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Barbara Jean Egerer

September 20, 1927February 16, 2020

God called home on February 16, 2020, one of the kindest women made. Barbara Jean Egerer, nee Eckert, was born September 20, 1927, to Theodora (Dora) Zimmerman and John Christian Eckert in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was the second of four children. They lived on Harrison Street in Council Bluffs throughout The Great Depression, moving to 55 th Street in Omaha when Barbara was 10. Barbara graduated from Benson High School and attended Elmhurst College in Illinois. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Omaha University (now UNO) and during college served as Honored Queen of Job’s Daughters. Upon graduating, she became an elementary school teacher, and her fondest teaching memories were of her 5 th grade students at Rosewater School on south 13 th Street in Omaha. She also spent one year teaching at Highlands Elementary in Prairie Village, Kansas, before marrying Herbert Egerer. Barbara and Herbert met through a church singles group and were married on August 18, 1962 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Council Bluffs. They raised two daughters, Jennifer and Sarah, in Elkhorn. Barbara was very involved with St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church as well as her P.E.O. chapter, Assistance League and Omaha Young Matrons. Barbara loved playing bridge and volunteering in the community. In her earlier years, she played piano and violin and was an avid bowler. Barbara also loved traveling and fulfilled her dreams of seeing the Egyptian pyramids and the fjords of Norway. She visited Colombia and Syria when Sarah was living in those countries. In 2012, she moved to the Kansas City area to be closer to Jennifer. Because of her kind and easy-going nature, Barbara developed close friendships at Claridge Court retirement community in Prairie Village. Her final years were very happy ones, playing bridge weekly, attending her new church Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and spending time with friends and family. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Herbert, parents Dora and John Eckert and brother John C. Eckert, Jr. She is survived by her children Jennifer Wampler (Bryan) and Sarah Egerer (Brad Adams); grandchildren Grace and Hope Wampler and Orgil Adams; her sister Elizabeth Goodwin; brother George Eckert; and many loving nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of the Claridge Court health center for their compassion and exceptional care. A memorial reception will take place on Thursday, February 27, from 3:00-4:30 p.m., in the rotunda of Claridge Court, 8101 Mission Road, Prairie Village. The graveside service will be Saturday, February 29, at 1:30 pm at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, 2300 S. 78 th Street, Omaha. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Omaha, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Prairie Village, JDRF or Shriners Hospitals for Children.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, February 29, 2020


Barbara Jean Egerer

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Jan McCrudden

February 25, 2020

We were students of Miss Eckert's first class at Edward Rosewater Elementary School in Omaha, NE. We were in 4th grade together in 1954. Mrs. Jelinek was our teacher the first half of the year. Miss Eckert took over our class the second half of the year. We were so disappointed to leave Mrs. Jelinek, but Miss Eckert soon won over our hearts. She was so kind and soft spoken. She had a ready smile. a calming presence, and a professional appearance. She always dressed impeccably.

Our class had a reunion in October 1981 at Rosewater. We invited all our former teachers and all the members of our class. The school was closing and being turned into an apartment building. It was so sad for us to see it close. We took this photo on that occasion. Pictured are Mrs. Jelinek, Mrs. Egerer, and Mrs. Viola Taylor, our principal. We had a tour of the school and reminisced about the good old days. It was a fun day for us all. JoAn Dvorak Ferguson, Stephanie McLean Colley, Carol Lee Pester, and Janis Graham McCrudden, members of her 4th grade class, still get together and share memories of our growing up at Rosewater. We call ourselves the Rosewater Girls. We think we were her favorite class! We certainly think she was one of our favorite teachers!