Funeral services for Barbara T. Lowenthal, 69, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012, at the First Christian Church in Lawrence, KS. Burial will be in Oakley, Kansas, on April 24, 2012. She died at home on Friday, April 20. The family will receive friends Sunday, April 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
She was born on November 21, 1942, in Garden City, KS, to Peter and Tena (Brandt) Thiessen. She was graduated from Meade Bible Academy in 1960. She attended one year at Haviland Bible Junior College, Haviland, Kansas, followed by training as a hairdresser at the Vernin Beauty School in Wichita, Kansas.
She was married to Larry Eugene Isaac. Todd Jeffery was adopted in 1968 and daughter Natalie Tena was born on April 28, 1971. Barbara was a homemaker and after her divorce in 1977, she moved with the children to Kansas City where she worked as a dental assistant.
She married David Lowenthal on February 23, 1980. They made their home in Lawrence where David worked as a Certified Public Accountant. They had a part-time business taking graduation and party pictures along with three partners that engaged the entire family while the children were growing up. The part-time business was sold in 1994. Both Barbara and David turned their attention to other interests that included traveling and hunting. Barbara harvested many deer.
Over the years Barbara has hosted many foreign students driven by her interest in people and learning more about other places. She led several to know Christ and remained in touch with them. In 2002 they went to China and connected with one of the foreign students she had befriended. Their final vacation together was a tour of Egypt this last October.
Barbara’s faith has always been a key part of her life. She firmly believed in salvation through Christ and imparted the importance of this belief to her children, her husband, and would always find an opportunity to share her faith with others. She was active in a bible study group and was a member and volunteer at various churches in Lawrence.
She was diagnosed with stage IV gallbladder cancer this past January. She fought this battle with cancer with grace and dignity and complete faith in Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents and her step-mother, Zelma, who raised her after her mother died when she was four, and her brother, Norman Thiessen.
She is survived by her husband David, her children Todd Isaac, Lawrence, KS, and Natalie Isaac, Denver, CO, her mother-in-law Ruth Lowenthal, Lawrence, KS, sister-in-law Darlene Thiessen, Lawrence, KS, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Deb and Ron Teeter, Lawrence, KS, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Kathy Lowenthal, Scott City, KS, nephew Kevin Thiessen and family, Rogers, AR, and niece Tayna Luder and family, Overland Park, KS, and a host of other family members and friends.
Memorial gifts can be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators or Family Life Broadcasting System in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Messages & Condolences
Hi Dave. I am sorry I found out about Barb this late. I know you may not remember me, but I remember the days of City basketball with you, Knute, Kevin, Dave Piper, Jeff and the gang! Those days were the best.
Stay strong, Dave. Barbara would have wanted that. You were a great couple. Take care.
Thinking of you,
Todd just a short note to let you know that I will hold you in my thoughts as you go through this difficult time. If there is somthing I can do please feel free to let me know.
Dear David and family
All of us at LCL are sorry for your loss. We know the last few months have been very difficult for all of you. Our thoughts are with you.
Carol, Mike, and Rich and families
David, today is a day of celebration for Barbara now that she is at home in Heaven. I’ve heard it said that if we only knew what Barbara knows and sees in Heaven, we wouldn’t be grieving and our hearts wouldn’t be so heavy. But truth is, grief and sadness does exist for those left behind simply because I know you miss her terribly. Now you have an angel to look after you. God Bless!!
Todd, my heart goes out to you. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear David and family,
We are very sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing, although we are comforted with the thought of her being with our Lord Jesus now. You will always have our support even though we are thousands of miles away. We pray that God might bring peace to your lives.
Sending condolences to Dave Lowenthal and Family on your loss.
Jim Skridulis, Kevin Skridulis, Jenny Vellon
Dear David, Todd & Natalie,
It is really difficult to express our sense of loss and sorrow at Barbara’s passing, but we know that she is truly safe for the ages with our Lord. Please know that her life and wonderful personality added so much to others that we are at a loss.
Mike and Netta
DAVID, TODD, NATALIE,
I’M GRIEVING WITH YOU IN YOUR LOST. BARBARA
WAS A SPECIAL FRIEND. I FEEL SO BLESSED THAT
SHE WAS PART OF MY LIFE. EVEN THOUGH I’M
SELFISHLY SAD I REJOICE IN KNOWING SHE’S
CELEBRATING WITH THE LORD. WHAT PEACE THAT
BRINGS! SHE HAS VALIDATED THE GOOD NEWS ALL
HER LIFE AND IN THAT KNOWLEDGE WE WILL ONE
DAY BE WITH HER. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. WE WILL BE THINKING ABOUT YOU AS YOU GIVE YOUR LAST
RESPECTS. I WISH WE COULD BE THERE, BUT WE
ARE TIED TO SOME COMMITMENTS IN CORINTH THAT
NEED OUR PRESENCE. KNOW WE ARE WITH YOU IN
SPIRIT. LOVE YOU, BILL AND VICKI AVERY
Dear David, Natalie and Todd–your Barbara was one of a kind. I enjoyed and valued her friendship and will miss her.I’m sure you’ll miss the energy and light she brought to your lives. She will be missed here but is in the presence of her Lord. May you sense God’s assurance in the days ahead. Steve and Lori
I love you mom. You were the key to my life and were always there for me. Words can’t express the hole in my life now that you are gone.
David and family,
I’m so sorry to learn of your loss.
Dear David and family,
We were shocked to hear of Barbara’s homegoing today. We had no idea of her cancer diagnosis. However, we know she had a very strong faith and is safe with Jesus now. We send our prayers heavenward on your behalf as you mourn this great loss. May God bring comfort and a special measure of strength in the days ahead.
Ed and Melissa Swanson (now living in Mexico)
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