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Barbara B. McMinn

Barbara B. McMinn (Bongart)

Monday, August 25th, 1941 - Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
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Barbara (Bongart) McMinn, 79, of Akron, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, in Lebanon, PA.

She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Agnes (McCall) Bongart. Barb was the devoted wife of 56 years to William “Bill” McMinn, who passed in December 2019. She was preceded in death by siblings Joann, Ralph and Christopher.

Barb was a graduate of Columbia High School, a music major graduate of Lebanon Valley College, and taught music for many years in the Pequea Valley School District. After retiring, she fulfilled a dream of working at HersheyPark in the customer relations department. She was an avid reader and superfan of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Barb and Bill never missed a home game at Beaver Stadium, traveled to many away games and enjoyed following the team to bowl games. She never missed a chance to go to the beach or, in later years, spend winter months in Florida. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends.

Barb was a longtime member of the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbia. She enjoyed playing her saxophone at church and community bands. She loved her many nieces and nephews, taking an interest in their varied activities.

Services will be private at the convenience for the family.

If desired, memorial contributions in Barb’s memory can be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 555 Locust Street, Columbia, PA 17512.

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Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
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Donations are being accepted for: St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.


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Scott Jackson

Posted at 04:08pm
Karen and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family. Thank you Barb for your devotion to Bill, your service to the community, and for your light hearted spirit. You will be greatly missed. Scott and Karen Jackson

Tricia Simcisko

Posted at 01:14pm
We will miss seeing Barb at the Penn State games. She always made sure she would stop by and see Patty and myself at the elevator. She will be missed

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Posted at 01:04pm
I will always remember Barb during her time with the Ephrata Concert Band. I enjoyed bantering with her about one of the conducters we had and of course receiving our miniscule payment from her for playing on Sunday afternoons and evenings with the Ephrata Concert Band since she was the treasurer for the band. May her relatives know that she was always nice to be with and will be missed by me and the Ephrata Concert Band. Rest in peace.
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