Mary (Ostertag) Barkemeyer
Barkemeyer passed early Christmas morning, 2020, due to Covid-19 complications. She was beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and teacher.
Mary was born on August 15, 1939 in El Paso, TX to Kathryn and Carl Ostertag. She graduated from The University of Texas El Paso with a degree in Education. She married Jack Barkemeyer in 1963 and combined their families to raise seven children.
Mary was a teacher for years at Hoover Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She taught English and typing. Between teaching and raising her kids, she baked amazing pies and desserts. Holiday cookies were her favorite. She also was a beautiful seamstress and would make amazing pieces of art, from clothing to quilts and handmade teddy bears. She received many awards for her quilts in Mancos, Colorado. All of Mary's handmade pieces will be cherished and adored by her family and friends. Unfortunately, she began developing dementia ten years ago, but it never dampened her lively spirit.
Mary loved to dance with Jack! They would dance whenever they heard music. They loved to dance in the kitchen.
Mary was proceeded by the death of her eldest son, Bobby. Mary was also proceeded by the death of her husband Jack of over 56 loving years in May of this year. She is survived by her six children: John W., Janet, Jacob Jr., Hope, Jane, John and their spouses, as well as 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, and many other beloved family and friends.
Mary was loved by all and will be missed very much!
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 5, 2021.