obit: Barbara Jean Simank Kelm
Barbara Jean Simank Kelm, 73, of Thrall, passed away Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at home after a long battle with brain cancer.
Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Condra funeral home in Taylor. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27 at St. John Lutheran Church in Thorndale.
Barbara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend that will be missed by all that loved her. Barbara was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, where she also married Johnny Kelm, of Hare. They recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary July 17.
After many tours of duty with U.S. Air Force, Barbara and Johnny retired to the Thrall area. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 4009 of Thorndale.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Thusnelda Marie and Willie Albert Simank, and brother Norris Simank, of Hare.
Barbara is survived by her husband, of over 56 years, Johnny Kelm, and one sister Eleanor and husband Johnny Martin, of Fort Worth. Survivors include her daughters: Deborah and husband Barry Black, of Franklin; Diana and husband Reuben Patschke, of Hutto; Pam and husband Curtis Remmert, of Bastrop; and son Kevin and wife Heidi Kelm, of Taylor; 11 grandchildren: Richie, Toni, Kerri, Cassie, Neal, Cindy, Karen, Craig, Tucker, Jentri and Autree; seven great-grandchildren: Andi, Anson, Mackenzie, Scott, Aaron, Weston and Cy; and many other nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to Hospice Austin and the Visiting Angels of Cedar Park for their care and support of Barbara at home during her last half of this year. Linda, Milcha and Kathy are God’s angels and part of our family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. John Lutheran Church memorial fund or the American Cancer Society.
Taylor Daily Press