Obituary for Barbara Kiernan
Barbara Ellen Kiernan (Kunz), 86, Fayetteville, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at home with family by her side.
She was born in Dayton, OH on July 3, 1931 and grew up in Rye, NY. Barbara graduated from Rye High School and Ohio Wesleyan University where she studied art. She went on to earn a Master’s degree from Columbia University.
Barbara lived and worked in New York, NY where she met her husband, Francis Robert “Bob” Kiernan. They were married for 38 years until his passing in 1995 and raised four children in Manlius, NY. She was predeceased by her companion Roger Lawrence in 2001.
Barbara was active in the Good Shepard Lutheran Church including its work with refugee families in Syracuse. Through the years, she volunteered her time and creative talents to many other community groups. She was a long-time bridge player, an avid fan of SU sports and enjoyed the beach. She will be remembered as a thoughtful and devoted friend who nurtured relationships over many decades.
Barbara was the loving daughter of the late John R. and Freda Kunz and cherished sister of Joanne White of Knoxville, TN. She is survived by daughters Susan Bundy (David) of Cumberland, RI and Betsy Landre (Peter) of Canandaigua, NY, and sons James Kiernan of Homer, NY and John Kiernan (Claudia) of Phoenixville, PA. She was the beloved grandmother of Gregory (Mary), Jaydon, Jonathan, Jennifer, Patrick, Kristy, Grace, Scott, Christopher and Hans and great-grandson Jack. She leaves many other nieces, nephews and family members.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Eaton Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel 7191 E Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 am at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7248 Highbridge Road, Fayetteville, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations made in her memory to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, N.Y. or to a charity of your choice working to improve the lives of others would be appreciated