Barbara Ann Berendzen

September 7, 1946 - April 29, 2013

Barbara Ann (Bazin) Berendzen, 66, of Kirksville, died peacefully Monday, April 29, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family. Barbara was born September 7, 1946, in Joplin, to Joseph and Irene (Macario) Bazin. She graduated from Helias High School in Jefferson City in 1964. She continued her education at Central Missouri State University, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. She had an exemplary teaching career in the following Missouri schools: St. Stanislaus Elementary School in Wardsville; Scotland County R-1 Elementary in Memphis; St. Joseph's Elementary in Salisbury; Valle Catholic Elementary in Ste. Genevieve; Salem Elementary; completing her 34 year career at Sacred Heart Elementary school in Sedalia. Her enthusiasm and passion for teaching was felt by every student that she touched. She served in various social and community leadership roles including the Jefferson City Diocese Pastoral Council from 1976 to 1984, Co-Chair of the North Central Missouri United Way charity drive in 2009, and she was appointed to the Missouri State Council for the Arts in 2012. She is a member of Quota International and has served many roles in the Catholic Church parishes in which she lived. Barbara is survived by her husband of 45 years, Sam Berendzen of Kirksville; her son, Sam C. Berendzen of St. Peters, and friend Kenna Heitman of Elsberry; son, Jay Berendzen and wife Rachel of Webster Groves; and daughter, Marianne Eldridge and husband John of Lee's Summit; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Bazin and wife Marcella of Topeka, Kan., and John Bazin and wife Karen of Winston-Salem, N.C., and three sisters, Beth Buckley and husband Jim of Sedalia, Kate Bazin of Mexico, and Julie Borchers and husband John of Nevis, West Indies. She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Bazin, and mother, Irene Bazin. A visitation will be held in Kirksville at the Davis Playle Hudson Rimer Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. A second visitation will be held at the McLaughlin Funeral Home in Sedalia on Thursday, May 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:15 p.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 3 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sedalia. Final Christian burial will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Wardsville, following the Mass. In lieu of flowers please make donations to either North Missouri Hospice or Sacred Heart School.


orieke 1 year, 3 months ago

Very sorry, Sam, and children and grand children of this wonderful woman. We all loved Barbara, and were inspired by her perpetual smile and good humor. God Bless and Love to Sam and family extended.


GloriaJohnson 1 year, 3 months ago

This dear sweet lovely lady was such a special person in my life even though she was only in my life a short time. She came to teach us poor orphaned 5th graders at St Stanislaus after we had four previous teachers that school year. She guided us, shared her love of life and love of reading. To this day some 45 years later I can close my eyes and remember her reading Little House on the Prarie books to us.
I would see Barb from time to time as life moved on and she was alway quick with a smile and whether she remembered me for not - she always made me feel special.
On a side note she was the same age as my Godmother who was also named Barbara and I had just moved to the Wardsville area and away from my Godmother so maybe part of what made her so special to me was she was at the right place at the right time when my classmates and I needed the stability.

Sam and family, you have my deepest sympathy for your loss of a very special lady. God Bless Barb and her family and friends.


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