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Barbara Elizabeth Jennings dies at 87

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Barbara Elizabeth Jennings, of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2007. She was 87.

She was born Feb. 18, 1920 in Mount Joy, Pa., the daughter of Reuben and Barbara (Habecker) Fellenbaum.

On March 1, 1946 in LeHarve, France, she married her beloved husband who was serving in the US Army. He survives in Valparaiso.

She is also survived by daughters, Barbara (Dennis) Peard and Patricia Jennings; a son, Robert (Carol) Jennings; a brother, Bud Fellenbaum and four grandchildren, Jon (Kealy Christle) Peard, Sarah (Ryan) Malone, Kristin (Erik) Pagels and Kari Jennings.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

When Barbara and her husband returned from after the war, she supported and encouraged him as he studied law. They had three children and she devoted her life to her family. She later went on to attain a life long dream of becoming a pilot and was a member of the 99ís Womenís Pilot Association. Her passion was participating in the various air races. One of her most memorable races was her first Powder Puff Derby in 1972. Other happy times were spent enjoying family vacations and spending time at the cabin in northern Wis.

Her hobbies included gardening, reading, playing bridge, traveling, knitting and quilting. She also enjoyed service to others by volunteering for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso.

Funeral services, Rev. Rick Greene officiating, were at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 1901 Evans Ave., Valparaiso. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

Visitation was 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Moeller Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church or the Indiana Dunes 99ís.


Posted 9/17/2007