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Barbara Hoehn of Lake of the Woods slipped her earthly bonds on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
Barbara was born in Harper Woods, Mich., to Jerome and Betty Kornieck, moved to McLean in the ninth grade and was a graduate of McLean High.
She moved to Lake of the Woods in 1981 upon her marriage to Jerry Hoehn. They have two children, Chelsea Hoehn and Lindsay Hoehn Buskirk, both of whom survive her. She is also survived by her seven siblings.
She worked as a bank teller, child care worker, bookkeeper, property manager, decorator, landscaper and "Home Maker." Not a housewife, a "Home Maker." Making her home a special place to raise her family was the most important job in the world to her.
Whether jet-skiing in Barbados, taking a helicopter into a volcano crater in Kauai, scuba diving through a wreck in Tortola, swimming with dolphins in Mexico, cruising the Caribbean Sea or Na Pali Coast of Hawaii, snow skiing the slopes, water-skiing on the lake, canoeing on the Rapidan, whale-watching in Alaska, cave-tubing in Belize, parasailing on Jalapa Island, sunning with friends at the beach in Florida or on the family boat at Lake of the Woods, she led an extraordinarily fun and adventurous life.
Throughout a nearly seven-year battle with breast cancer, she was so energetic and optimistic most people forgot she had cancer, if they knew at all. She never made anyone else feel her pain or be unhappy because of it. She leaves a legacy of love, loyalty, creativity, selflessness, kindness, courage, perseverance, inclusiveness and generosity.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Lake of the Woods Church. A reception will follow.
Burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a fund will be established to promote women's health education within the local community, and details will be available at the memorial service.