Passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of March 8, 2014 with her family by her side. She was 90 years old. A third generation Santa Rosan, Barbara graduated from St. Rose School, Santa Rosa High School, Santa Rosa Junior College and the University of California at Berkeley. She spent a lifetime in community service and leadership. She was a past president of the Santa Rosa Symphony League, St. Eugene's Parish Council, Saturday Afternoon Club, and Welfare League, among others. She served on the boards of directors for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), Catholic Charities, and Ursuline High School. Barbara was the sole granddaughter of William Metzger, original owner of the winery and brewery located on Santa Rosa Creek, which he sold to the Grace Brothers in the 1890s. In 1984, along with her beloved husband of 63 years, Tom Konicek, Barbara oversaw the renovation of her family's historic downtown home as that year's Symphony League Designer Showcase House. Following the showcase, she and Tom moved into the home, which in turn marked the revival of what is now known as the "St. Rose Historic Neighborhood." Over the years, the couple hosted numerous charitable, political, and social events at the home; including an occasionally-annual Christmas party, which in 2012 drew 300 of her closest friends. Tom, the former owner of the historic Hahman Pharmacy, passed away in 2009. The couple enjoyed various wide-ranging and multi-generational circles of friends. They were devout parishioners of St. Eugene's Cathedral, among the founding members of Wild Oak Saddle Club, and avid dominoes players. Barbara cherished Birthday Club celebrations, rounds of tennis, winning bridge hands, and profitable days at the races. Last summer, she celebrated her 90th birthday with her family at Lake Tahoe, a place she considered her second home. Barbara's surviving family includes her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin Konicek and Michelle Zyromski; daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Joe Dietzen; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Breck Beatie; and grandchildren Greg Dietzen (Maya), Peter Dietzen, Mary Devon Dietzen, and Dane Beatie. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass in Barbara's honor at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at St. Eugene's Cathedral in Santa Rosa. Following Mass, Barbara cordially invites everyone to a cocktail reception at the Wild Oak Saddle Club, which will include her favorite cuisine of hot dogs, ice cream, and martinis. Donations in Barbara's honor may be made to Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), Catholic Charities, and the Santa Rosa Symphony League. Daniels Chapel of the Roses 707-525-3730
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Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 14 to Mar. 17, 2014