Barbara Ellen Hladek, 82, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, after a valiant battle with Lewy Body dementia and diabetes. Daughter of the late Florence Ellen Bean and Herman Jay Bean, Barbara was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
Barbara attended Mount Vernon High School, where she participated in speech association, theater, four years in band, majored in vocal music and graduated in 1957. Barbara married Douglas Allan Hladek on April 15, 1961, and was blessed with two children. Besides being a wonderful mother, Barbara was an avid gardener, talented artist and a wonderful cook. She loved nature, especially birds, flowers, blue skies and sunsets, and was a dedicated fan of the Chicago Cubs and Willie Nelson. A love for travel took Barbara and her family to many wonderful destinations. Barbara attended Kirkwood Community College, where she earned first her LPN and, then while working full time, went back to earn her R.N. degree. She was a dedicated, hard-working and caring nurse for 28 years and took loving care of every mother and baby over those years.
Barbara is survived by husband, Douglas; son, Doug Hladek; daughter, Diane (Rusty) Lingenfelter; grandchildren, Lee Lingenfelter, Jay Lingenfelter, Margret Lingenfelter and Samantha (Brandon) Maske; and great-granddaughter, Blaire.
Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Frank and Addie Butler; mother, Florence Bean; dad, Herman Bean; sister, Jeri Lou (Mike) Ceynar; and brother, Robert Bean.
Arrangements are being handled through Cedar Memorial in Cedar Rapids. Per Barbara's wishes, no formal services are being scheduled at this time. Her family will likely plan an informal celebration of life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Cedar Valley Humane Society or Meals on Wheels.
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Bell and Renee Grummer-Miller of the Palliative Care team at St. Luke's Hospital, the staff at Winslow House Care Center and the hospice team at Care Initiatives.
"My last. I am gone, but remember as you knew me."
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