Barbara J. Sebesta

Barbara J. Sebesta

Barb passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born February 14, 1949 in Plainwell the daughter of Erwin and Ruth (Radke) Honeysett. Barb graduated from Otsego High School in 1967. She worked for Parker Hannifin Pneumatics in Richland for almost 30 years, retiring just over 7 years ago. Barb enjoyed antiques, especially antique dolls. In 2004 she was married to John E. Sebesta who had been her companion since 1985.

Survivors include her father, Erwin; husband, John; children, Jerry Howe of Plainwell, Rebecca (Adam Posther) Howe of Kalamazoo; stepchildren, Deb (Bob) Ross of St. Claire Shores, John (Kim) Sebesta of Hamilton, Don Sebesta and Dan (Jennifer) Sebesta both of Allegan; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jason, Alex, Taylor, Carly, Johnathan and Audrey; great-grandchildren, Constantine, Dawson and Kayla; and her sisters, Sandra McInterfer and Joann Kennedy both of Gobles. She was preceded in death by her mother.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place and no public services are scheduled at this time.

Contributions in memory of Barb may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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  1. Teri Laster says:

    So sorry to hear of Barbs passing. She was one of the sweetest gals I’ve had the pleasure in knowing. My sincere sympathy to al of her family. Prayers for peace.

  2. Don and Shirley Brown says:

    So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. I worked with Barb for many years and she was a real sweeti and very caring person. Thoughts and prays to John and their children at this time. RIP Barb.

  3. Linda Rice Snider says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Barb. Have not seen her in many years but she was my best friend in kindergarten..

  4. Robert Slotman says:

    Sorry to here about the lose of your wife . know you will miss her a lot. if you should want to talk I still live at the same old place or you can call me .

  5. Linda Veld Benwire says:

    So sorry to hear about Barb’s passing. We first met in 6th grade and rapidly became best friends. We remained friends throughout high school, but sadly I lost track of her. Prayers and sympathy to her family.

  6. Sally and Ben Beck sr. says:

    Going to miss you so much. We had many good times, vacations, flea markets, looking for antiques, and going out to eat just visiting was special. R.I.P, Barb, will see you again.

  7. John and Donna Howe says:

    Jerry and Becky, so sorry to hear you lost your Mother? We have always loved and respected her. We know she was a great Mother to you both and was a big support to you when Jerry Sr. Died.

  8. Joan grimm says:

    Sorry to hear your loss. Prayers for all the family. You are all in our thoughts. Please call if you need anything.

  9. Brad & Margo Armdt says:

    So sorry to hear of Barbs passing. Prayers & hugs to you John & the Family. RIP Barb.

  10. Keith Brouwer says:

    So sorry to hear of Barbs passing, I worked with her and John at Parker. She was a great lady and always had a positive attitude. Very likable person. Thoughts and prayers to John and family.

  11. Dan and Sandy Fleming says:

    John and family, We are so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. Dan and I want to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to all of you. I worked with Barb at Pneumatics . She was such a pleasant person to be around. I never ever heard her say a bad word about anybody. She was such a soft spoken person who loved her family and friends. R.I.P. Barbie.

  12. Don and Lila Reynolds says:

    John and family,…. so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. I worked many years with Barb and John. Such a positive lady and great worker…. anyone having a bad day could just talk to Barb and the day would become much brighter. She will be missed……..

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