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Barbara J. Jarnecke

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Date published: 7/27/2013

Barbara J. Jarnecke

Barbara Roop Jarnecke passed peacefully from this world on July 25, 2013, in her home surrounded by her husband, son and daughters.

Barbara was born on Sept. 29, 1950, in Anderson, Ind. She was the older of two children born to Wilbur M. and Dorothy (Lickenbaugh) Roop. Her younger brother, John, resides in Indiana. She attended Ball State University, where she met her husband, Roy. They married and had four children, whom she managed at home during the early years of their marriage.

She also attended Indiana University at Kokomo prior to graduating from Mary Washington College with a degree in elementary education in 1990. She later returned to school to earn a master's degree in special education in 2008.

Barbara taught second grade at Ferry Farm Elementary School for 23 years. She had just completed the most recent school year when she was admitted to the hospital with her final illness. Barbara was passionate about the teaching of the sciences and was the science lead teacher for many years. During this time period, she organized the annual science fair and helped bring about the creation of the school's weather station and a garden devoted to the study of local and regional plant life. She was also an advocate for children with special needs.

Barbara and Roy Jarnecke were married for over 41 years. They have four children, Erica Foreman (Michael) of Fredericksburg, Jennifer Harbin (P.T.) of Charlotte, N.C., Rachel Hole (D.J.) of Manassas and Andrew Jarnecke (Beth) of Charlotte. They have six grandchildren, Patrick and Madelyn Foreman, Preston and Abigail Harbin, and Jason and Joshua Hole. Another grandchild is expected in December.

Barbara was an active member of The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg. She valued her participation in the adult choir and her fellowship with her ladies of the Never-Ending Circle. She was also a member of the Donut Therapy group.

The family will receive friends from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28, in The Presbyterian Church Parlor.

A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at The Presbyterian Church of Frederickburg, with the Rev. Allen H. Fisher Jr. presiding. A reception will be held in the Church Parlor following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be directed to the Dressing Days program. Checks may be sent to the Interfaith Community Council, Box 1336, Fredericksburg, VA 22402, with a notation on the memo line indicating "Dressing Days-BJJ."

Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.