Barbara Joann (White) Aufenberg was called home in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 3, 2022. She was surrounded by loved ones while in her bed at home, including her daughters Bethany &Lani, her two sisters, two nieces and her fur babies. It was a quick illness that claimed her, but it was full of love and a beautiful sight to behold in her final moment.
Barbara was a staunch Republican who believed in making America great again. She enjoyed music &dancing and was always a favorite at any event. She had a kind heart that was open to all creatures great &small. Her gentle touch helped nurse back many a raccoon, opossum, rabbit, deer, squirrel and birds of all sizes. She found peace on her farm just south of Cortland, where she could be herself and hunt the rich fields for Native American artifacts and any other rock that caught her fancy. She will be missed by all of those fortunate to have known her.
After gaining a degree in Medical Technology, Barbara worked in many hospital laboratories throughout Indiana, including Muncie, Monticello, Madison &Seymour, where she honed the skills of her trade before retiring from Schneck Medical Center as supervisor over blood bank.
In passing, Barbara was reunited with her husband, Master Conservation Officer Bill Aufenberg, her parents, Donald &Joan (Wagner) White, In-Laws Leonard &Ruth (Cutlip) Aufenberg, her Aunt Patricia (Wagner) Dyer &Uncle Herb, her close family friends Babe &Peg (Huguet) Million and her little dog Joey.
In transcendence, she has left her daughters Bethany Aufenberg &Lani (Erich) Ohrt, her grandsons Caleb &Noah Voigt, sisters Kathy (Dan) Fulton &Janice (David) Bothof, her Aunt Doris (Wagner) Schuman &Uncle George, nieces Anna Mae (Jamie) Bauer &Stacy Dawn (Bryan) Affee, nephews Jonathan Draper &Stephen Bothof, her great nieces Bella Blue, Josephine, Sophia Marie, Emmilyn &Skarlett, great newphews Jacob &Spencer and close family friend Mary Lou (Million) Mead.
A Celebration of Life dinner in Barbara’s honor will be held at 5:30pm on June 4th at The Pines located at 4171 N 4289 US-31, Seymour, IN 47274. We will also be having a party at the Lake House down Pirate’s Roost Road in Monticello Indiana on September 24th. Friends &loved ones are all welcome to attend one or the other or both, and raise a glass and share some laughs as we all come together and remember the amazing woman that she was.
Donations may be made “In Memory of Barbara Aufenberg” to Red Sky Rescue in care of Karen McDonald at 241 South County Road 1125 E, Seymour, IN 47274, redskyrescue.org.