1943 - 2015
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: 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.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
11300 W 103rd St, Overland Park, Kansas
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Holy Spirit Catholic Church
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I thought about Mrs. Barmann while watching the fire at Notre Dame. She was and is my favorite teacher and I learned so much more than just French from her. I remember going to a French restaurant close to the Plaza with her a few times. She was such an amazing person. All of us are blessed to have had her be part of our lives!
Theresa Hines Caraway
April 17, 2019
Mrs. Barmann was one of the most impactful teachers in my life. I really enjoyed her as my French teacher at Winnetonka High School. It was her passion of the French language that really inspired me to learn it and travel. One of my best life memories was that of attending Easter Mass with her and our school group in Paris at Notre Dame. My prayers are with her family. Thank you Mrs. Barmann for everything you taught me about the French language and about life!
April 16, 2019
I, too, started my French language studies with Miss New (Mrs. Barmann) at Winnetonka. She was a real dynamo. I worked for St. Mary's Hospital after school our senior year (1973). I was able to obtain the nursery photo of her first born and give it to her when she returned to work following the delivery. My senior year in college, I moved to southern France and enrolled at the Universite de Montpellier where I studied French Language and Literature. It was all because of Mrs. Barmann's inspiration.
She touched my life indelibly.
Dwight Duncan
May 31, 2016
Mrs. Barmann was by far my favorite teacher and someone I could talk to when I needed someone. When needing a password hint, all that asks "who was your favorite teacher", Barmann is the answer. I got the privilege of being a TA with her. I have thought of her many times in my life wondering how she was doing. This breaks my heart for her family and everyone else who loves her! I am so sorry for your loss!
Theresa Hines-Caraway
September 8, 2015
I had her as my French teacher back in 85 at Winnetonka HS. She was a great teacher and everyone loved her. Prayers and condolences to all family and friends.
Susan Shaw
September 7, 2015
She was one of a kind French teacher!! Sending my condolences to the entire Barmann Family.
May 12, 2015
Mrs. Barman was my favorite teacher. I got to work with her as a TA and she was always someone I admired. I have thought of her often over all the years. I hope her children and the rest of the family know how much her students loved her. I am sorry for your loss and have you all in my thoughts and prayers!
May 11, 2015
Mrs. Barmann was a wonderful French teacher at Winnetonka HS. She made such an impact on my life. Thank you Mrs. Barmann!
Penny Dakon-Elliott
May 11, 2015
Dear Children and Family of Vicki,

My heart is heavy with sadness for each one of you and all of us who had the privilege and joy of being a part of Vicki's life. Now, she is with Bob and I can see her smile!
She will remain a part of you and me forever.

Love and prayers,
Yvonne Spaulding
May 8, 2015
Dear Jen, Rob, Amy, Jim. and Missi and Family
My condolences to you and a promise of prayers for
a great woman as she goes to take possession of the place God has lovingly prepared for her. I met
Vicki in the Fall of 1967 as a fellow high school teacher. She was "the best" as a teacher as well as
in other arenas of life How she will be missed! It has been a privilege to remain her friend all the years since.
Father Luke Byrne S.J.
May 8, 2015
I can't help but think how appropriate it is to have Madame Barmann enter the gates of heaven on the first day of Teacher's Appreciation Week. I have never known anyone who inspired more educators and students than Vicki. Earlier this year, she was on Scott Anderson's shoulders cheering Staley's new teachers on to excellence. She will be missed, but her legacy will offer inspiration for many years to come.

My thoughts and prayers are with Vicki's precious family.
Barbara Madden
May 8, 2015
I never had Mrs. Barmann in class, but I knew her and respected her as if I had. She was a passionate teacher and one of the feistiest women I've ever met. As a teacher, she had the power to change lives, and she certainly took that power seriously. Thousands of students have been forever changed because of her. Now that's a legacy to be proud of. She will be missed.
Natalie Prater
May 8, 2015
I have such fond memories with Mrs. Barmann at Winnetonka - she truly was invested in her students. I remember her family stories she would share with such love! Thank you for sharing her with us!
Sara Meinking
May 7, 2015
Au revoir , Mme Barmann . Vous allez nous manquer , mais jamais oublié . Vous étiez un co- enseignant chéri . Je vais manquer votre drop-in visites de vérifier pour vous assurer que je suis encore enseigner la grammaire à mes étudiants en composition . Que Dieu bénisse votre famille dans leur période de deuil maintenant que vous avez évolué.
Yvonne Sexton
May 7, 2015
Mrs. Barmann spoke to the Staley Football players my son's junior year. Jacob was so inspired by her journey and the story she shared.
Heather Pfender
May 7, 2015
Madame Barmann, Thanks so much for the many blessings you gave to our family, especially Natalie. Your students adored you! I enjoyed being your colleague for a few years. Natalie saw NYC and Paris because of you! Merci beaucoup from the bottom of our hearts! Jim & Marla Edwards & les chats
May 7, 2015
Mrs. Barmanns dream to inspire students was not just a dream, but a reality. My daughter was lucky enough to have Mrs. Barmann not only as a teacher but as a mentor and friend. She touched my daughters heart more than anyone else in her 12 years of school! She may be gone but she will never be forgotten! Thank you Vicki for your investment in our children.
Kristi F.
May 7, 2015