Barbara Heisinger

CEDAR FALLS, IA — Barbara Bretz Heisinger, 78, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, formerly of Vermillion, died Jan. 2, 2019 at Western Home Communities of Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born April 18, 1940, in Bryan, Texas, daughter of Theodore and Elizabeth (Sloane) Bretz. Barbara graduated from Columbia, Missouri’s University High School in 1958. She attended Scripps College and then the University of Missouri, graduating with a BS in Botany. She married James Heisinger on Jan. 28, 1962, in Columbia, Missouri.

Barbara was a homemaker. Later, she obtained a Masters Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University, and worked as a librarian at the University of South Dakota School of Law.

She is survived by her husband of Cedar Falls, Iowa; her daughter, Lorelei (Donald) Redfern of Cedar Falls; her son, Ted (Dawn Turner) Heisinger of Madison, Wisconsin and her grandsons, Benson, Harrison and Grant Redfern of Cedar Falls.She is also survived by her brothers, Peter Bretz of Austin, Texas and William Bretz of El Cajon, California. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Richardson Funeral Service, Cedar Falls, is assisting the family.

Memorials may be directed to Western Home Communities, Cedar Falls, IA or to the Spirit Mound Trust, Vermillion.

Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.

Barbara was an avid gardener and competitive swimmer. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Western Home Communities, especially to all employees at Nation Cottage, for their loving and respectful care; and to Unity Point Hospice.

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