Barbara Jean Christensen

Oct 16, 2018
Christensen, Barbara news


10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church


4-7 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2018 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel and also one hour before the service at the church.


Garden of Memories 


may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice 2101 Kimball Ave. #401 Waterloo, Iowa 50702


In the early morning hours of October 16, 2018, Barb Christensen was welcomed to eternal life.

A woman of strong conviction, she was the matriarch of the Carpenter/Christensen family, with deserved love and respect of those whose lives she helped to mold and shape.  Her word was her bond, her acceptance was unconditional, her love and dedication were forever and true.

Born October 20, 1941 in Waterloo, IA, Barbara Jean Carpenter was the eldest of seven children born to Howard and Virginia Carpenter.  She graduated from Orange High School with the Class of 1960 and on May 25, 1960, she married her lifetime companion, Pete Christensen.  To this union were born three children.  Jody, Rick, and Melissa who they raised to be strong, respectful and caring individuals. 

She was employed by Bill Doran Wholesale florist for 38 years until her retirement.

It was the little things that made Barb smile.  It was a weekend of camping with her family, nights of playing cards with the clan, cradling a newest born grand and rocking them to sleep, preparing a Thanksgiving meal for family (plus many) or just sitting around the table surrounded by those that mattered most to her that gave her the deepest satisfaction.  Add to that music, the sweet music that she loved, and not only her feet but her heart were dancing.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband, Pete Christensen of Waterloo; one son, Rick (Laura) Christensen of Cedar Falls; two daughters, Jody (Rick) Snyder of Waterloo, Melissa (Tim) Moyer of Waterloo; eight grandchildren, Joe (Lisa) Perry of Gilbertville, Janeene Perry of La Porte City, Nick Snyder of Waterloo, Natalie (Brian) Hershberger of Jesup, Amy Christensen of Dysart, Nick Long of Washburn, Kaylee Moyer of Coralville, Alex Moyer of Waterloo; thirteen great grandchildren, Brayden, Landon, Raelyn, Dalton, Abby, Ava, Greyleigh, Savanna, Koltyn, Bryan, Caleb, Danica, Elizabeth; two brothers, Bruce (Laurie) Carpenter of Aurora, Colorado, Blaine Carpenter of Waterloo and two sisters, Beverly (Rich) Patterson of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Brenda Richards of Littleton, Colorado.

Preceded in death were her parents; two brothers, Brian “Butch” Carpenter and Brad Carpenter.

May her soul watch over us in death as she did in life.



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  1. Norm Christensen | Oct 22, 2018


    We are sorry for your loss.  It is a painful time. Joyce's youngest brother passed away on Sat. 20 Oct. So we will have that painful trip. He had ALS from a military exposure. He was 69.


    Joyce and Norm Christensen

  2. Kim Swanson-Huff | Oct 18, 2018

    Many years ago I was a frequent customer at Bill Doran's in Waterloo to get supplies for my floral business. I often had my 2 small children in tow. Barb was always so helpful and kind to me and never seemed to mind that I had my hands full of flowers and my kids in a shopping cart. I was there not long ago and looked for her, but assumed she had retired. To me, she was the familiar, friendly face I looked for and always associated with Doran's. 

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and friend. I feel like I knew her a little better after reading your beautiful tribute. May she rest in peace.

  3. Kent Miller | Oct 18, 2018

    Barb was a brave and gracious lady as she struggled with her health issues. She was always a very compliant patient. My prayers and condolences to Pete and all the family.

    Kent D. Miller, DO

  4. Janet LIming | Oct 18, 2018

    Memories are what will sustain each of you who are now at a loss for this wonderful woman.  Her pain is gone, and although you can no longer see or touch her, Barb will always be with you.  Speak to her often, tell her your thoughts, cry when you need, laugh when you want and remember she is not far. 

    Although she can no longer be physically present, her soul watches over you.  She has now been rewarded with eternal life allowing her to renew friendships and love with those gone before her.  One can be assured the reunion is fabulous!

    Barb now stands alongside you, guiding you, protecting you and caring for you just as she did in life.  Her parting is a temporary moment in time, until you meet again.

    My love--Janet

  5. keith christensen | Oct 17, 2018

    I remember Barb as a great wife and mother. A big part of the Christensen Iowa family. She was a wonderful lady. I’m sorry Pete, for your sad loss. Please accept my condolences.



    A cousin, son of Lee Christensen

  6. Rosalie (Roewert) Greenley | Oct 17, 2018

    We remember Barb from high school and what a nice person she was.  I remember kidding around with her about the number of good-looking available boys we had to choose from in our class.  Little did I know she probably had her sights set on Pete Christensen already!  We are so sorry she had to go through so much and we hope someday we see her in Heaven - assuming we all make it!  So sorry for your loss, Pete.  

    God be with you!

    Rosalie (Roewert) Greenley and Larry Greenley

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