Barbara Colleen (Conyers) van de Sandt passed away peacefully early in the morning Oct. 31, 2015.. She had suffered for many years with Alzheimer’s and resided at a nursing home in Zionsville.. Born Barbara Colleen Conyers in Monroe, Barb graduated from Warsaw Indiana High School in 1947.. In high school, she developed her love for music, playing the trumpet in the high school band. Barbara became an avid musician, playing the organ and directing choirs at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fairborn, Ohio, teaching piano lessons, and playing the trumpet in various community bands.. Barbara retired from civil service in 1987 after working as an assistant in the surgical clinics at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio. She started her career as an assistant to the Office of Special Investigation at Wright Patterson in 1949.. She met her husband of 56 years, Glenn van de Sandt, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Dayton, Ohio, and they were married on July 27, 1957.. Barbara is survived by her five children: Penny Johnson, Washington Courthouse, Ohio; Linda Cristman, Rescue, California; William van de Sandt (Ann), Zionsville; Karen Stacey (Richard), Smyrna, Tennessee; and Robert van de Sandt, Sierra Vista, Arizona; stepchildren, Sherian Traywick (James), Fortson, Georgia; Ronald van de Sandt, Xenia, Ohio; and Michael van de Sandt, Meade, Colorado; 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.. Barbara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be missed by all who loved her.. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Burcham Jennings Funeral Home, 119 E. Main St., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.. There will be a service at the funeral home followed by interment at Byron Cemetery.. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.burchamjennings.com.
Published on  November 4, 2015