Hundreds fill NYC church to remember Barbara Maier Gustern killed in attack

Beloved 87-year-old voice coach Barbara Maier Gustern, who was shoved to her demise in a surprising assault this month, was remembered Saturday as “a drive of nature” who lived life with out worry.

Gustern was strolling on West twenty eighth Road on March 10 when Lauren Pazienza, 26, allegedly known as her a “bitch,” and pushed her to the sidewalk. Gustern, a singer who went on to show and whose shoppers included Debbie Harry in addition to Broadway performers, died March 15.

Pazienza, who lives in Astoria, turned herself in Tuesday morning. She was charged with manslaughter and assault, and launched from Rikers Island Friday after her dad and mom posted bail.

The unprovoked assault on Gustern passed off throughout the road from the Church of the Holy Apostles, the place a whole bunch of mourners gathered.

A bell tolled 87 instances to mark annually of Gustern’s life

“Eight many years of incomparable integrity and love, misplaced to a random act of mindless violence,” this system for the service learn noting Gustern was attacked “inside window view of her Chelsea dwelling.”

Mourners hug AJ Gustern, back to camera, grandson of Barbara Maier Gustern
The memorial passed off on the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea.
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People gather at a memorial service for Barbara Maier Gustern at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea.
Individuals collect at a memorial service in Chelsea for Gustern.
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Program for a memorial service for Barbara Maier Gustern
An individual holds this system for Gustern’s memorial service.
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Gustern earned a grasp’s diploma in counseling and scientific psychology from Columbia College, earlier than discovering a ardour for singing. She carried out with the New York Metropolis Opera, Fifth Avenue Opera, Greenwich Symphony and on quite a few cruise ship excursions, this system learn.

The Rev. Anna Pearson, the church rector, stated Gustern spoke lately in regards to the challenges of a performing arts profession and the way she would really feel herself getting adverse if she wasn’t employed.

 “I decided. I made a decision to be pleased for the success of others,” Pearson recalled her saying. “I made a decision to not examine myself to anybody else and to have a good time the nice regardless of the place I noticed it regardless of who benefitted from it.”

Mourners hug AJ Gustern, wearing glasses, grandson of Barbara Maier Gustern.
Barbara Maier Gustern’s grandson is embraced at his grandmother’s memorial.
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Barbara Maier Gustern
The well-known vocal sofa died March 15 after she was shoved.
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Gustern’s husband, Joe, who carried out in “Phamtom of the Opera,” died in 2017. Their solely youngster, Katherine, died in 2003.

Gustern’s grandson, AJ Gustern, stated his grandmother “labored so exhausting to make me really feel worthy of my very own humanity.”

“I can say with certainty if my ‘BobBob’ didn’t step as much as fill the void left by my mom I wouldn’t be right here with all you right now,” he stated.

AJ Gustern
AJ Gustern attends his grandmother’s memorial.
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The service included a recording of Gustern and her husband singing “Sunday’s Little one.” The group leapt to its ft and applauded when it was over.

In the meantime, there was no signal of Gustern’s attacker Saturday at her Astoria condo constructing or her dad and mom’ dwelling in Port Jefferson on Lengthy Island.

Her father, Daniel, who was out strolling a canine on a close-by seaside, refused to remark.

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