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Barbara J. Kuelker

February 22, 1938 December 14, 2017
Barbara J. Kuelker
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Obituary for Barbara J. Kuelker

Barbara J. Kuelker, 79, of Sullivan, Missouri passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Washington, Missouri with her daughter and husband by her side.

Barbara Jean was born on February 22, 1938 to the late Alfred J. and Patricia M. (Lindenberger) Bacon in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up in Glencoe and attended schools at Sacred Heart in Eureka and Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood. After high school graduation, she went to work for McDonald Douglas. Barbara married Donald Kraher on May 6, 1961 and to this union, three children were born: Donald, Jr., David and Malissa. They settled in Sullivan to raise their family; however, Donald, Sr. passed away in 1973. On July 21, 1979 Barbara was united in marriage to Richard Kuelker. She babysat children in the community until she began teaching at Saint Anthony’s in 1984 and went on to teach many students over the next thirty-four years. She had just recently retired in May of this year. In her free time, Barbara enjoyed volunteering at St. Anthony Church, quilting, making stained glass, reading and spending time with family and friends. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and former students.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Richard Kuelker; two sons, Don Kraher, Jr. and wife Allison of Pensacola, FL; and David Kraher and wife Denise of Everett, WA; one daughter, Malissa Durell and husband Don of Fenton, MO; one brother, Mike Bacon of Union, MO; four grandchildren, Dyllon Durell, Trent Durell, Morgan Durell and Donnivan Kraher; other relatives and many friends.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred J. and Patricia M. (Lindenberger) Bacon; her first husband, Donald Kraher, Sr.; one brother, Gene Bacon; and one sister, Ann Baumer.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2017, with Rosary at 4:00, at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.

Funeral Mass will be Celebrated 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Sullivan with Father Paul Telken officiating. Burial will follow at Saint Anthony Cemetery in Sullivan.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Foundation in memory of Barbara.

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All arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home, Sullivan, MO.

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4:00 PM 12/19/2017 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/19/2017 8:00:00 PM
Eaton Funeral Home

347 N. Clark
P.O. Box 625
Sullivan, MO 63080

Eaton Funeral Home
347 N. Clark Sullivan 63080 MO
United States





10:00 AM 12/20/2017 10:00:00 AM
St. Anthony Catholic Church

201 W. Springfield Rd.
Sullivan, Missouri 63080

St. Anthony Catholic Church
201 W. Springfield Rd. Sullivan 63080 Missouri
United States

Memorial Contribution

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Chidren's Hospital Foundation

3800 Park Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63110

St. Jude Children's Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38105

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