Kathleen Louise (Ehalt) Barr


Posted: Friday, November 16, 2007

Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Kathleen Louise (Ehalt) Barr died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at her home in Kenai. She was 77.

A Mass of resurrection will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 19, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father Joe Dowling, Oblates of Mary Immaculate, will celebrate the Mass. A reception will follow mass at O'Neill Hall.

Mrs. Barr was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Denver. She grew up in Denver and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1948. She met her husband, James Barr, while in high school. They were married in 1950.

"She was hardworking and self-taught in office management," her family said.

The couple moved to Kenai in 1970 and owned and operated the Vagabond Inn and commercial fished until they retired in 1992. She spent her days in retirement playing with the Good Morning bowling league, senior bowling league, golfing, watching football and baseball on TV and hanging out with her granddaughter Kendra.

Mrs. Barr was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

"Her top priority was always her family. Thanksgiving and Christmas were hosted at her home without fail every year. She always made sure her son received an Easter basket. Her undying devotion and bond with her children and grandchildren will be greatly missed, and her talent at sewing and knitting will always be remembered," her family said.

Mrs. Barr was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years; parents; and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Derning of Kenai; son, Bruce Barr of Kenai; granddaughters, Kendra Derning of Kenai, Kerri (Derning) Radford of Florida and Katie (Derning) Hudson and her husband, Tom, of Spokane, Wash.; great-granddaughters, Jessica and Sarah Radford of Florida; sister, Marguerite Campbell; brothers, Donald and Joseph Ehalt of the Denver area; numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Special Olympics of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 248, Soldotna, AK 99669 or to the charity of choice.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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