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 Barbara R. <I>Dietrich</I> Kailing

Barbara R. Dietrich Kailing

Lagrange County, Indiana, USA
Death 18 Sep 2010 (aged 70)
Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Michigan, USA
Burial Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 59003727 · View Source
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Barbara R. Kailing of Big Rapids, Michigan, entered eternal life on Saturday, September 18, 2010. She was 70 years old.

Barbara was born June 24, 1940 in LaGrange County, Indiana, the daughter of Byron and Ruth (McNall) Dietrich. When Barbara was a little girl, her family moved to Coldwater, Michigan, and later to nearby Reading, Michigan.

Barb graduated from Reading High School in 1957 and then moved to Detroit. She worked for Michigan National Bank for nearly two years until she met Norman Kailing. Barb immediately "knew he was the one" and they were married on October 28, 1959 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hillsdale. The young couple moved to Big Rapids, to make their home and raise their family.

Barbara was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big Rapids, where she worked as the secretary/bookkeeper for 27 years until retiring in 2002.

She is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Norman; six children, Monica (Martin) Sitts, Kenneth Kailing, Connie (Larry) London, and Frank Kailing, all of Big Rapids; Lori (Tom) Jaques of Ocean Springs, MS, Anthony (Laurie) Kailing of Hersey; 12 grandchildren; a brother, Elwood Dietrich, and a sister Pat (Richard) Clark all of Reading, MI, and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her step-father, Lawrence "Fuzz" Traxler, an infant brother, and Norman's parents, her in-law's, Edward Kailing and Mary Mattzela Kailing.

Visitation: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1009 Marion Ave. from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7:15 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big Rapids, Michigan, with Father Lam T. Le as Celebrant, and Father George Fekete and Father David Gross as Con-Celebrants.

Burial: Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery

Memorials: St. Mary's Bell Tower Project

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Barbara R. Dietrich Kailing (24 Jun 1940–18 Sep 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59003727, citing Mount Carmel Cemetery, Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .