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Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR

OBITUARY

Barbara Ann Behling

June 12, 1934July 11, 2019

Barbara Ann Behling, 85, of Hot Springs Village, went to sing in the Lord’s choir during the early hours of Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Barbara was born to Dr. Elmer and Frieda (Thieroff) Schroeder on June 12, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following the birth of her brother, Robert, the family relocated to Chicago, Illinois, where her father was a chemist at Searle, Inc. After high school, Barbara completed a year of training at Kathryn Gibbs Secretarial School. Wearing high heels and a hat, she took the elevated train downtown each day for her work as a legal secretary. In 1956 Barbara went on a vacation with a girlfriend to Windsor, Ontario. Going to a Lutheran church on Sunday morning, she crossed paths with a young vicar interning from Petoskey, Michigan. Love was immediate; two years later she and Henry Behling were married. They began their life together in Victoria, British Columbia, where they founded two churches and had their first three daughters, Anne, Karen, and Valerie.

In 1965 Barbara and Henry packed the car with their belongings and babies (all sick with chickenpox) and drove through the January weather to southwest Minnesota, near Worthington. There Barbara played organ, sang, and directed the choirs for two congregations, St. Paul’s and Our Redeemer. Here they grew their family by two more daughters, Emily and Victoria.

In 1989 Barbara and Henry’s life journey called them to serve in another church, this time in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Barbara again played the organ while both singing in and directing the choir for Faith Lutheran. Barbara is survived by her brother, Robert Schroeder of Florida, and greatly missed by husband Henry; daughters Anne (Jeff) Stuhr and Karen (Jon) Beyer of Hot Springs; Valerie (Bruce) Timm of Sauk Center, MN; Emily (Phil) Rogers of Reedsburg, WI; and Victoria (Mark) Weber of Bloomington, MN; sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A service to celebrate Barbara’s life and God’s unfailing grace will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, Hot Springs Village, on Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Bob Benke officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Interment will immediately follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Services

17 July

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Faith Lutheran Church

1196 DeSoto Blvd
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 71909

17 July

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Faith Lutheran Church

1196 DeSoto Blvd
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 71909

17 July

Burial

Cedarvale Cemetery


Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

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Eleanor Henning

July 15, 2019

What a blessing your family was to our Henning family. I remember babysitting at your house just after you arrived at Rost. I had the pleasure of babysitting when the two younger girls were born. Such excitement. May God's loving arms enfold your whole family as you celebrate Barbara's life. Peace and comfort to you all. Love Ellie

Edith Bass Schultze

July 12, 2019

God’s peace be with all of you. Mrs. Behling was always such a gracious and cheerful hostess. There was always a smile on her face. I enjoyed coming to your house. I remember tall glasses of lemonade and fresh cookies. It was with your family that I experienced trick or treating for the first time. God be with you!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY