Barbara Rae (Pitman) Clayberg passed away on Feb. 3, 2019, at Israel Hospice House. She was born on April 6, 1941, to Ray and Clara (Dahl) Pitman in Algona. She graduated from Story City High School in 1959. Barbara married James “Stoney” Clayberg on Nov. 28, 1959. This marriage was blessed with four children. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she was confirmed and married.
Barb, without even realizing it, had always been the epitome of a modern-day working woman. She started working as a waitress in high school. After completing their family, Barbara worked at the local grocery store. She later helped her husband, Stoney, build their gas and auto service station business. As a grandmother, she ran an exclusive in-home (and sometimes station) daycare for her grandchildren, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Barb spent much of her time enjoying her family, chauffeuring her grandkids and watching them in their various activities. She loved chatting with her friends at local businesses.
Barb had a love for music and was a very humble pianist, even though she played with such grace. A little-known fact, she was also a self-taught accordion player. She was an amazing baker, known especially for her delicious kringla. One thing was for sure, no one ever left her house hungry. Throughout her life she taught those around her to love with patience, to enjoy life with a laugh, and to make time for a margarita.
Barb is survived by four children, Kim (Brad) Wyatt, of Story City, Kirt (Dawn) Clayberg, of Ankeny, Kia Chamberlain, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Karla (Jamie) Concannon, of Story City; her brother, Richard (Cynde) Pitman, of Chandler, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Gunnar (Ellen) Wyatt, of Carlisle; Luke Wyatt, of Story City; Tanner Clayberg, of Cedar Rapids; Courtney Clayberg, of Ankeny; Brody (Cassie) Concannon, of Marion, and Bridget, Josie and Jillian Concannon, of Story City; and one great-grandchild, Ada Wyatt; as well as many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stoney; her parents, Ray and Clara; and her brother, Ronnie.
A celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Soderstrum Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.