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Barb Kiburz

Barb Hoover was born on January 24, 1926 to Walt and Sadye (Law) Hoover of Ellston, Iowa. She was born in the same rural farm house as Walt, on the original homestead of her ancestors.

Barb was the only child of Walt & Sadye and went to country school, then graduated from Tingley High School. She graduated from Drake University with a degree in music. During this time she had a part time job as a secretary for Motor Carriers.

Barb married John Kiburz on May 30, 1949 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple then became school teachers in Arispe. Barb taught music, typing and shorthand. She started the first band at the Arispe school. Barb then became a full-time mom with the birth of their daughter Joy, followed by daughter Judy.

John & Barb became partners with Walt & Sadye Hoover in Hoover Angus Farm and later took over the family business. Barb witnessed during her lifetime how Hoover Angus grew from a small herd to one of international prominence, where semen from Hoover-bred bulls is used on 4 continents and numerous foreign countries.

Barb's hobby was baking for the Iowa State Fair, where she competed for many decades. This was a family tradition started by Sadye Hoover. Barb's primary entries in the State Fair were cookies. She once claimed the prestigious "Cookie of the Fair" award and twice she claimed the Cookie Sweepstakes award for most blue ribbons received in the cookie division.

Barb passed away on March 1, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walt & Sadye Hoover.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, John Kiburz; daughters Joy (David) McFarland and Judy Harrison (special friend Eric Fell); one granddaughter Landi (Andrew) Livingston; and one newborn great granddaughter, Gwen Livingston.

A memorial fund has been established in her name to be used at the Iowa State Fair.

Services: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr, Iowa

Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong

Visitation: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fri, March 3

Family Present: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fri, March 3 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr, Iowa

Private Burial: Tingley Cemetery

Memorials: In her name to be used at the Iowa State Fair

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I hadn't the pleasure of knowing Mr. and Mrs. Kiburz, but I was in their daughter Judy's class in Hjgh School. Judy is an exceptional lady with a kind heart, much strength and courage. I know that her parents shared those qualities. My deepest condolences to Judy, the whole family and friends in their grief at the passing of this good lady. We certainly miss those we love, but that love stays with us to wrap us in warm memories.

Carla DeVries Mar 12 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Barbs passing. What a great gal! She always made the area seem like home. Our prayers from Northeast Iowa.

Jay Herter and Family Mar 3 2017 12:00 AM

I was so sad to hear of Barb's passing. She was a wonderful and funny lady. I am so glad i got to know her for awhile, when she would come into the beauty shop, she always had a chuckle and sometimes a story loved to be with the other gals to visit. My deepest sympathies to all of your family.

CINDY DUGAN Mar 3 2017 12:00 AM

Thinking of you all. Barb was big part of Tingley and will be missed by many.

Alan and Lois Ibbotson Mar 3 2017 12:00 AM

Thinking of your family during this difficult time. Enjoyed visiting with her. Prayers being sent your way.

Heather Martin Mar 2 2017 12:00 AM

It has been such a pleasure to be in Barb's live these last several years. I will miss her so much, her laugh, her little twinkle in her eye when she would get me to laughing. She loved to tease. There is an empty place in my heart today. My prayers to John, Joy and David, Judy, Landi and Andrew and Gwen. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family. I love you all.

Diane Case Mar 2 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest condolenses to Barb's family. It was in honor and a priviledge to have made her acquaintance. She will be greatly missed

Eric Mar 2 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to this family. Barb was so nice to me when I lived in Tingley. A beautiful lady I would aspire to be more like. She and John hold a special place in my heart. So sorry for your loss.

Mari Hughes Mar 2 2017 12:00 AM