Barbara D. Loebner

April 27, 1936 - December 15, 2020

Barbara D. Loebner, age 84, of Montgomery, formerly of New Prague, died peacefully with her family at her side on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Traditions of Montgomery.  Barbara was born on April 27, 1936 in Minneapolis to Dale and Agnes (Shepherdson) Smith.  She graduated from Roosevelt High School and went on to attain both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in teaching from the University of Minnesota.  She married the love of her life, George J. Loebner on May 12, 1956 in Minneapolis.  Barbara was passionate about teaching and while she taught for the Bloomington School District, she was instrumental in setting up the Special Education Department and served as the coordinator of the program for a number of years.  After retiring the couple moved to New Prague in the early 90’s, Barbara bought the New Prague Travel Agency from John Schumacher and provided wonderful travel experiences for others, while feeding her own love of travel.  A woman of many interests, she dabbled in many things including crafts and gardening but her greatest love was reading.  She will be sorely missed by her loving family and the caregivers at Traditions who grew to love her.


Barbara is survived by her daughters, Laurie (Steve) Maros of Kilkenny and Linda Nytes (Mark Sandberg) of Maple Grove; grandchildren, Melissa (Jim) Frederickson and Chris Nytes; great-grandchildren, Brianna Nytes, Olivia and Evan Frederickson, Liam Maros.  She is preceded in death by her husband, George, on February 11, 2015; her parents.


Private family services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home with Reverend Diane Goulson officiating.  Service will be live-streamed on  Burial at Sunset Memorial Park in Minneapolis at a later date.

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Stacey Nelson
3 months ago

Laurie, Linda, and family, It’s so sad to hear about your Mother & Grandmother’s passing, you are all in our thoughts at this difficult time. My earliest memories are the family reunions. With such a large family, and being so young back then, it was hard for me to remember everyone in the family. Aunt Barb was one of the easiest, she was very boisterous, happy, and her laugh was contagious. (Eventually, I knew who everyone was, and had the pleasure to introduce my husband to the family). Erik remembers hanging out with all of us girls and describes Barb… Read more »

Jean Zimanske
3 months ago

My sincerest sympathy to all of Barb’s family and friends. I met Barb ( and George) thru the dental office, where I cared for them over the years. We shared our love of travels, and of books. She always had a smile on her face, even when her mobility became more of a challenge. She and George made the world a bit better, and touched many lives. I was honored to know both of them. May many good memories give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Sandy Gray
4 months ago

Laurie & Linda, I’m so sorry to hear your mom has passed. You all have been in my thoughts. When I think of your mom I see her big smile and hear her hardy laugh. It is because of your mom and her education in special ed that I found out about my dyslexia (early enough to get me through school!) And even though she tried (as my mom knew better to have someone else give it a go), she was not successful at teaching me how to knit.
Sending you love and prayers of strength and peace.
Cousin Sandy

DeAnn Croatt
4 months ago

Laurie, I am so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you with warm and wonderful memories.
DeAnn and Pete

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