Barbara Rose "Barb" Michaelsen

Dec 20, 2020
Michaelsen, Barb Crop


Funeral Services: 11:00 AM Monday, December 28, 2020 at Locke Funeral Home


Visitation for an hour prior at the funeral home


Burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery


Memorials may be directed to ALS Association


     Barbara Rose "Barb" Michaelsen, 68, of Waterloo, died Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Denver Sunset Nursing Home in Denver following a lengthy illness.

     She was born October 27, 1952, in Belmond, IA, daughter of Alvin and Dorothy Young Huinker. Barb graduated from Newman High School in Mason City in 1971, earned her bachelor’s from UNI in Home Economics, and master’s in education from Viterbo University.

     She married Larry Michaelsen August 21, 1999 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. She was a teacher in the Waterloo Community Schools, in special education at West High School, reading and math at Expo, and Family Consumer Science at Carver Middle School.  She was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, ALS Association, and Muscular Dystrophy Association.

     Barb is best known for her big heart and kind spirit. She was warm, gentle and patient with anyone she met. She  championed those around her, from her students to her family.  She had a way to always make you feel valued.  Barb's unwavering faith and genuine concern for those around her were seen, big and small, in everything she did.  "There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, their light remains."

     Barb is survived by her husband, Larry, of Waterloo; daughter Liz (Ben) Patterson of Cedar Falls and their children: Claudia, Veronica, Mikolai, Jacob, Samuel, Abram, and Sloane; daughter Becky (Eric) Lins of Cedar Falls and their children: , Molly, Cooper, and Charlie; step-daughter Sheri (Chris) Payne of Cascade and their children; Carli and Candace Payne, and Carrie (Dustin) Wells and their children Carter, Chloe, and Aiden; step-daughter Jennifer (Dan) Beagle of Ludlow‚ KY.  She is also survived by her mother Dorothy Huinker of Garner; two sisters, Pat (Gary) Book, and Mary Jo (Steve) Ames both of Garner; three brothers, Larry (Jolene) Huinker of Anamosa‚ Bill Riley of San Diego‚ CA, and Tom ( Lisa) Huinker of Garner; and sister-in-law, Conrae Huinker of Garner. She is preceded in death by her father; and brother Jim Huinker.

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  1. Alan & Marilyn Walker | Dec 24, 2020
    To Larry and all of your family, we send our sincere sympathy.  Alan & Marilyn Walker
  2. Donna Schmeidel | Dec 24, 2020
    I'm so sorry for the loss of Barb.  What an incredible woman she was on this Earth.  Always smiling and caring for others around her.  Always asking how you and your family are.  I knew Barb from UNI and Wloo School System.  Heaven is blessed with a new face.
  3. Laura and Dale Schmitz | Dec 23, 2020
    Though we did not know Barbara, my husband, Dale Schmitz worked with her brother, Jim at Schukei Chevrolet in Mason City for many, many years.  We would like to extend our sympathy to Conrae and her family on another loss. 
  4. Debra Tibbals | Dec 23, 2020
    I worked with Barb for many years at Expo. She was an amazing caring teacher who always had a smile on her face. Sympayhy to her family. 
  5. Amber Smith | Dec 22, 2020
    I’m so blessed to have Barb as my teacher, she was amazing. Prayers to all of the family. I’ll miss writing to you Barb. I’ll always keep Barb in my memories. She always had a smile on when she was teaching. I’m glad to have knowen her.
  6. Terri Greiman | Dec 22, 2020
    I have known Barb for a long time. We took turns staying at each others home while we were growing up. We were in the same class while she was going to the Garner school. What a truly wonderful lady. My deepest sympathies to the family. 
  7. Julie Michalicek | Dec 22, 2020
    I’m so very sorry that you lost this wonderful woman. I knew her from Expo, and I enjoyed working with her very much. You are in my prayers.

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