Barbara Elizabeth (Kellner) Bernhard was born the fifth child of Vincent and Geneva (Bowman) Kellner of Ottosen, at the old Kossuth Hospital in Algona on Monday, October 25, 1943. Fifteen days later Geneva died; then Kate and Matt Bormann were appointed guardians of Barbara. She lived with them until 1963.
She attended grade school in St. Benedict until May of 1956. She was a freshman at Algona High School and a sophomore at St. Cecelia's Academy. She graduated from Garrigan High School in 1961. Following graduation, the Sisters of Mercy hired her as their medical records librarian where she worked two years at St. Ann's Hospital in Algona.
On November 23, 1963, Barbara was united in marriage to Mark Bernhard of Bancroft at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. Following their marriage, the couple established their home on a farm near Seneca where they raised their children.
Barbara was active in St. John's Parish in Bancroft as a member of the Altar Society, Renew Program, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Lay Ministry, and several different prayer groups. She taught with the Religious Nurture Program for the mentally handicapped for many years. Barbara was gifted with artistic talents which included interior design, oil painting, egg decorating, ceramics, and floral design. She enjoyed landscaping and maintained a large yard and garden for many years.
In March of 2013, Barbara and Mark retired to their home in Algona. They quickly adapted to the parish life at St. Cecelia's, helping with funeral dinners and joining prayer groups. Barbara also enjoyed singing with the church choir. She was a member of the Algona Garden Club and spent many hours sitting on the deck visiting with treasured friends and enjoying her flowers. Reading historical fiction was a favorite pastime when relaxing.
Barbara went to her heavenly reward on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the age of 78.
She is survived by three children, Alan Bernhard of Bancroft, Judith Bernhard MD and her husband Brad Wardenburg of Williamsburg, and Andrew Bernhard of Burt; and three grandchildren, Calista Bernhard, Luke Bernhard, and Joshua Bernhard. She is also survived by sisters Janice (William) Neisler, Christine (Gary) Barth, Emma Jean (Gary) Lint; four brothers, Robert Kellner, William Kellner, Dean Kellner, and Paul Kellner; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding her in death are her husband, Mark; her parents Geneva and Vincent Kellner; her step-parents, Matt and Kate Bormann; her infant son, Joseph and daughter, Joan; her three brothers, Francis Kellner, Vincent Kellner, Larry Kellner; her sister, Lori (Dan) Frasher; two step-brothers and their wives, Donald (Camilla) Bormann, and Albert (Dolores) Bormann; and her daughter-in-law, Kimberly (Pedelty) Bernhard.