Bobbi was married to Danny Allen Ortega of Leuzinger High School's Class of 1980 on June 28th 1981, but they later divorced in 1988. Danny and Barbara remained friends.
Prior to her 12 years at American Airlines, Bobbi worked as a F/A at Eastern Airlines. Eastern Airlines ceased operations in 1991. Frank Lorenzo acquired Eastern in 1985 and moved many of its assets to his other airlines, including Continental Airlines and Texas Air. After continued labor disputes and a crippling strike in 1989, Eastern ran out of money and was liquidated in 1991.
Bobbi subscribed to Best Friends Animal Society and was a huge animal lover. She loved helping stray and unwanted cats. She frequently visited shelters just to play with the animals.
Bobbi was also a member of the Ladybug Knitting Club which met at The Ladybug Knitting Shop in Dennis, Massachussetts. The knitters oooh'd and aaah'd over their completed projects and exchanged knitting tips. And in true community spirit, every month the group would get together for a huge potluck where knitters would talk with old friends and meet new ones. The shop has since closed its doors.
"Bobbi loved her job and was extremely proud of her many accomplishments. Even when she was a little girl, one of her favorite pastimes was playing with her Barbie dolls and the “Barbie Dreamship” which for those of you who remember those old days, was a toy replica of an airline cockpit, and she would play for hours living vicariously through her Barbie as a flight attendant, so you see, even then, she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up! When she fulfilled her dream, the first hub assigned to her was New York City."
Sharon Arestegui, Barbara's Older Sister