Barbara Louise Barndt, age 85, of Wayne, Ohio passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, surrounded by her loving family at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Bowling Green.
She was born on July 3, 1937, in Tipp City, Ohio to the late Lloyd R. & Emily Louise (Gaylord) Seifert Sr. Barb married Charles Henry Barndt on August 15, 1959, in Springfield, Ohio.
Surviving Barb is her loving husband of 63 years, Charlie; children, Doug (Lisa) Barndt, Dave (Leslie) Barndt, both of Wayne, Dianne (Mark Barbour) Barndt of Bowling Green; grandchildren, Brian (Jessica) Barndt, Dannielle (Kirk) Sidle, Mackenzie Cherry, Justin (Kathryn) Barndt, Amanda Barndt, Madeline Cherry, Taylor (Bryan) Melcher, Ellyse Cherry, Isaac Cherry; and great-grandchildren, Taylor & Chance Sidle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd & Emily, and brother, Lloyd R. Seifert Jr.
Barb graduated as Valedictorian in her class from Sidney High School in 1955, and then earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy at Ohio University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1959. While at Ohio University, Barb was a member of Sigma Kappa National Sorority, and met her future husband, Charlie, who worked in the sorority house.
She taught Speech and Hearing Therapy at Bedford Schools in Cleveland for one year before moving to Wayne in 1961. After moving to Wayne, Barb received her funeral director’s license on June 13, 1966, and worked alongside her husband as owners of Barndt Funeral Home for over 30 years.
In 1961, Barb became an active member of the Wayne United Methodist Church where she served as a former Pastor Parish Chairman, Memorial Chairman, and taught Bble school for many years. She was very active in Cub Scouts, Brownies, and Girl Scouts as den mother & leader, receiving district representative from 1976 – 1980. Barb was also a member of the former Mother’s Club, Research Club for 45 years, Bridge Club, the Red Hat Society of Wayne, former Vice President of Wayne PTO, volunteered at pledge drives for WBGU TV, and was a member of the Wood County Hospital Guild where she volunteered in the gift shop for many years.
Among other hobbies, she was an avid reader, and her greatest love in life was spending time with her family.
Barb’s family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to family friend Connie Mitchem, home health nurse Jennifer Gregg, and the nurses and doctors at Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green for giving Barb the excellent care she received.
Friends will be received from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Barndt Funeral Home in Wayne, Ohio, where a Celebration of Life Service will begin on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Pastor Tamara Bennett & Pastor Vernagaye Sullivan officiating.
Burial will be at Graham Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wayne Library or The Victory Center.
Online condolences may be sent to Barb’s family at www.barndtfuneralhome.org.