Kay F. Barjenbruch
March 7, 1933 – September 1, 2021
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, September 10th at 10:30am, Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St. Entombment: Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorials are suggested to Christ the King Church or Methodist Hospital Foundation.
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Kay Iverson Barjenbruch passed away peacefully at the Omaha Aksarben Care Center on early Wednesday, September 1st, following a long illness. Kay was born on March 7, 1933, in Rock Dell, Minnesota, the second of five children of Haven and Frances Iverson. She spent her childhood and teen years in Rock Dell and Kellogg, Minnesota. While attending elementary school in Rock Dell, Kay had perfect attendance for five straight years.
She graduated from Kellogg High School in 1951, St. Mary’s LVN School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota in 1952, Kahler Methodist School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota for her RN Diploma in 1957, and the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia where she received her Nurse Anesthetist diploma in 1960. After graduating from Kahler Methodist, she worked as a nurse in plastic surgery at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota; after receiving her nurse anesthetist diploma she was employed at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and she free-lanced at several hospitals near Eau Claire Wisconsin. After moving to Omaha, she was employed as a Nurse Anesthetist at Methodist Hospital for over thirty years.
In October 1960, she married Charles Fredrick, and they were later divorced. From that union, two children were born – Dea in 1962 and Derron in 1967. Kay was a very devoted mother, and her children were the light of her life.
In August 1979, Kay married Dr. Kenneth Barjenbruch, and their household now consisted of three children with Ken’s son, Brian, joining Dea and Derron.
Kay is survived by her husband, Dr. Kenneth Barjenbruch; her daughter, Dea Cristea (Nick), her son, Derron (Heather) and Ken’s son, Brian; her sister, Margaret-Mitzi (Joe); her brother, Dennis (Pat); six grandchildren: Julius Fredrick, Honor Fredrick, Acer Cristea, Teo Cristea, Kai Fredrick, and Harper Fredrick; nieces and nephews and many friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Haven and Frances Iverson; her sister, Constance O’Connor; and her brother, Lynn Iverson.
Kay had a life rich in experiences. She loved her family with her whole heart, had jobs that she liked, and was able to travel within the United States and internationally. That said, Kay, always loved home best. Those who knew Kay cherished her fun spirit, warmth, and good heart.