Barbara Placco (1958 - 1986)

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Barbara Placco
1958 - 1986
October 19, 1958
September 1986
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Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 02906
Barbara Placco was born on October 19, 1958. She is the child of Oscar Placco and Katherine (Holmes) Placco. She died in September 1986 at 27 years old. We know that Barbara Placco had been residing in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 02906.
Updated: July 28, 2022
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Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 02906
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East Catholic High School, Manchester CT. Graduated in 1977.


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Tim Donovan commented on Oct 22, 2017
The deceased was an old classmate of mine, at Bentley elementary school, Manchester CT. I only saw her there one year, when she was in Miss Freeman's third grade class, 1966-67. I didn't know the person well but she seemed to be a nice girl. I'm saddened by her passing at such a young age. RIP Barbara.
Deborah Pierce commented on Oct 03, 2021
Hello Tim. I worked for Oscar Placco, Barbara's father, for a brief perdiod of time when he was employed by GE and living in Cincinnati. He was a wonderful and supportive manager. It was during that time that Barbara was diagnosed with cancer. I am sorry, but I do not remember what type of cancer. Oscar was devastated, as he loved his daughter with his whole heart and soul. Months later, Barbara was in remission, and Oscar was grinning from ear to ear when he came in to tell me the news. Shortly after, Oscar took another job and moved back to Massachusetts (I believe). Unfortunately we did not stay in touch, but I heard a year or so down the road that the cancer had returned and Barbara had died. Oscar lived on until 2012. [external link] I hope you find this information useful. I never met her personally, but saw many family photos and she was a very beautiful lady.
Tim Donovan commented on Oct 23, 2017
For a time she attended religious instruction classes at St Bridget in Manchester. One day, the regular teacher was absent and "fire and brimstone" Delaney was a substitute. Predictably, he was soon chewing out the class. Barbara Placco was then seated near the front, close to him. She seemed very uncomfortable and may never have returned.
Tim Donovan commented on Oct 23, 2017
In my third grade class (1966-67), Barbara Placco was seated just to my right. She was fairly extroverted. One day I had an open book on my desk, about whales. Curious about a picture in the book she leaned over and asked a question or two, which I did my best to answer. This exchange caused Gary Colby, seated nearby, to snicker about "Donovan and Placco" being romantically involved. Kids....
Tim Donovan commented on Oct 23, 2017
One day, Barbara was in front of the class showing pictures of a naval vessel her father had served on or was associated with. If I remember correctly the vessel was seen from above on the pic(s) i.e. from the air. This is one reason I don't doubt the deceased was my old classmate. Her father, who passed away in 2012, was in the Navy. He was an aviator, so if my memory of a vessel photographed from above is accurate that may explain it. Mr Placco was also at Pratt and Whitney, which has long employed a lot of people in this area.
Tim Donovan commented on Oct 05, 2021
Hi Deborah. Thanks for your input. When some time ago I asked (in a facebook group) why Barbara had died so young somebody said leukemia (cancer of the blood). I was aware that Oscar had passed. I've seen only one picture of Barbara, in the 1977 East Catholic high school yearbook. I wonder if anybody could post those family pics you mentioned. Btw my older brother and his wife knew Barbara--under much different circumstances later c 1980. Barbara gave a gift to my nephew Matt when he was born that year.
Deborah Pierce commented on Jan 02
Hi Tim happy new year. The pictures I have seen were in Oscar’s possession. One thing I remember is beautiful waist length blonde hair…. Wish I could help more.


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Barbara Placco passed away in September 1986 at 27 years of age. She was born on October 19, 1958. She is the child of Oscar Placco and Katherine (Holmes) Placco. We know that Barbara Placco had been residing in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 02906.

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In 1958, in the year that Barbara Placco was born, on March 24th, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army. Although he could have served in Special Services as an entertainer, he chose to become a regular soldier. Almost everyone thought it would be the end of his career - it wasn't.

In 1964, when she was just 6 years old, in June, three young civil rights workers - Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner from New York City, and James Chaney from Meridian, Mississippi - were kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi. Working with "Freedom Summer", they were registering African-Americans to vote in the Southern states. Their bodies were found two months later. Although it was discovered that the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office and the Philadelphia, Mississippi Police Department were involved, only 7 men were convicted and served less than six years.

In 1966, by the time she was only 8 years old, on July 1st, Medicare became available after President Johnson signed into law the Medicare Act in 1965. President Truman had received the first Medicare card since he had been the first to propose national healthcare law. insurance.

In 1971, by the time she was only 13 years old, in March, Intel shipped the first microprocessor to Busicom, a Japanese manufacturer of calculators. The microprocessor has since allowed computers to become smaller and faster, leading to smaller and more versatile handheld devices, home computers, and supercomputers.

In 1986, in the year of Barbara Placco's passing, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

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