Barbara Lauer
March 17, 1926 - April 10, 2018
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St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Ruston, LA 71270
318-255-2870 | Map
Monday 4/16, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Service
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Ruston, LA 71270
318-255-2870 | Map
Monday 4/16, 11:00 am

Barbara E. Lauer, 92, of Ruston, LA, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, in Shreveport. A Memorial service at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ruston will be held at 11 am on Monday, April 16, 2018. Father Pat Madden will officiate. Visitation will be on Monday, April 16, from 10 AM until the service…

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Cathy Belknap left a message on April 18, 2018:
John, my deeest sympathy over the loss of Barbara. You are, as always, in my thoughts and prayers
Suzanne Stauffer left a message on April 17, 2018:
Remembering Barbara's beautiful smile and caring personality, plus all the good she did in Tuscarawas County, OH. A privilege to know both her and John, Bruce and Suzanne Stauffer
Bud & Ruth Mattevi left a message on April 17, 2018:
Our sympathy & prayers to John & all of their families. No need to say what a wonderful lady she was & it would take a book to tell about all that she did for others & her great faith in God & people. Such a gracious lady, I will miss the phone calls from her to check on my family & the group of volunteers we have at T-4-C. The Share-a-Christmas program she started continues over all of these yrs. & she was happy so many have been helped. She & John have always been missed in our area & I know in one of our last chats she truly had wished to come to OH more & missed the people here. I am sure she was welcomed into heaven & at peace.
Vera W. O'Neill left a message on April 17, 2018:
Barbara Ashy Lauer,You had a passionate heart and hands for all life and lives you touched. You had an awesome, endearing, infectious laugh which I loved. You loved life, birds, blooming flowers, nature aplenty, cooking and entertaining, creating events, working creatively with and for others, and each person you met was never a stranger! John you loved and complimented Barbara(Estelle) as she did you. SO sorry for your loss! Jim and I send our love and support.
Yvonne Broussard Simon left a message on April 14, 2018:
Aunt Barbara will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories. And Uncle John her sole mate will forever be that special person that filled her life and took such wonderful care of her. And joined her in taking care of everyone of us. She would check on me often to see if I was OK and let me know that no matter what, I would be ok. I was a rascal in my own right as I think this is a family gene that was passed down thru the family. Some of these times included Aunt Barbara. Some of are funnier now looking back than they were at the time. But she always amazed us with her courage to defy the odds and go where we wouldn't as the next generation. My mom may be hearing some of these stories for the first time. When Mama broke her leg, Aunt Barbara and a friend came to stay with us for a few days. There were many things that were off limits in our house to the children, like walking through the living room at any time or touching anything in Mama's china cabinet. When we came home from school one of the days, of course Mama was still in the hospital, we were surprised with beautifully made parfaits!!! That wasn't the surprise part because Aunt Barbara often did really nice things for us. But she had taken Mama's good crystal out of the cabinet and used them to make the parfaits in. We were afraid to eat them but she assured us that we would not be punished for touching the forbidden crystal because she was going to take all the blame. After all what is the good of having pretty things if we weren't going to use them. Those were the best parfaits ever. But I don't know if anyone told Mama.Another one of my memories leads me to the summers when Debby and I would go to NOLA to spend a few days with her. I was 16 and Debby was too. Aunt Barbara decided we should get the full NOLA experience and arranged for one of her friends from the seminary to take us out on Bourbon Street that night. Neither one of us were old enough to get in anywhere but this was before driver's licenses were laminated. They took our licenses and changed the date on them to make us 18 which was the legal age at the time. They even roughed up the writing to make them look authentic. And off we went for a night on the town. Of course we were well chaperoned and didn't really go anywhere that she would have frowned on. But I still wonder what her sisters would have said if they knew. She was an example of courage to me. Also on this trip she brought us to eat donuts at the Café Du Monde. It was my first experience with powdered sugar on donuts. I was sitting across from her and choked and coughed powdered sugar all over her. Let's just say she wasn't too happy with me, even though she knew it wasn't intentional. But I wish I could have caught the look on her face. Thankfully we barely ever saw that look. It was usually her smile that would light up a room and the mischief in her eyes when you know she was making plans and it was going to be fun. That is the look I will always hold close to my heart and treasure forever. I am sure heaven is a better place with her arrival and if everything isn't just right, she will have it all in order before we join her. I will miss her out of the blue phone calls and her undying encouragement. Love you forever.
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John and Erma Stutzman left a message on April 14, 2018:
Erma and I recall meeting Aunt Barbara and Uncle John at Alan's and Brenda's wedding reception a number of years ago. They were a vibrant couple and we enjoyed them. Aunt Barbara's passing will leave a sizable loss in the family relationships and we join you in remembering her life of service and family relationships.
Alan Broussard left a message on April 13, 2018:
Aunt Barbara treated her nieces and nephews like we were all her own children and not just when life was a breeze. In fact whenever any of us we're experiencing hard times, she was always there to assure us that God would look after us and that she was there for us too as a back up! When we were young, Aunt Barbara visits were filled with such parental guidance for us such as "You can not watch Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show because he wiggles his hips to much!" To singing campfire songs with us of which a favorite of all was, "She will be Coming Around the Mountain When She Comes". When she and John married we all saw it as a blessing for both of them and the entire family too. Memories of them together as a couple serve as inspiration to us all and John's devotion to Aunt Barbara in her last couple of years despite his own medical issues is an example of the ultimate life partner. Back to Aunt Barbara and the campfire songs, and to steal a bit of imagery from a line in "Coming Round the Mountain", I picture Aunt Barbara arriving at the Pearly Gates just as I did as a child when I knew she was coming over for a visit, "She'll be riding six white horses when she comes! " and I picture the gates swinging open and my Aunt charging in with that smile from ear to ear and directing St Peter to check her off the list because she has come home.
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