Barbara Jean Calnin
1936 - 2021
Starks Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Sommerfeld Chapel
15 N Barton St
New Buffalo, MI

NEW BUFFALO - Barbara Jean Calnin, 84, was called to heaven surrounded by family on July 2, 2021, at her home in New Buffalo, Michigan.

Barbara was born December 15, 1936, in East Chicago, IN, to Sophie Holst and Frank Kocur. The eldest to three siblings: Tommy, Bobby, and Phyllis. In 1948, she was adopted by Helen and Bill Schoch.

She will be welcomed by her daughter, Sherry Calnin, who preceded her in death March 21, 2015.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, George Calnin; Daughters Rhonda Perna of Chicago and Mary Kelly of Ann Arbor; Five grandchildren, Kristen (Jeff) Kerns, Steffen Perna, Rachel Perna, Michael Perna, and Nicholas Kelly; Two great-grandchildren Marcin and Josey Kerns.

Barbara was a beautiful lady. She carried herself with poise and treated others with dignity. In 1954, she was crowned Miss New Buffalo and Miss Blossomtime. A queen she was and always will be to her devoted husband, George. The pair met as middle schoolers who went on to marry December 29, 1956.

As a 1955 graduate of New Buffalo High School, Barbara went on to study at Elkhart University and Twin City Business College. Her occupation included secretarial duties at Berry Metal and Indiana State Prison. Barbara also worked as a dental assistant. She is remembered as one who was both fun and witty as well as organized and orderly. Her presence will be greatly missed.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Sommerfeld Chapel – New Buffalo, MI. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 7, 2021, from 11:00am-1:00pm at St. Mary of the Lake Church with Mass of Christian Burial following visitation at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Mary of the Lake Alter and Rosary Society. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at

Published by Harbor Country News on Jul. 6, 2021.
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