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CHILLICOTHE: Barbara Mary (Luken) Manegold of Chillicothe, 65, died peacefully at home on Thursday, June 12, 2014 following an extended illness. She was surrounded by the love of God, her husband Chris, their children, grandchildren, and her sisters. Barb was a devout Catholic who viewed her faith as the greatest gift her parents gave her. She lovingly passed this gift on to her children.
Barb was welcomed prematurely into this world on February 10, 1949 by her parents Frank L. and Janet L. (Schwallie) Luken in Cincinnati, Ohio. On December 18, 1971, she married Christopher M. Manegold in Cincinnati, a blessed marriage of 42 years and a love affair of 47 years that began with a chance meeting on May 28, 1967.
They are parents of Rachel (Terrance) Clayton of Portage, Michigan and Elliot (Erin) Manegold of Los Angeles, California. Barb shined in her role as proud Mimi to Nolan, Monica and Marshall Clayton, and Maximilian, Connor and Annabel Manegold; surviving are her sisters Janalee Tromans of Kansas City, Missouri, Bonnie (Dave) Kernan of Okeana, Ohio, Theresa (Robert) Miller of Dublin, Ohio; brother Tom (Penny) Luken of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Chris' siblings Catherine, Edward (Mary Lou) and Mark (Susan) Manegold; the many nieces, nephews and cousins of the extended Manegold and Luken families and the wide circle of friends she gathered in making a home for her family in five states will mourn her loss as well.
She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Janet; beloved nephew Alan Tromans; and stepmother Elizabeth.
A 1967 graduate of Mother of Mercy High School, Barb received a BFA in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati in 1972. Her diverse career included teaching elementary school art, freelance graphic design, owner of a design studio, and technology coordinator for the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange. Barb and her partner in Design Strategies of Freeport, Illinois were selected in a national competition to design the 1985 Small Business Week poster by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Their recognition included a trip to Washington, DC for a Rose Garden presentation at the White House. Never one to stop learning, she interrupted her working career to earn an MA in elementary and secondary education from Eastern Illinois University.
Barb's volunteer activities were reflective of the primacy of her children, her faith, and the importance of helping others: Brownie and Cub Scout leader; LaLeche League counselor; PTA organizations in elementary and high school; Hospice volunteer; Court Appointed Special Advocate; St. Peter Bereavement committee; co-founder of the Michigan chapter of Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People and the editor of its newsletter; and Ross County Friends of the Library. She served as president of her Zeta Tau Alpha sorority chapter at UC, delighted in hosting foreign exchange students, enjoyed international travel throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, and could be found at rodeos from Cody, Wyoming to Columbus, Ohio.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter Catholic Church, Chillicothe, on Tuesday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. William Hahn Celebrant. Visitation will be at Haller Funeral Home on Monday, June 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with Rosary and prayer service at 7:00. Burial will be at a later time at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church Cemetery, Bridgetown, Ohio.
Her online memorial register is available at www.HallerFuneralHome.com
Published in the Chillicothe Gazette from June 14 to June 15, 2014
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