Barbara Wallace


In Loving

Barbara Wallace

Nov 29, 2009

Barbara Borgatta Wallace, 55, of Mineral, passed away, Sunday afternoon, November 29, 2009, surrounded by family and freinds after a 5 year battle with breast cancer.

Mrs. Wallace taught Italian at University of Richmond, VCU, and sometimes The University of Virginia.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years: Michael, her parents: William J. and Joan Borgatta, of Willmington, NC, brothers: Charles and wife Eileen of Lindhurst, NY, William A. and wife Kathy Nelson of Levitown, NY, sister: Joan Marie & husband David Webster of Austin, TX; aunts: Helen Vogle of Chicago, Ill, Irene Bober of Elizabeth, N.J., 3 nieces and 1 nephew, numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Bon Secours Hospice in Richmond.

A Celebration of life will be held 3:00- 5:00 P.M., Sunday, December 6, 2009, at Lacy Funeral Home, Mineral.

Lacy Funeral Home, is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the Wallace family online at



  1. Britteny Ashby August 3, 2019 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Professor Wallace was a rare gem. I know that I and the Italian Department at VCU will cherish always her memory.

  2. La Dell H. Rollins August 3, 2019 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Mr. Wallace and Family:Please accept my heartfelt and sincere love and condolences for you and your family during this difficult time. The two of you shared many beautiful memories, now she is free, so when tomorrow start out without her – she is alaways near. Will keep you in my prayers.

  3. Pamela Poe August 3, 2019 at 6:23 am - Reply

    We loved Barbara here in Modern Literatures and Cultures. Our Italian program would not be so sucessful without her contribution. And I always looked forward to chatting with her about the collies and life in general. She was a good story teller, a good colleague and will be greatly missed. But we are glad that her suffering is over.May God bless you with his peace and comfort.

  4. David Webster August 3, 2019 at 6:23 am - Reply

    In your sorrow remember lives, like fingerprints are unique, Cherish the fingerprints left behind and Celebrate a life well lived.

  5. George Drewry August 3, 2019 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Mike,On behalf of the faculty and staff at Smyth, I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of Barbara. I cannot imagine the loss that you feel at this time but your memories of your life together will help to sustain you. We will be here to help in any way that we can and provide support whenever you may need it. Never hesitate to ask. We are thinking of you.George Drewry

  6. Max Abrams August 3, 2019 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Dear Mike,We are so sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Max, Deon, Chuck & Lyn and all the crew at Grayhaven Winery

  7. Kathryn Murphy-Judy August 3, 2019 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Barbara will be missed by all of us, colleagues and students alike. My sincerest condolences to your whole family.

  8. Kathy & Phil Crist August 3, 2019 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Mike, Thanks so much for calling me. We are so sorry about Barbara. She sure gave it her best.We may not be able to make it to the memorial on Sunday. We have a family commitment, but we will try. Please keep in touch

  9. Clarence McGill August 3, 2019 at 6:24 am - Reply

    I would like to send my sincere Condolences to you Mike and your family in this time of grief. Please know that I am praying for you and your family to support each other. Please know that I will help you in your time of need in any way necessary…thanx

  10. Yolanda T. Chavis August 3, 2019 at 6:24 am - Reply

    She’s in a better place right nowThan she’s ever been before;All pain is gone; she’s now at rest;Nothing troubles her anymore.It’s we who feel the burden ofOur sadness and our grief;.We have to cry, to mourn our loss,Before we get relief.We know we’ll reconnect with herAt the end of each life’s road;We’ll see her cherished face againWhen we release our earthly load.

  11. Dino Leon August 3, 2019 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Mike,I am so sorry to hear the news about Barbara’s passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family at this time of grief. I have many wonderful memories of Barbara going back over 30 years–she will be missed. I am here to help in any way.Your friend, Dino

  12. Dot Jennings August 3, 2019 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Mike, You know that I am here for you and that I loved Barbara dearly..I have so many wonderful memories of our many trips across the country going to the Nationals…I will keep all these fun times in my heart and please know that I honestly believe that Barbara is in a better place. Love, Dot

  13. June Pearson August 3, 2019 at 6:25 am - Reply

    With deepest sympathy to you and your family. CTE Department, John H. Smyth School, Hanover, VA

  14. Casandra Sullivan August 3, 2019 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Mr. Wallace,I was sadden to hear of the loss of your wife. I meet her once and found her to be a very sweet person. I know you will miss her, but take peace in knowing that she is now in a better place. Just keep her in your heart and she will always be with you. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  15. Janine Fennell August 3, 2019 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Dear Mike,Words cannot express the deepest sympathies that I have for you and your family. Barbara was an essential part of my education and I was extremely fortunate to view Perugia and Italy with all of the quirky little pieces of knowledge of each city that she knew. I often think of the time that we all shared together with the sweetest of emotions. I feel fortunate to have known her and I will always remember her. With love to you and your family,

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