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Barbara J Bednorz

February 20, 1937 ~ April 20, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Barbara Bednorz Obituary

GRANGEVILLE: Barbara J. Bednorz, 86, of Grangeville, died on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at her home with husband Joe near her side. Barb was born as the only child on February 20, 1937 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to George and Bessie (Clark) Carlstrom.

She attended all her schooling in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and graduated from Washington High School in 1955. She later attended the University of Montana in Missoula and earned a bachelor’s degree in English along with a minor in music.

In 1953 she attended church one Sunday morning and met a man that would eventually become the love of her life. It was at that Sunday school that began a marriage of 66+ years. Barbara married Joseph Bednorz on June 8, 1956 in Missoula, Montana. Upon graduating from college, she followed Joe in his military career. Together they spent 3.5 years in Germany. During their time in Germany, they welcomed their son, Stephen. Joe was honorably discharged and began working for the US Forest Service in Priest Lake, Idaho. While in Priest Lake, they welcomed their second child, Rachel. Following Priest Lake, the family spent time in Kingston, Idaho and Republic, Washington before arriving to Grangeville, Idaho in 1975.

During her lifetime, Barb was an exceptional homemaker, but she also pursued her interest in music. She loved anything that involved music. She participated in the church choir and was a member of the Camas Choristers. She taught piano lessons and played the flute for many years. She was a devout member of the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene. She taught Sunday school classes for over 20 years. Barb played a huge part in making all special events and holidays at the church a success with her musical talents. Barb loved to sew and was an exceptional seamstress. She often entered the county fair and won many awards for her work. Barb would sew many outfits and clothes for herself, Joe, her kids and other family members. She was also a member of the Busy Homemakers Extension Club. Along with sewing, she enjoyed crafting projects and attended craft fairs.

The family wishes to thank the team members of Syringa Hospice and Right at Home Care for the exceptional care of Barbara in her final days.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband Joe, son Stephen (Julie) Bednorz of Boise, Idaho. Daughter Rachel Vandenburg in Emmett, Idaho. Grandchildren: Zach (Shelbi) Vandenburg, Josh (Cassie) Vandenburg and Monica (Ben) Holladay. Great grandchildren: Sutton, Colbee and Blakesly, James, Charlotte, Violet all of Meridian, Idaho.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 1:00 pm at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene with a refreshments to follow. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at

In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials be made to The Gideons International or Cornerstone Christian Learning Center in honor of Barb.

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Memorial Service
May 6, 2023

1:00 PM
Grangeville Church of the Nazarene
515 NW 2nd Street
Grangeville, ID 83530


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