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Barbara Jean (Ward) Kochensparger

January 12, 1940 ~ November 12, 2020 (age 80)


Barbara Jean Kochensparger, Age 80 passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at her residence in Defiance.
She was born on January 12, 1940 to Royal and Cleo (Fix) Ward in Defiance, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her son Tracy, granddaughter Jessica, her parents, her brother Fuzz and her husband Clarence.
She is survived by her 3 sons: Douglas Miller (Cathy Ringkor), Shawn (Heather) Miller, Steven (Crystal) Miller; Sisters: Janet Brown and Kay Rogero; Step Sister: Candy Adams; Sister-in-law Teresa Ward; Thirteen Grandchildren and Eighteen Great Grandchildren.
Barb was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church. She worked several years for Key Bank in Defiance and Norwalk where she retired.  She was the love of someone’s life, the funny sister, the caring daughter, the best grandma and mother who watched over us all throughout her life. She loved to dance and when she wasn’t dancing she was an avid reader. If a book were to be written about her life it would have been a best seller, full of romance- a strikingly beautiful woman in her youth,  and adventure- always on the go she loved to travel. In the mid 70’s she was a Champion Archery Shooter in Europe. Her faith in God was strong which is why she chose to love us all equally. She would do anything for anyone if it were within her power. We tested her resolve at times but she always looked for the good in each of us and encouraged us to be better and believe we could do better. Most of all she just loved spending time with you.  She was a true gift. 
Visitation will be held from 10:00-12:00 on Tuesday November 24th at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance.  Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, masks will be required.  A private memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 12:00 pm. With Pastor John Schlicher officiating. 
We will have the service available for viewing by those not in attendance on Facebook Live- Link below:
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, or the American Diabetes Association. Online Condolences can be given at

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November 24, 2020

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Private Services


St. Paul United Methodist Church
400 Wayne Avenue, Defiance, Ohio 43512,
Tel: 419-782-3751

American Diabetes Association
4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105

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