Barbara Lea Hashman

March 6, 1943January 18, 2019

Barbara Lea Hashman, age 75, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Friday January 18, 2019. Barbara was born March 6, 1943 in Maumee, Ohio to Catherine Johnson and Raymond Johnson. She married Russell "Curt" Hashman in 1996.

Barbara was an active water aerobics instructor for the Arthritis Foundation of Indianapolis. She was a United States Air Force veteran. She enjoyed reading and gardening. Barbara grew up with a love for dogs and she was able to spend her last few days with her beloved dog, Cooper.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Russell "Curt" Hashman; son, John Gerhardt; daughters, Mary Beth Priest and Nanci (Tom) Quellhorst; grandsons, Hank and Nate Quellhorst; and sister, Diane (Neal) Rowe. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Catherine Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara's memory may be made to Arthritis Foundation of Indianapolis, 615 North Alabama Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 or online at

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hashman family.


  • Russell "Curt" Hashman, Husband
  • John Gerhardt, Son
  • Mary Beth Priest, Daughter
  • Nanci Quellhorst (Tom), Daughter
  • Hank Quellhorst, Grandson
  • Nate Quellhorst, Grandson
  • Raymond Johnson, Father
  • Catherine Johnson, Mother

Barbara Lea Hashman

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Janet Keeotn

January 29, 2019

Dearest Barb, my dear neighbor and great friend. I have so many memories of the walks with our dogs and the many conversations around the backyard pond. You will be missed more than anyone can imagine. Indy will not be the same, but Heaven has gained a wonderful soul. We love and miss you. Ziggy, Raven, and many other fortunate animals you have cared for will have plenty of wet kisses for you. Your neighbor and chosen family, Janet Keeton

Nancy Tynan

January 22, 2019

We knew her as Barb, our teacher at Hilltop, who would lead us in our water exercises. She was an excellent taskmaster, and always had a story to keep our minds occupied, which helped to make the workouts move quicker (especially for those of us who don’t like to exercise!).
She had many aches and pains of her own, so understood those who had arthritis, were recovering from surgery, or just wanted to have gentle arthritis/water aerobics or something more strenuous. She will be missed.