Barbara J. Hebekeuser, age 81, of Durand, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the Meadows in Owosso surrounded by her family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Tom Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends and visitors at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a rosary prayed at 5 p.m.
Barbara was born March 13, 1936, in Owosso, the daughter of George and Winifred (White) Chavey.
She was a graduate of Owosso High School, class of 1954.
Barbara was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grayling and St. Ann's Church in Haines City, Fla. She was active in choir, as a cantor and also taught catechism in Owosso and Grayling. Barbara was proudly the first cantor for St. Paul Catholic Church.
She looked forward to her card club and spending time with her family and friends.
She married Gerald "Jerry" Fredrick Hebekeuser at St. Paul Catholic Church on November 24, 1956.
Barbara spent her life raising and caring for her family. She was employed through the years at General Telephone Co, American Record Pressing Co, Strawsine Manufacturing and Shiawassee Regional Education Service District where she poured her heart into working with special needs children. Barbara was also co-owner and operator of Fay's Motel in Grayling with her husband Jerry.
She loved and was involved with the Owosso Charity Capers which is known today as the Owosso Community Players, where she enjoyed singing, dancing and being an actress in such plays as South Pacific; winning the most prestigious "Best Actress Award".
She is survived by her husband, Jerry; children, Jerry (Nell Anne) Hebekeuser of Owosso, Paul (Jackie) Hebekeuser of Owosso, Lori (Chris) Yanik of Raleigh, N.C., John Hebekeuser of Owosso, Lee (Shelly) Hebekeuser of Grand Ledge, Tena (Troy) Moiles of Gaines and Nick (Gretchen) Hebekeuser of Rochester Hills; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many other loving family and friends.
Barbara was predeceased by her parents.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee Council on Aging or St. Vincent DePaul.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelson-house.com.