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Barbara J Fermenich

June 11, 1941 - September 9, 2020

Service Date September 18, 2020

A memorial gathering will be held Friday, September 18, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Leif Erikson Rose Garden, 1301 London Rd, Duluth, MN.

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Barbara Jean Marie Smith Fermenich 79, passed away on September 9, 2020 from stage 4 cancer.

She was born here in Duluth, MN on June 11, 1941 to Ester and Steven Smith.

Barbara was survived by her husband Lowell B. Fermenich Sr. and also her daughter Heidi Fermenich and her son Lowell B. Fermenich Jr.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ester and Steven Smith and her brothers Laroy Smith and Steven Smith Jr.

When Barbara was 16 years old she met Lowell at Denfeld High, they were high school sweethearts. When Barbara was 18 years old she worked at Hotel Duluth. Barbara and Lowell were boyfriend and girlfriend. One day Lowell showed up at her work and asked for her hand in marrage, she said yes.

On June 3, 1967, they got married it was a beautiful and happy day for both of them. On June 1, 1968 Barbara and Lowell had a baby girl named Heidi Marie Fermenich after trying for years, they finally had her. Then on March 4, 1970 they had a baby boy named Lowell B. Fermenich Jr. they were excited of all believe.

Barbara and Lowell was married for 53 years, yes there was ups and downs but they kept it together. They never let anything come in between them. Soul mates forever that is how I see it.

Barbara was also happy to see her grand and great-grand babies. She was so proud how her family grew. She had 9 grandkids, Sammy Fermenich, Anthony Emley, Audrey Fermenich, Jessica Emley, Hayley Fermenich, Jared Fermenich, Meghan Fermenich, Addy Fermenich, Alexa Fermenich.

When Barbara and Lowell found out that their granddaughter Jessica was blessing them with their first great-granddaughter they were so happy but not by the how but just by the love. On April 29, 2009 they get a call from Heidi saying Jessica had a baby girl named Evelynn Jarquin, Barbara was excited. A couple years went by Jessica blessed them with 5 more great-grandkids, Yoselin Emley, Antaun Emley, Summer Werbelow, Jamie Werbelow, Aurora Castillo.

A year after Aurora was born Barbara and Lowell found out they had another great granddaughter by Audrey Fermenich her name is Riley Light. Even excited and love fill their hearts.

All of this Barbara was loving, caring, loved crafting, loved baking but she was feisty on some things.

The family would like to thank Solvay Hospice House for the care they gave to Barbara. Donations in her honor can be made to Solvay.

A memorial gathering will be held Friday, September 18, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Leif Erikson Rose Garden, 1301 London Rd, Duluth, MN.