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Barbara Kiehn Mar. 15, 1958 ~ May 11, 2010 Resident of Castro Valley Born to Estie & Eleanor Vanek in Castro Valley, CA, Barbara attended Our Lady of Grace Grammar School and Castro Valley High School. Except for traveling, Barbara never wandered far from her birthplace, making Castro Valley her lifetime home. She enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, and visiting friends and relatives in Ireland and southern California. Barbara had a special passion for animals, especially dogs and cats. Shetland Sheepdogs were her favorite breed, but the occasional stray cat was also a welcome addition. Barbara worked for Pacific Telephone for many years, but her destiny was a career in being the matriarch of her ever-growing extended family. She especially cherished the holidays, and made every family occasion a special one. Barbara is survived by her beloved husband Dale Kiehn and her brother Pat Vanek. Her niece Angela Botz and nephews Aaron & Colin Vanek and Sean & Daniel Kiehn consider her more of a mother than an aunt. Barbara was also the loving Nana to Gabriella, Harrison, Haylee, Megan, Lilly, and Rowen, as well as her entire extended family, who will all miss her dearly. Dear Barbara, if love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Published in Inside Bay Area from May 16 to May 18, 2010
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