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1943 Barb 2024

Barbara A. Wolfrum

October 9, 1943 — May 23, 2024

Van Wert, Ohio

Barbara Ann Wolfrum, 80, of Van Wert, Ohio, a beloved elementary school teacher, died peacefully on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Divine Nursing and Rehab at Shane Hill in Rockford, Ohio, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Barbara was born Oct. 9, 1943, in Haviland, Ohio, to the Rev. Robert Kinney and Edith Kinney, both of whom are deceased. Barbara graduated from Crestview High School in 1961, a proud member of the school's first graduating class. She also graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree and the University of Dayton with a master's degree. On Dec. 25, 1966, she married Robert Wolfrum, who preceded her in death after 52 years together.

Barbara is survived by two sons, Timothy Wolfrum of Palmetto, Fla., and Todd (Angie) Wolfrum of Middle Point, Ohio; six grandchildren, Wesley Wolfrum, Elle Wolfrum, Sam Wolfrum, Cal Wolfrum, Nick Sowers and Caleb Sowers; and one great-grandchild, Alice Rose Sowers.

She also is survived by sisters Anita (Roger) Webb of Springdale, Ark.; Bonnie (Ray) Barger of Bluffton, Ind.; and Linda (Toby) Thomas of Cincinnati as well as a sister-in-law, Kay Kinney of Wauseon, Ohio. Barbara was also preceded in death by her only brother, the Rev. Roger Kinney.

Barbara taught fifth and sixth grade in the Lincolnview Local Schools for 34 years, inspiring her students and serving as a mentor to young teachers. She was president of the Lincolnview teachers' union for many years. Before taking a break from teaching when her children were young, Barbara taught in the Fairview, Ney and Holgate school districts.

She was a devout Christian who taught Sunday school and served in several leadership positions at Kingsley United Methodist Church.

An avid bicyclist, Barbara logged more than 1,000 miles every summer and was a regular participant in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.

Barbara will be remembered fondly by her family and friends for her kindness, her enthusiasm for life, her dry wit and her incredible hugs.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, Ohio. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance, Ohio.

Preferred memorials are to Van Wert County Humane Society and Lincolnview Bible Board.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S. Washington St, Van Wert, Ohio.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Visitation

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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