Barbara Engholm Obituary (2021) – Cedar Rapids, IA


BARBARA G. ENGHOLM Cedar Rapids Barbara G. Engholm, 87, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died on October 13, 2021 in Naperville, Illinois. Church, Cedar Rapids. Visits: from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the Kearn room of the church. Interment: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids, looks after Barbara and her family. Friends and extended family unable to join in person can watch Mass via the webcast. A link to the webcast and to sharing your support and memories with Barbara’s family can be found on her tribute wall at under the obituaries. Barbara was dearly loved by her six children, Kathy (Jeff), Donna (Norm), Dennis (Kari), Dan (Tawni), Jill (Jennifer) and Carol (Paul); 12 grandchildren, Mike (Matthew), Todd (Heather), Andy, Joel, Sarah, Eric, Clare, Matthew, Will, Mark, Ryan and Julie; and two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Timothy. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth; parents, Francis and Mabel Hanify (née Gary); and his brother, Gary Hanify. Barbara was born in Toledo, Iowa, where she lived until she graduated from high school. She attended Iowa State College, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in textiles and clothing. She and Ken met at the Newman Center in Ames and were married on August 10, 1957. They made their home in Cedar Rapids where they raised their families and were very active in their church, schools and community. An avid seamstress and baker, she knitted, crocheted and enjoyed playing bridge, cycling, gardening, attending symphony concerts and was a member of the Home Economics Club. She has volunteered in many areas over the years including her children’s schools, Camp Fire Girls, St. Pius X and St. Matthew Catholic Churches, and Mercy Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Published by The Gazette on October 17, 2021.

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