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Obituary ~ Barbara Joan "Barb" (Estle) Furnish
February 10, 1939 ~ September 18, 2015

The Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
September 21, 2015

MASON CITY -- Barbara J. Furnish, 76, of Mason City, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with Pastor Janet Dorenkamp, Chaplain, Hospice of North Iowa officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Major Erickson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to the Barbara J. Furnish Memorial Fund or Hospice of North Iowa. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com

Barb was born Feb. 10, 1939, in Mason City the daughter of James D. and Virginia I. (Deach) Estle. She graduated from Mason City High School in 1958. Barb married Robert M. Furnish March 3, 1964 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Barb waitressed in Mason City for a short time but would later stay home to raise their daughter, Sandy. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary and in recent years, enjoyed traveling with her significant other, Virgil Orman.

Barb is survived by her significant other, Virgil L. Orman of Mason City; two grandchildren, Courtney (Keith) Hamill of League City, Texas, and Ed Miles Sparks of Houston, Texas; siblings, Ginger Jacobson of Gilbert, Iowa, Sue Pierce of Mason City, Jim (Terry) Estle of Atlanta, Georgia, and Kathy Estle of Austin, Texas; sister-in-law, Lori Estle and significant other, Jay Hain of Mason City; many nieces and nephews.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, James and Virginia Estle; husband, Robert in 1993; daughter, Sandra Sparks in 2013; two brothers, John “Jack" Estle and Robert “Butch” Estle; a sister in infancy.

Arrangements: Major Erickson Funeral Home and Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, IA; 641-423-0924 www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2017



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