Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

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Barbara Ann Johnsen

July 15, 1945June 19, 2020

Ankeny, IA

Barbara Johnsen, 74, passed away at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston due to pancreatic cancer on June 19, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Ankeny Funeral Home.

Barbara was born to Florence and Paul on July 15, 1945 in Toledo, OH. She had two children, Tracy and Christopher. Barbara was an active member of PEO in Ames after joining in 2010 and very active in her church, Calvary United Methodist Church. She retired from the Iowa Department of Transportation Ames in 2010. She treasured her grandchildren and loved spending time with them.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Tracy (Brian) Hostetter; son, Christopher (Jessica) Johnsen; grandchildren, Sam, Jack, Ben, Rowan, and Harper; brother, David (Becky) Mowry.

Memorial contributions for Barbara Johnsen can go to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org or Calvary United Methodist Church Food Bank at 1403 24th Street, Ames, Iowa 50010


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Karen (Sharp) Engesser

June 24, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to you, David, Tracy, Chris, and your entire family. We had no idea Barbara had been ill. Her warmth and kindness radiated to those around her, making people feel supported and accepted.

Barb and I first met in Ohio, carpooling to/from Ohio University with our parents alternating the driving trips. Back then, having a car in college was definitely NOT an option considered by our parents!

Over the last 50 years, we attempted staying in touch, but succeeded only 6-7 times, allowing life's obligations to interfere. Now it is too late to give Barb a hug. To everyone reading this note, please take time to "smell the roses " and hug your family and friends, even if your hugs must be virtual, from 6 feet away, during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Peace to you, Barbara, and to all who were close to you. Dan & Karen Engesser

Jan Halverson

June 24, 2020

Like so many others, I worked with Barb at the DOT. I always enjoyed her company and her smile. She had the most pleasant personality. I know she will sorely missed by all of you. Prayers of comfort to your family.

Mary Wheelock

June 23, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Barb's death. I did not know she was ill. I knew her from the DOT. She was the sweetest, friendliest woman. I'm sure you all will miss her.

Carol Coates

June 23, 2020

Tracy and Chris,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a great person and I thoroughly enjoyed the 5 or so years we worked together at DOT. I could always count on Barbara doing an excellent job and she was always positive and upbeat.

Carol Coates

Anita Nimtz

June 23, 2020

Barbara lived in our condo association in Ames for many years. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Michele Murphy

June 22, 2020

As some people journey through life,
they leave footprints wherever they go —
footprints of kindness and love,
courage and compassion,
humor and inspiration, joy and faith.
Even when they’re gone, we can still look back
and clearly see the trail they left behind —
a trail bright with hope that invites us to follow.

It will be the little things that you will remember…
the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem hard right now,
it will be the memories of these little things
that help to push away the pain and
bring the smiles back again.

Her arms were always open when you needed a hug.
Her heart understood when you needed a friend.
Her gentle eyes were stern when you needed a lesson.
Her strength and love have guided you and given you wings to fly.

A mother’s love is always with her children.
Her goodness, her caring, and her wisdom
live on, a legacy that will forever be with you.
May that love surround you now
And bring you peace.


June 21, 2020

To Barb's family,

My heartfelt sympathy to each of you on the loss of your mom, grandma, etc.

We worked at the DOT together in different offices. She would come into Bldg. 4 on a regular basis since John Haas/staff worked there. She was their secretary.

She always had a bright smile for all and greeted us all. We were both secretaries; so we went to annual secretaries conference and would talk there too.

My middle brother, Virgil Tungesvik, 67, died 7.20.2019 from his pancreatic cancer of 3 yrs. 4 months and 73 chemo treatments. He/wife lived their lives to their fullest still continuing to travel worldwide every 3-4 months to keep their minds occupied.

Virgil died 20 days later than our healthy, youngest brother, Loren, 64, who died in a freak riding lawn mower accident. Loren was mowing the steep slope at farm entrance when mower rolled over, pinning him under, and crushing him to death.

Loren's 40 yr. old son died Jan. 16 last year from his traumatic brain injury of 6 yrs. So 3 family deaths in 6 months was way to much.

RIP Barb. I read another meaning for RIP this week...RETURN IF POSSIBLE !!

May God comfort you all in the upcoming days, months, and years ahead.