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Barbara L. Eilts

August 5, 1938 — August 20, 2019

BARBARA LOUISE (JOHANNSEN) EILTS – was born at the Century Family farm at Harlan, Iowa on August 5, 1938. Daughter of Arnold and Maxine (Koos) Johannsen. Baptized and confirmed at the Peace Evangelical and Reformed Church at Walnut, Iowa. Attended Jackson #9 and Monroe #2 country schools in Shelby County and graduated from Harlan High School in l956. Active in 4-H and other school functions and was Shelby County 4-H President. Employed at ASCS Office in Harlan from 1956-1960.

Memorial service will be held 5 PM Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the First-Faith United Methodist Church in Grand Island with Pastor Trudy Kenyon Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 3 PM until the start of the service. Inurnment will be Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Layton Township Cemetery in Walnut, IA.

She married John R. Eilts on January 25, 1958 in Walnut, Iowa. To them 5 children were born – Christie Louise (and the late Dan) Schreiber of Eagle, NE.; Randal Richard Eilts (Lori) of Heath, Tx.; Brenda Sue Roth (Mark) of Camarillo, Ca.; Laurie Lee Clark (Ed) of Brenham, TX.; and Melissa Jo Schultz (Tim) of Platte City, Mo.

Barbara moved from Harlan, IA. to Wahoo, NE. in August of 1968 and in 1973 moved to Grand Island, NE. As a devoted wife and mother, Barb was the lifeline of the family, supporting the many work and school activities of her husband and children. From 4-H, scouting, MYF youth group, Husker Harvest Days, and Kickoff Meetings, she filled her days as taxi, handyman, and jack of all trades. She lovingly sacrificed her own needs to do what she could to help her family achieve their dreams. Even from afar, Barb was the biggest cheerleader and encourager to her grandchildren as they pursued their passions.

When her family got older, she worked part-time at Arby’s, Runza, Amigos and Shopko in Grand Island. She's a former member of the Zenobia Rebekah Lodge in Harlan, IA and a current member of the First Faith UMC where she enjoys her time with her friends folding bulletins and attending book study and circle. When she was not cheering on her Huskers or sitting outside enjoying her cherished neighbors, you would find Barb on her computer, reading, crocheting hangers or watching her favorite shows. But her all-time favorite activity was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving her are her children and spouses. 15 grandchildren – Adam Jacob, Rebecca Louise, Elizabeth Christine and Danielle Marie Schreiber; Jonathan Richard (Rachael), Jennifer Grace Groom (Mark), and James William (Taylor) Eilts; Nathan Andrew, Aaron Michael and Mikaela Marie Roth; Thomas Edward (Victoria) and Emily Jo Clark; Kevin Allen, Garrett Timothy and Ryan Joseph Schultz. Three Great-Grandchildren, Ella Presley and Quentin Zerr Eilts, and Piper Dawn Groom. A sister, Marlene Marshall (Ed) of Burnsville, Mn.; and Brother, Stanley Johannsen (Veretta) of Pharr, Tx.; and sister-in-law, Cathy Johannsen of Harlan, Ia., and many nieces and nephews.

Proceeding her in her death was her husband, John Richard, her father and mother, Arnold Christian and Maxine Sophia Johannsen, her brother, Darryl Bruce Johannsen, her son-in-law, Daniel Adam Schreiber, and her father and mother-in-law, Herman and Wilma Eilts.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

memorial service

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Starts at 5:00 pm (Central time)

First Faith United Methodist Church

4190 West Capital Avenue, Grand Island, NE 68803

Visitation will be from 3 PM until time of service

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Starts at 4:00 pm (Central time)

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