Kay F. Barjenbruch

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.

To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


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.



  • Dara Gemar Posted September 5, 2021 8:59 am

    Jerry and I always enjoyed Kay., her smile and fun personality. Deepest condolences to all her family.
    I know she left many memories that make you smile.

  • Karen LeClair Posted September 5, 2021 9:21 am

    I’m soo sorry to hear the passing ok Kay! I remember her being very kind. My sincere condolences.

  • Ruth Muchemore Posted September 5, 2021 12:11 pm

    Kay was in a group in the neighborhood. We all lived on or close to Brookside Avenue for many years. These were the years when Moms stayed home.Kay worked but I think part time. Rockbrook swimming pool was across the street. Rockbrook grade school and play ground were next to the pool. It was a near perfect place for Moms and kids. We called ourselves the “Brookside Broads”. Kay ‘Friendship meant the world to me. We kept in contact even after she moved. It is never far to the home of a friend someone once said. My love and sympathy to her family, Ruthie

  • Melody Jewell Posted September 6, 2021 4:37 pm

    My prayers are with Ken and Kay’s family . I’m so saddened to learn of Kay’s passing. Melody

  • Colleen Simonsen Posted September 7, 2021 10:33 pm

    Barj, so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Kris Nelson Posted September 8, 2021 7:23 pm

    Kay was always fun to be around and work with. Her kindness, stories and sincerity were truly a gift
    Sincere condolences to all of her family. Kris Nelson

  • Oscar & Rose Ann Bredthauer Posted September 9, 2021 12:43 pm

    Ken, Rose Ann and I would like to send our sincere sympathy to you and your family. We will try to watch on the live broadcast. Prayers for you too. Oscar and Rose Ann.

  • Barbara Hurlbert Posted September 9, 2021 2:39 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ken, and your family during this time of sorrow. Kay was a wonderful person and an excellent nurse anesthetist. She will be missed.

  • Arlys Rearick Posted September 11, 2021 8:35 am

    Dear Barj, So sorry for your loss! Kay was always so fun. Miss seeing all the old gang!!

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