Sister Barbara Kober, PHJC, formerly known as Sr. Georgeann, passed away September 7, 2015, at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to George and Ann (Wagner) Kober in Chicago, Illinois on May 26, 1936. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on July 16, 1957.
Sister Barbara began teaching elementary school in 1957 at St. John School in Quincy, Illinois. She continued to teach until 1975 and served at St. Monica, Mishawaka and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond in Indiana; and St. Boniface, Edwardsville, Illinois.
She then began serving as a Parish Minister at St. Ansgar, Hanover Park; St. Ann, Lansing; Notre Dame of Chicago and in Macon and Stonington, Illinois. She also served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond and St. Benedict Terre Haute in Indiana.
Sister Barbara explains her service in Mexico, “In 1988, the Poor Handmaids answered the Holy Spirit’s call to reach out to the Third World countries. In 1994 I volunteered to serve our mission in Coatzacoalcos, Vera Cruz, Mexico. I drove our new truck for our Comedor (children’s food program). I also taught English to adults and college students.” When she returned to the States, Sister Barbara taught English as a second language in Plymouth, Indiana.”
Sister Barbara lived at the Catherine Kasper Home.
May she rest in peace!
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.