Joan Barabas

Joan Barabas Obituary

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Age - 88

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October 7, 2023

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Highland, IN

Joan S "Elfy" Barabas of Highland, formerly of East Chicago, passed away on October 4, 2023 Joan was born on August 12, 1935 to Daniel and Anne Sandberg (nee Petrucka) In 1964, she married Andrew Barabas Jr , who preceded her in death in 2009 Joan is survived by two sons, Daniel (Cindy) of Highland and Dave (Lisa) of Warrensburg, MO; grandson Robert Barabas of Terre Haute, IN and daughter-in-law Debbie Barabas Also survived by one sister, Kay (Paul) Wilson, sister-in-law Julie Sandberg and many nieces and nephews Preceded in death by her husband, two sisters June and Betty Jean, four brothers Daniel "Buddy", Alan, Dale and Jeri; and her parents Joan was a 1953 graduate from Washington High School and worked for the telephone company until 1955 when she enlisted in the U S Air Force, receiving one of the highest awards for her service in the programming and operation of the first IBM computer system utilized by the Air Force Upon receiving an honorable discharge in 1958, she began nurses' training at Gary Methodist Hospital and graduated as an R N in 1961, working at St Catherine's Hospital in East Chicago and for two doctor's offices until 1967 Joan dedicated the time following to raising her two sons and being a devoted parent and homemaker Joan enjoyed her time as a mother and grandmother, cooking, shopping and travel Joan was a lifelong Lutheran and practiced her beliefs She was a completely selfless individual who helped many people and truly lived a Christian life showing kindness, generosity, forgiveness and unconditional love According to her specific wishes, there will be no visitation or memorial service Contributions may be made on Joan's behalf to AbleLight (formerly Bethesda Lutheran Communities for People with Disabilities) of Watertown, WI For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Michael Kuiper-Vass by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www hillsidefhcares com To to the family or in memory of Joan "Elfy" S (Elfy) Barabas, please

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