Vicki Ann Barmann (nee New) passed away peacefully on Monday, May 4, 2015 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born September 24, 1943 in Pittsburg, PA, the youngest daughter of Joseph and Frances (Williams) New. Vicki's mother died when she was ten years old. Vicki remained very close to her mother's side of the family and held a special place in her heart for her Boston relatives. Vicki's father managed hotels as a career and, as such, her childhood was spent living in hotels across the country including in Pittsburgh and St. Louis. Her unique childhood lead to a lifelong comfort and deep joy in traveling the world. Vicki attended high school at Xavier High School in St. Louis, MO where she built many friendships. Those friendships were rekindled and became a core support system that was very dear to her when she returned to St. Louis to be near family at the end of her life. Vicki graduated from high school and went to Dubuque, Iowa to join the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary (aka BVMs). She studied there and evolved into the beloved woman that she was for the rest of her life. She always embraced her deep personal faith while embodying the BVM values of freedom, education, charity and justice throughout the rest of her life. From Mount Carmel, she went on to study at Mundeleine College near Chicago, IL. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and later achieved a Masters Degree in Education from the University of MO, Kansas City. She began her 48-year teaching career after graduating from Mundeleine. Vicki married Bob Barmann in 1972 and together they had a beautiful family. Vicki and Bob traveled extensively throughout their 42 years of marriage. Her life's work and her greatest love and passion was teaching French in the North Kansas City School District throughout her adult life. She was an enthusiastic, caring, passionate teacher of thousands of students. She loved developing relationships with students, engaging them in rigorous work, traveling with them in the US and France, and challenging them to do and to be their best. Her dream was to inspire students in ways that would assist them in becoming accomplished in their personal, professional and spiritual lives. The content of her classes was French; the lessons were about life. Her husband Bob preceded Vicki in death. She is survived by her five children, Jen, Rob, Amy, Jim and Missy, two sons-in-law, Dan and Jeff, a daughter-in-law, Allison, six grandchildren, Grace (10), Max (8), Addie (7), Nolan (7), Walker (4) and Elise (8 months). Vicki built meaningful and long lasting friendships at every stage in her life. These friendships nourished her sprit at all times, especially that of her dear friends in the Tebbe Family. Her family is amazed at her strength, in awe of the impact she has had on her students and in deep mourning for the loss of her powerful presence on this earth. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 9 starting with a visitation at 10:30 am and funeral mass at 12:00pm at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W 103rd St, Overland Park, KS 66214. The burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery immediately following mass. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Staley High School French Club to memorialize Vicki and allow for her continued involvement with students. 2800 Northeast Shoal Creek Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64156. (Condolences may be expressed at: www.porterfuneralhome.com
Arrangements: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS (913) 438-6444) P
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Published by Kansas City Star on May 7, 2015.