Rahn, Barbara

Born: Nov 17, 1916
Died: Jun 01, 2017


Barbara Ripley Myers Rahn died peacefully on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the age of 100 years at her home, Lanark Heights Long Term Care in Kitchener.
Barbara was born in Clarks Green, Pennsylvania on November 17, 1916, the daughter of Marjorie Clapp Myers and James Myers.  Preceding her in death is her dear husband Sheldon, her 3 brothers; David Myers (Barbara) of Mill Valley, California, James Myers (Anna Louise) of Mendocino, California and John Myers (Janet) of Catskill, New York.
Barbara’s parents were married at the first Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York and for most of Barbara’s early years were residents of Cos Cob, Connecticut and New York City where her father became the founding executive secretary of a Committee on Social Services within the original Federal Council of Churches in 1908 which in later years evolved into the Department of Church and Economic Life of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.  Barbara’s mother for many years served as volunteer director of the Quaker Work Room at the 20th Street Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends in Manhattan.
Barbara was a graduate of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and a graduate student in early childhood education at the Bank Street School for Teachers in Manhattan.
Before her marriage, Barbara worked in teaching or supervisory roles at the Gordon School in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Vassar Family Institute, and at the Highlander Folk School Nursery School in Monteagle, Tennessee.  Following her marriage in 1941, she assisted in the development and then on the board of directors of a Cooperative Nursing School in Northville, Michigan, later as head teacher for the Wilton Friends Nursery School in Wilton, Connecticut, and for one summer as a head teacher with a federal Head Start Program in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Following a family move to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1966, Barbara served as executive director of the Waterloo branch of the YWCA for six years prior to becoming the supervisor for the first municipal Day Care Centre in Kitchener, Ontario, and subsequently supervisor of a new regional Home Day Care program for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.
On May 10, 1941, Barbara Ripley Myers and Sheldon Lloyd Rahn were married in the 20th Street Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends in Manhattan.  She was the mother of three grown children John Rahn (Suzanne) of Seattle, Cherry Rahn (Steven) of Geneva, New York and Patsy Rahn of Bloomington, Indiana.  There are, as well, three grand-daughters: Amanda Bautista (AJ) of Chicago, Charlotte Rahn-Lee (Rebecca) of New York City, and Lilah Rahn-Lee (Joe) of Liberty, Missouri.
Barbara was a prolific and generous quilt maker.
At Barbara’s request cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will commence at a later date.  Her ashes will be buried, with those of her husband, at Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg.  In place of designated gifts, letters and notes may be sent to members of the family.  Donations may be made in her honor to the organization of her friends’ choice.

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Riverside Cemetery
Bleams Road
New Hamburg
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Condolence from Donna Rich-Bradie sent on June 8, 2017

Barbara and Sheldon were neighbours of ours at Morningside Village, New Hamburg, for many years. My husband, Bob, sometimes helped Sheldon with computer issues, and I had many lovely and visits with Barbara. Barbara always had a quilt “on the go” and on one occasion presented me with one she had just completed. I will treasure it always. I last saw Barbara at her 100th Birthday celebration last November. What a joy it was to be present on that happy occasion! My sincere condolences to the whole family on the loss of your beautiful, precious Mother and Grandmother. Healing, comforting thoughts and prayers are with you. Donna Rich-Bradie donna.rb@outlook.com

Condolence from Deb Grimes sent on June 7, 2017

I wish I could have met the woman I know only as my dear friend Amanda’s “Grandma”. Amanda sent me a pic last fall of the two of them together at Grandma’s 100th birthday party….both were beaming. I’ve also seen the quilt she made especially for her granddaughter. The love between them was obviously deep and it sounds like that was the case for everyone in the family. Sadness will ease but not for awhile….may all of you find your own special way to remember her and hold her in your heart.

Condolence from Kirsten Teitelbaum sent on June 7, 2017

We did not get the honor of meeting this wonderful woman. We know her daughter ( Cherry ). There is no doubt in my mind that we would have been as honored to meet the mother as I feel we am having met the daughter. We send prayers of comfort to your family.
Kirsten and David

Condolence from parsnm@aol.com sent on June 7, 2017

Amazing women. I am honored to have TWO of her quilts.
Soft hugs and much love nancy myers