Barbara Eileen (Hahn) Ohmes passed away at the age of 71 on September 7, 2022. Barbara was born on October 16, 1950 in Garden City, Kansas, the daughter of Francis and Juanita Hahn. The oldest of ten children, she grew up as a natural caregiver helping her mother. At the age of 14, she left home to enter the Immaculate Conception Convent of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Great Bend, Kansas to decern her religious calling. She received her white religious habit in 1968 and was named Sister Barbara Marie. Prior to accepting full vows, she returned home to attend Garden City Community Junior College and graduated with her Associates Degree in 1971. She was also an active member of Garden City’s Daughters of Isabella and Garden Centennial Gals EHU.
Barbara enjoyed volunteering through her church, and in 1975, she was matched up with Francis Ohmes to help with a special needs class. On May 15, 1976, they were married. Their union was blessed with three children and five grandchildren: son Martin Ohmes and wife Emily with children Elizabeth and Seth of Knoxville, TN, daughter Dana Downs and husband Jesse with daughter Jessie Rose of Austin, TX, and daughter Karen Lechtenberg and husband Travis with children Ryan and Lincoln of Broomfield, CO.
The Ohmes family moved to Hutchinson, KS in 1984. Barbara was a licensed daycare provider to be present for her children as they grew. Later, after her children grew, you could see her leaving the house at 5:30am to start a batch of snickerdoodles or homemade noodles at Helmuth Country Bakery in Yoder, KS or behind the counter with a smile at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson.
At Holy Cross Catholic Church in Hutchinson, Barbara was a member of Saint Rita’s Circle, taught religion classes for first grade, and was active in Hutchinson Kansans for Life. In 2019, Barbara and Francis moved to Knoxville, TN. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Parish in Knoxville.
Barbara was loved tremendously by her family and friends. She always found joy in the little things like a ripe red strawberry, fall leaves, or a cardinal outside the window. Her pies, cakes, and gift wrapping were works of art. And she made sure every member of the extended family received a card for their birthday.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Juanita Hahn, and unborn daughter Josie. Other survivors include her nine brothers and sisters: Deacon Charles and Claudia Hahn of Westminster, CO, Theresa John of Wichita, KS, James & Terri Hahn of Garden City, KS, Daniel & Patricia Hahn of Garden City, KS, Gerald “Jed” Hahn of Garden City, KS, Linda & Rex Mead of Garden City, KS, Nathan Hahn of Garden City, KS, Diane Burns of Lubbock, TX, and Jeffrey Hahn of Garden City, KS.
Services will be held in Garden City, Kansas. Visitation at Robson Funeral Home 5-7:00pm followed by Rosary and Vigil Service at 7:00pm, Friday September 16th. Funeral Mass 10:30am, Saturday September 17th at St Dominic’s Catholic Church followed by internment at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A meal will be provided at St Dominic’s following internment.
Memorials may be written to Saint Mary’s School or St Dominic School in care of Robson Funeral Home, 620 N. Main, Garden City, Kansas, 67846.