`B.j.' Stubinski Meany, Country Singer

Posted: August 06, 1999

Barbara ``B.J.'' Stubinski Meany, 53, of Rosemont, a country-western singer and songwriter who performed with local bands for nearly two decades, died of cancer Monday at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

She was lead singer for Cross Fork, a local country-western band, from its inception in 1989 until its breakup in 1993. It performed throughout the area, including the Goshen Country Fair in Chester County, at the Hearth in Pipersville, and at Northampton Township's open-air theater in Bucks County.

In 1991, she and the band won first place at the Marlboro Music Roundup at the Chestnut Cabaret with their original material and blend of acoustic and electronic instrumentation.

In 1985, she recorded a song, ``Wylie, Texas,'' which made her an instant success in the small town near Dallas where she had family, said her husband of eight years, Carl R. Meany.

Mrs. Meany began singing and playing the piano as a child at church and in school. She was born in Liege, Belgium, and raised in Pottstown. She also lived in Spring Mount before moving to Rosemont in the mid-1980s.

She was a member of St. Thomas of Villanova Roman Catholic Church on the Villanova University campus. She formerly sang in the choir at St. Colman's Roman Catholic Church in Ardmore. She was a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and enjoyed interior decorating, camping and fly-fishing.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by children Joyce Lasorda and Jill Orlando; her mother, Irena Magrowski; her father, Michael Stubinski; three sisters; three brothers; and two grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Thomas of Villanova Church. Friends may call there after 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Radnor Methodist Cemetery, Rosemont.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 600 N. Jackson St., Second Floor, Media, Pa. 19063.

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