Brenda Josephine (Enloe) Barker

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Brenda J. Barker, age 34 of Cedar Rapids, IA formerly of Elma died on Monday, July 21, 2008 at her home. Brenda Josephine Barker was born on April 9, 1974 to William and JoAnn (Haskovec) Enloe in New Hampton, IA. She graduated from Cresco High School in 1992. Brenda graduated from NIACC in 1994 and from UNI in 1997 with a degree in Education. She taught Special Education at Roosevelt School in Mason City from 1997-2004. While she was teaching in Mason City she was united in marriage to Kenneth Barker on June 19, 1999 at her parents home in Elma. Brenda and Ken moved to Cedar Rapids where she taught at Johnson School of the Arts in special education. Brenda loved teaching, Cubs baseball, shopping and spending time with her family. Brenda is survived by her husband Kenneth of Cedar Rapids, IA; two sons Jackson and William of Cedar Rapids; parents Bill and JoAnn Enloe of Elma; two sisters Abbie and Katie Enloe of Rochester, MN; two brothers Adam Enloe of Elma and Josh Enloe of Cedar Rapids; maternal grandmother Marcella Haskovec of Cresco; several aunts and uncles.   She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents John and Dorothy Enloe; maternal grandfather Ed Haskovec.   Memorials: Cemetery: Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Lourdes, IA at a later date. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, July 25, 2008 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma with a Scriptual service at 6:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Service: Mass of Christian Bruial will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma with Father Ray Atwood as celebrant.

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  1. Bill and family – I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.


  2. Brenda was one of my students. I enjoyed having her in class. I had not kept up with her as she got older. I see by the pictures she had a wonderful husband and 2 darling little boys. God’s blessings and comfort to all of her family.

  3. I have so many wonderful memories of Brenda from when we were younger. She was such a fun & good person. I am so sad to hear of her passing. My thoughts & prayers have been with her & her family for a long time. I know she will be dearly missed.
    May God comfort you all during this difficult time.

  4. Joanne,Bill, Abbie,Katie, Adam and Josh,
    So sorry to hear about Brenda. So many tears will be shed for such a nice young lady who was way too young to die and having to miss out on her sons growing up. I also pray for you, Ken, that you have the strength to keep alive the memory of Brenda in your son’s lives.The road will not be easy, but know that we are keeping you in our prayers. We will keep all of you in our prayers. Through it all, there is a peace knowing that the pain for Brenda is now over. God bless you all. The Holthaus’

  5. Josh,
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Please know my thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.

  6. Ken & Mr./Mrs. Enloe~ As Director of Special Education for the Cedar Rapids Schools, it was my honor to know Brenda during the time she taught special education at Johnson Elementary School. Brenda was beloved by staff and students alike. She was a committed professional who made it her mission to make a difference in the lives the children under her care. Brenda’s love for Ken and the boys was evident in her happy disposition. Equally evident was the genuine caring she brought to her role as a teacher. I can only imagine how her upbringing must have grounded her and how proud her parents must have been to see their little girl grow into the fine woman that Brenda became. So much in this world is beyond our understanding. I hope that the support of family and friends will bring you a measure of comfort, and that your faith in God will bring you a measure of peace ,during this difficult time.

  7. Ken,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys as well as the Enloe family. Love ya man!!


  8. Ken,
    I am so sorry for you and for your boys. I know it has been a difficult ordeal for you and for your family. I am thinking of you and praying for you….
    Mary W

  9. Kenny, William and Jackson,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You have our deepest sympathies and will be in our prayers in hopes that you may find comfort in this time of grief.

    Uncle Bryan & Sherry

  10. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family Bill- I could always see the love in your heart that you had for your daughter and I know you will miss her dearly- if there is anything you need at work, time or shorter runs, or just someone to talk to , let me know- I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless you all-

    Betty Burkholder ( 1st Fleet )

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bill, I remember the fall day you and Brenda and the boys stopped out to see us in your convertilbe. It seems like it was just yesterday.

  12. It was my privilege to work with Brenda at Johnson Elementary. She always had the best interests of her students at heart. I also was happy to help out some at her home when possible. My deepest sympathy to Ken, Jackson and Wil and Brenda’s other family members. I will always remember her kind and calm ways.
    Kris Larson

  13. Ken — I was so sorry to hear about the death of your wife and wanted to let you know that you and your boys, as well as the rest of Brenda’s family, will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please let me help you in whatever you need when you get back to Cedar Rapids. God bless your family! — Kathy

  14. Ken & Family,

    We were very shocked to open the Mason City Globe Gazette today to find Brenda had passed away. Please know we are truly thinking about you and the boys and I don’t have to tell you what a wonderful person she was.

    Greg & Deb

  15. Ken-
    I am so sorry to hear about the death of Brenda. She was an amazing woman, a great teacher, and devoted to her family. You and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

    Lori Clore

  16. Ken,

    We lost a couple of good ones, this week. I’m so sorry for you and the boys. We’ll get through this, my friend.

    Angie Fogle

  17. Ken, just wanted to send you our condolences about Brenda and to let you know that you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts at this time. If there is anything we can do to help when you get back to CR, let us know.

    Craig & Barb Bova

  18. Kenny, I am so sorry to hear about Brenda. I don’t know what to say except that I love you and I am always here for you. If there is anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Love Always, Kelli, Luis & the Kids

  19. Kenny, I am so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Please know that you and the boys are in my heart and in my prayers. I am here for you now and always.
    All my love,
    Your Mom, Sandi

  20. Dear Ken and family,
    Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of your wife and mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Dave

  21. I am the woman who shared a room with Brenda the weekend of July 5th. I was very moved by your strong family and Brenda’s fight. I have prayed for her sons and family since I lefft the hospital. I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

  22. I don’t know where to start. Brenda touched so many lives–it was evident tonight at the service. We had so many good laughs over the dumbest things–would you rathers, pickle seeds, show tunes, something a student said that struck a funny chord with us…the list goes on. We shared the births of our children, and we shared the love of baseball. It’s not any easier to know she’s in heaven and pain free, as it’s not fair that she was taken so young and with so much left to offer this world and her family. I loved her. I will always love her.

  23. Ken- Eryn and I wanted to express our sincere sympathies for you, the boys, and Brenda’s family. You are all in our thoughts.

  24. Ken,

    Deeply deeply sorry to hear about your family’s loss this last week. I can’t even imagine what you’re going through but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys.

    Robin Barker

  25. What a sad day this must be for your family. I am so sorry to hear about Brenda’s passing. There was always a special bond for our Elma class of 1992, and I am glad that we had the opportunity to know her.

  26. I just want to say WE are Very heart broken to hear about Miss Enloe [Mrs.Barker].My son John Miller had Miss Enloe for his 6th.grade teacher. At Roosevelt Middle School,he came home and “said,Mom your not going to believe it , I have a HOT teacher”WE will was remeber her pleasent smile and putting up with John.Sorry for your lost,she was a very nice person someone you never forget.Thank You Miss Enloe . John Miller

  27. Ken: I recall more than a year ago accidentally running into you at the Holden Cancer Center at UI. From that moment I have held a constant hope in my heart that your wife’s struggle with this insidious disease would end happily. Please know that you and the children are in my thoughts and prayers at this devastating time. Take comfort in the knowledge that so many people at Kennedy are grieving with you and for you.


  29. I was saddened to hear of Brenda’s passing. Please accept my sympathy. Your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Ken & family,
    I’m so sory to hear of your loss. My prayers go out to all of your family in this time of sorrow.


  31. Ken and Enloe Family,
    I cherish the times Brenda and I had in college. She was an incredible teacher, friend, and mom. She will truly be missed by all. I was so amazed on how your family came together. May you find peace that Brenda is in heaven. I feel so blessed to have visited her just days before her passing. Kristi, Brenda, and I had a wonderful time talking about our days in college and our families. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Natasha Cooper

  32. Kenny and family,
    I was so sorry to hear about your wife’s passing; I happened to be with Brian when he heard. Know that we feel at such a loss for words other than to say you have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. I know your little guys will be there to help you through this difficult time. God Bless!

    Cheryl, Brian, and Andy Dahlquist

  33. Kenny, just letting you know my e-mail has changed if you need to contact me. You and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mom Sandi

  34. Ken and family,
    I am so very sorry to learn of Brenda’s death. I hope that you and your family are doing okay. When you are ready to deal with the paperwork, please give me a call. I will begin to prepare the forms that you will need.
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    My deepest sympathy,
    Marlys Bitterman

  35. I taught with Brenda at Roosevelt in Mason City and appreciated her as a caring co-worker with a ready smile. My deepest sympathy to your family. May you find strength and peace.

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