Mr. Carlos E. Ibarra

Mr. Carlos E. Ibarra


March 11, 2023

Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Carlos E Ibarra, 90, of Cobleskill, NY who  died on Saturday, March 11, 2023. He is the widower of Rev. Barbara J. Ibarra who died in October 2021.

Carlos was born in Salta, Argentina, on January 16, 1933. He was the son of Luis Alberto Ibarra and Mercedes Fernandez de Ibarra. As a boy, Carlos worked beside his dad in the family bicycle shop where he learned the value of hard work, which would serve him well through life. In his youth, he was active in rugby, “futbol”, tennis, and anything to do with motorcycles. As he grew, he put an eye to the sky, studying for and obtaining his pilot license. He enjoyed sharing stories of his small plane adventures in the skies above the Argentine countryside.

In 1961, he traveled to the U.S. as part of a church-based Mission. He decided to stay. It wasn’t long before he met the love of his life, Barbara Jane Jacobsen. Carlos and Barbara were married in 1965, and together built a family of five: Jonathan, Steven, Lisa, David and Anamaria.

During a career spanning five decades, Carlos commuted “down-state” weekly to Rockland County. He began working for Beckerle & Brown, managing a large commercial leasing business until retirement. Driven by his ambitious spirit he also started an accounting practice, opening an office on Main Street in Middleburgh, NY. where he offered financial advice, bookkeeping, and tax prep services to the community.

A standout moment for Carlos was the day he became a U.S. Citizen. Life experiences gave him a full appreciation for the opportunities afforded to all in the United States of America. He loved this country and flew the stars and stripes proudly.

As a born-again Christian, a man of great faith, and devoted servant of the Lord, he lived a life of humility and love. He instilled a strong faith-based foundation in his kids, and will be remembered for his generosity of spirit, kindness to all, and terrific sense of humor.

Carlos leaves behind his five kids: Jonathan (Cheryl) Ibarra, Steven (Jill) Ibarra, Lisa (William) Himme, David (Karen) Ibarra, Ana Brandt, nine grandchildren; Joshua, Nathan, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Danielle, Sarah, Evan, Olivia, Ava and one great grandchild Haven. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara, brother Luis and grandson Jacob E. Himme.

The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated team of professional caregivers that made their dad’s final days joyful and peaceful.

A funeral was held on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Calvary Assembly of God Church, 960 Mineral Springs Rd., Cobleskill, NY with Rev. Ray Richards officiating. Burial will take place at the Richmondville Rural Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions in Carlos’ memory may be made to Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Rd., Unit 1, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Blessings and prayers to the Ibarra family at this time of loss.