Barbara Jeanne Widick, 88 - February 28, 2013Barbara Jeanne Widick, 88, of Farnam passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Elwood Care Center.
Services were conducted at the Farnam United Methodist Church on Monday, March 4, with the Rev. Neil Kloppenborg officiating.
Widick was born Oct. 7, 1924, on a family farm near Atlanta, daughter of Ernest and Wilhelmina (Engel) Lantz.
She attended rural schools in Buffalo County until her family moved to Kearney. She graduated from Kearney High School in 1941, and from Kearney State Teachers College in 1945.
In the fall of 1945, she moved to Farnam to begin her teaching career. She taught home economics, English, typing and was the class sponsor for the Class of 1948 for three years. She enjoyed her career in teaching students how to can and prepare food, along with making jelly and preserves and planning meals, according to family members. Later, she taught five years at Stockville High School where she set up the home economics department.
On Nov. 26, 1947, she was united in marriage to Orvale Widick in Gothenburg at the Methodist minister’s home. The couple were married 10 years and considered adopting children, but were then expecting twins—Glenda and Paula. A year later, a son Andrew was born, and then another daughter, Carol was born.
Widick was a member of the H.O.P. Club, 60-plus year member of the Methodist Church and a MYF Youth sponsor for seven years.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Ernest and Wilhelmina; a brother, Burl (Virginia) Lantz; sisters—Lucille (Leonard) Balk, Delores (Tom) Pratt, Lila Peterson and Marilyn Randecker.
Survivors include: her husband of 65 years, Orvale Widick of Farnam; a son, Andrew (Karen) Widick of Moorefield; three daughters—Paula (Doug) Klein of Moorefield, Glenda (Danny) Kipp of Keenesburg, CO, and Carol (Paul) Pagel of Kearney; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law—Jack Randecker and Wallace Petersen; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Memorials are suggested to the Farnam Rescue and Rural Fire Department, 319 Main St., Farnam, NE 69029 or donors choice.