kids, it was a wonderful time in my life. They tell me and write to me so many times " that all they became and achieved was because of me being their Mom".
And now I have 5 grands to love and enjoy.
Moved to Florida in 1991. and I spent the next 12 or so years enjoying my wonderful Mom and Dad who lived in Fl. since 1973. Many who know me, remember my Mom was Jewish, and my Dad, Italian. Sooo, I am a good Jewish cook, and especially very good at Italian cuisine as well.
When Cher, came out with the song"half Breed", that became my song.
It has been an interesting combination.
I have been selling residential real estate in Florida for 18 years.
I am still working through this extremely difficult real estate market, and this year so far is proving to be the best since 2006. I travel frequently and being a realtor affords me much time to do so.
My love for the past 6 years has been a 6 year old Bichon Frise named Buddy. Over 4 years ago, he was certified and registered in the United States as a Pet Therapy dog. We have volunteered in nursing homes, hospitals and childrens facilities. We currently work in the Veterans Nursing Home and he brings joy to many people. We also volunteer at the Humane Society.
More to say, however, it will be wonderful to meet so many after 50 years and swap stories .

My favorite Erasmus memories:

To be continued another time. So many incredible memories will do another time.

What would most surprise friends who haven't seen me since Erasmus:

That I have been a Commercial Realtor in Brooklyn for many years, that I know how to sail and love the open seas, that I always wanted to be a beachcomber, and although I never have, I still dream of this, and since I know I will LIVE many more years, I still plan to do so.
Good new news,
My son Randall and his family moved to Baltimore, Md. and Randall is the Director of the Peace Studies program at Georgetown University.

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Apr 21, 2019 at 11:11 AM

Hi Richard, Welcome to our website. We are planning a 60th reunion WOW for us grads. I need your email address to let you know what and when this is happening.
Hope to hear from you soon. Also, I see you are in Smithtown, I lived in Commack, now living in Florida.
Barbara

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Apr 08, 2019 at 11:51 AM

My first therapy dog Buddy the bichon, and he and I worked for 12 years from the time he was 2, until he was 14, as a pet therapy team. We lost him to cancer, and so devatated were Marcos and I and Ava Peach our poodle, that we adopted a rescue who was terribly abused. She loves her new family and we love her.

Apr 08, 2019 at 11:46 AM

My certified Therapy pup name Ava Peach, who brings so much joy to students, the elderly and all who she encounters.

Apr 08, 2019 at 11:42 AM
Apr 08, 2019 at 11:36 AM

Ahhh, I see that David is our grad as well.

Apr 08, 2019 at 11:35 AM

Hi Maida, Hope you are doing so well. We are planning a 60th reunion and I need your email address to keep you apprised of the reunion, in June, 2020.
Send here or to
Barbprez@aol.com
Warm Regards Barbara

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Apr 08, 2019 at 10:54 AM

Irene, I thought I just sent you a message, not sure if it went through
60th reunion coming up JUne, 2020.
Please send me your email address to keep you apprised of this fabulous event

Apr 08, 2019 at 10:52 AM

Hi Irene, Hope you are doing very well. We are in the planning stages of a 60th reunion for our class in June, 2020.
Very exciting and I am here in South Florida and compiling a list of our 1960 grads to keep you all posted of the reunion.Please send me your email address to Barbprez@aol.com or post here for me to include you.
Some call this our last hurrah!
Hope to hear from you; looked you up in the ARCH and there you are.

Best Regards,
Barbara

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Aug 28, 2015 at 8:34 PM

 

 

 

So very saddened to hear of Zelda's passing.  She is remembered by me as very bright and always had a smile 

We went to PS 217 together and then onto Erasmus Hall. my best and prayers sent to her husband and family. Rest in peace Zelda

Barbara Prezioso 

Class of 1960

 

 

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