Avid traveler liked to have some company
The memory of Barbara Henning-Capps will live on in the travel club Barbara’s Tour and Travel, which she and her husband operated for more than 22 years.
“We just loved to travel, and we loved putting things together, and we wanted people to travel with us,” said her husband, Dave Henning.
Barbara Henning-Capps of Pittsburgh’s North Side died on Sunday, June 22, 2014, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 86.
Mrs. Henning-Capps grew up in the North Side and graduated from the former Allegheny High School. She was active in volunteer work, her husband said.
When her first husband died, Mrs. Henning-Capps returned to work as a saleswoman, and later as manager at Sears, where she worked for 23 years. She retired in 1990. Two years later, after a successful planned outing to Toronto, she and Henning decided to go into business for themselves.
“She was fascinated about getting people together and making a good time for everybody involved,” Henning said.
The business was mostly directed to seniors interested in traveling, he said. The couple planned trips to locales ranging from the Canadian Rockies to Ireland to Downtown Pittsburgh, and then traveled with the club members.
By the end of her life, Mrs. Henning-Capps had traveled to 45 states and several countries.
“We’d just have a good time,” Henning said. “It became just like a family that came with us.”
Deanna Greene, a family friend and traveler with the club since 2001, said Mrs. Henning-Capps was passionate about her work.
“When you join the club, you become part of their family,” Greene said. “That’s just how they treat you.”
In addition to her husband, Dave, Mrs. Henning-Capps is survived by daughters Lori B. Feola, Peggy A. Kopke and Ginny M. Sciulli, all of the North Hills; stepsons David L. Henning Jr. of State College and Douglas L. Henning of Jacksonville; sisters Margaret Turner of the North Hills and Nancy Welsh of the North Side; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in T.B. Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Highway, Ross. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Nativity Church, Incarnation of the Lord Parish, in the North Side.
Megan Henney is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.