Deborah Barr

February 18, 1950 - June 3, 2019
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Diane Aydt
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Mallory Hutchison
Paula Wolfe
Wendy Wagoner McConnell
Karen Kosegi
Patti Gopp DeVault


Deborah Sue Barr, age 69, of New Philadelphia, died Monday, June 3, 2019, in Aultman Hospital at Canton following a brief illness.

Born in Twin City Hospital at Dennison on February 18, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Fred V. And Gloria A. Shaw Clay.

Debbie was a 1968 graduate of New Philadelphia High School…

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Deborah Sue Barr, age 69, of New Philadelphia, died Monday, June 3, 2019, in Aultman Hospital at Canton following a brief illness.

Born in Twin City Hospital at Dennison on February 18, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Fred V. And Gloria A. Shaw Clay.

Debbie was a 1968 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and attended Kent State University Tuscarawas. It was during college where she met and ultimately married the love of her life, John H. Barr. On June 29, 1969, the couple wed and were looking forward to celebrating 50 years of marriage at the end of the month. Together the couple reared two sons and faithfully supported them in their music endeavors.

For many years, the family’s faith was nurtured at Dover First Moravian Church and were active members of the choir for 30-plus years.

Debbie served as the secretary for the New Philadelphia High School Music Department for 25 years and continued to support the Marching Quaker Band to this day in various ways. For her contributions to the community, Debbie was recognized by the Quaker Foundation and presented with the Award of Merit.

One of her biggest passions in life was helping others. Her tender, compassionate heart and listening ears were always available to anyone in need. She loved each student deeply and no matter what always said, “You know, you will always be one of my kids.”

During marching band competitions and group contests, Debbie could be found putting her impeccable writing skills to use making custom pins. She and John also enjoyed selling various music-related clothing and collectables. She loved getting requests to showcase her calligraphy talents which have been seen on thousands of wedding invitations and cards through the years. Debbie even shared her skills at Buckeye Career Center where she taught calligraphy classes. She also enjoyed teaching keyboarding and typing classes and served as a substitute teacher for Buckeye’s adult education program.

In addition to her husband of nearly 50 years, Debbie is survived by her two sons, Jonathan (Allison) Barr, and Joshua Barr all of Bakersfield, California; her grandchildren, Jordanne Barr, Aleck Barr, Kristian Barr, Jakob Barr and Matthew Barr; her sister, Lisa (Rich) Clay-Trimmer; her niece, Launie (Aaron) Tice, and her nephew, Kolin Trimmer all of New Philadelphia and countless beloved friends.

The family will greet guests on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 5-8 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. A service celebrating Debbie’s life will be led by Pastor John Dunn in the funeral home’s chapel on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 2:30 PM. Burial will follow in the Gnadenhutten Clay Union Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Debbie’s name be directed to the Dover First Moravian Church Music Program, 319 North Walnut Street, Dover, Ohio 44622.


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Date: Friday, June 7, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Time: 2:30 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Gnadenhutten Clay-Union Cemetery



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First Moravian Church

Memorial contributions in Debbie’s name may be directed to the Dover First Moravian Church Music Program.

319 N. Walnut Street
Dover, Ohio 44622

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Shelly Wilson Cheng posted on 6/13/19

My thoughts and prayers are wth the Barr family. Debbie was a sweet and special lady.


Joanna Hollingsworth Bowyer posted on 6/10/19

So sorry to hear of Debbi's passing. I am so glad I was able to see her at the Class Reunion. She was a sweet and caring person.


Marsha Williams posted on 6/9/19

To John and family,I am so very sorry for your lost.I graduated with Debbie and altho I didn't know her well in high school,I came to know her in the days surrounding the reunion and will just say I was blessed by her kindness towards me.I pray for you all in the days ahead for His help in the everso difficult grief process but He is faithful to help.I KNOW this to be true as I lost my sweetheart Harold on March 7th .Marsha Rawes Williams


Frank Leone posted on 6/8/19

to the Barr family , so very sorry for your loss , you have my deepest sympathy at this time of sorrow and sadness ,your in my deep thoughts and prayers , Frank L EONE


Tiffany Yanke posted on 6/8/19

I am so sorry for your loss, she was such an amazingly caring woman.


Sharon Garl posted on 6/8/19

On behalf of myself and my two sons, we want to extend our deepest sympathy to The Barr Family. Debbie was a wonderful Lady who touched so many lives. Young or old you were hers and she cared for you with all her soul. Debbie we shall miss you deeply. May our loving GOD keep you wrapped in his loving arms until we all meet again. GOD BLESS YOU. Sharon Garl Shawn West Joshua West


Diane Aydt posted on 6/7/19

Debbie, You will truly be missed! I always enjoyed working together on the Waltz Family Reunions with you over the phone and the conversations we've had. You always tried to make sure our yearly reunions were a success and you valued having next upcoming generations being involved. I hope people will remember you for that and realize how valuable family, no matter how we're related, is so important. To John, Jonathan, Josh, Lisa & Rich and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers! Debbie was an awesome person! Love, Diane (Kelly) Aydt (2nd cousin)


Charlyn Menapace posted on 6/7/19

Dear Debbie.. if you had a dime for every name tag you made for the school, honor certificate and other commemorative item would be the richest girl in town. But you are the richest angel in Heaven with all the love and admiration of the thousands of students whose life you touched through the music department. Those kids felt like you were their second mom, always caring and listening when they needed it most. Will miss you dear friend, and your messages and advice. Enjoy no pain or sorrow. One single rose was your signature mark and you gifted so many angel pins to all who needed an uplifting word. My deepest sympathy to John, Lisa, Josh and Johnathan and families.


Dale and Judy Fincher posted on 6/7/19

To John and family. So sorry for your loss! John you were so dedicated to Debbie and she loved you for that. Never saw a married couple who depended on each other so much. May God bless you and comfort you in the days to come. RIP Debbie.


DEan Kreinbihl posted on 6/6/19

From the time I first moved to New Phila and Deb and John were our neighbors on Goshen Road, all through our years at New Phila and even as awards and accolades have been bestowed, our friendship and caring have remained strong. There is no doubt that the Lord has called her into his heavenly service! God bless your family and know we all celebrate your amazing and wonderful life!


Larry Baker posted on 6/6/19

With loving memories! God bless her soul!


Marilyn Pertel Borga posted on 6/6/19

To John and family- Two words stand out for me in defining Debbie: loving and faithful. Debbie loved well, whether it be you, John, the rest of her family, old friends, or her huge extended family from the NPHS music department. As teens, when we spent countless hours sharing our hopes, dreams, tears, and laughter, (much laughter) we rarely imagined a less-than-perfect future that might include tragedy, loss, pain, or disability. Yet when these things eventually entered her life, (along with much happiness) Debbie remained faithful to her Savior and to all else she held dear. and just kept on doing the things she was meant to do. So many fond memories remain from high school of bike riding, sled riding, working in the library, walking the halls, cheering the sports teams --the list goes on and on. I can picture Debbie running excitedly up the steps of the Youth Center to attend the dances. Even then music was a passion. Debbie is no longer here, but I trust that today she is more alive than ever before, free from physical and emotional pain, and able to run, unencumbered, to take her place in the heavenly choir.


Sheila Davis posted on 6/6/19

Thank you for the memories, laughs, and hugs! I have always cherished the Christmas ornaments you gave me each year while working at Dover Ortho/EOO. I know you are singing in the celestial choir, and Jesus greeted you with, "Well done, my faithful servant". The Peace of Christ be with John, your family and friends. Sing with a joyful voice, Deb!


Rose Mary Gazdik posted on 6/6/19

Dear John and family, It is with deepest sorry to hear of Debbie's passing. She was always there when I needed someone to talk to during my time in the school system and after I moved here to Pittsburgh we continued to keep in touch via facebook. She was a true friend. The loss of losing family is so hard, with me also losing a family member this past Saturday, but her time here is now complete and she is now an angel watching over her family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.


Diane Nay posted on 6/6/19

So Sorry for your loss. I will never forget Debbie as she was one of a kind and a sweetheart. Treasure your memories as I will for each and every time I saw or talked to you guys. She had a heart of gold and now she's walking the streets of gold. Praise God!!


Linda & David Reese posted on 6/6/19

We are so very sorry to hear of Debbie's passing. She was so delightful and a good friend! May you find comfort in the memories and know that she is at peace.


Mallory Hutchison posted on 6/6/19

So sorry for your loss John, Jonathan, Josh, Lisa n families. Our thoughts, prayers, n sympathy to all. We will miss seeing Debbie out back n waving to her, very sweet friend and neighbor. Our love n prayers with be with all of you during this very difficult time, take care n God Bless...............Ken n Mallory Hutchison


Paula Wolfe posted on 6/6/19

Sincere condolences to Debbie’s loved ones. Our parents were close friends many years ago. The Clay’s & the Wolfe’s were wonderful parents/people. Fly high Debbie & please hug our parents & tell them how much I love & miss them. ?


Jennifer (Llewellyn) Ruth posted on 6/5/19

Dear John, Jonathan and Josh, I am so sorry for your loss. Debbie was a wonderful person, she always had a smile on her face. She was an asset to the NPHS music department and all of its students throughout the years . I will keep you all in my prayers! Sincerely, Jennifer (Llewellyn) Ruth


Thomas and Elaine posted on 6/5/19

John and Family, Thoughts and Prayers at this difficult time. Debbie touched so many lives in a positive way and helped countless students at NPHS.


Dave and Vicky Owen posted on 6/5/19

Very saddened to hear of Deborah's passing and know that it will be difficult for John as well. Deb used to come to some of our Blues Street Revival performances and I enjoyed knowing that she viewed our band as a positive experience. In fact, she was often taking pictures of us at the venues and we will treasure those memories forever. Deb will always remain in our hearts.


Wendy Wagoner McConnell posted on 6/5/19

Many memories from being in the band. Deborah was always there to help someone. My condolences to her entire family.


Karen Kosegi posted on 6/5/19

My sincere condolences to The Barr Family on Debbie's passing. Debbie was a sincere kind soul. I enjoyed working with her for many years. She was truly dedicated to her family, her church, NPHS Band, and NPHS. You will always be remembered. Love you Debbie~~~


Gary & Janet Chaney posted on 6/5/19

John, So Sorry for the loss of your wife.


Sheri Kreinbihl posted on 6/5/19

John, Jonathan, and Josh, I am so sorry for the loss of Debbie. She was so kind and loving to ALL of the students in her path. She was so kind to me in my years while she was at NPHS. She will be greatly missed by so many. Sheri Kreinbihl


Larry and Janie posted on 6/4/19

All our love and prayers for the family. So thankful heaven is real! What joy she is experiencing right this very moment. To see Jesus face to face. We can only imagine.????


Bill and Carla Clinton posted on 6/4/19

Debbie will be sadly missed by everyone she came into contact, She was the type of person who would do anything that needed done. To Carla ( her best friend from HS), our late daughter and myself she stayed in touch while we were in Texas for 25 years, was a pray warrior and a caring friend who we will miss! Whe Debbie took on a project she was the most dedicated hardest worker I have ever seen, nothing got in her way. We will Miss the times we spent with Debbie and know that someday we will see her again, when the Lord calls us home as well!


Matt Brunner posted on 6/4/19

My sympathies go out to the family. Debbie was one of those uniquely wonderful people you don’t get to meet very often in your life. Caring, supportive, always willing to help. She touched many people’s hearts with her kindness. It was a privilege to have crossed paths.


Gretchen Beard posted on 6/4/19

I’m sorry to hear about her passing. She will always have a place in my heart. Gretchen (Kreinbihl) Beard


Randy and Nancy Allleshouse posted on 6/4/19

John, we were sadden to hear of your wife, Debbie's passing. Randy went to school with you and we met the two of you in passing, on several different occasions. Debbie was a very fine lady. Our sympathies to your sons and their families as well.


Diana Goudy posted on 6/4/19

May Gods comfort and strength be with you John, as well as the rest of the family. God bless.


Carla and Bill Clinton posted on 6/4/19

We loved you and John so much. I really can't think clear enough to say all the good things I should be saying. Love Always Carla Rippel Clinton & Bill Clinton


Patti Gopp DeVault posted on 6/4/19

May your memories comfort you at this time. Thoughts and prayers.


Megan Music posted on 6/4/19

My thoughts and prayers to the family. She was such a sweet kind soul. Heaven has truly gained an angel.


Lee Hendrix posted on 6/4/19

So sorry to hear of Debbie's passing. She was such a kind soul. I'm glad I got to be one of her band kids for awhile. My deepest condolences to Mr. Barr, Jonathan and Joshua.


Bobbie Robinson-Trolio posted on 6/4/19

Will never forget how nice Debbie was when in school and after school. We loved having her there in the choir department for sure. John and family you have my deepest condolences.


Connie White Deibel posted on 6/4/19

I will always remember her smile. I will always be one of Debbie’s Kids.


Doreen Ley posted on 6/4/19

John and family, So very sorry to hear that Debbie passed away! She was a great listener, friend, crafter and musician. I will dearly miss her!! My prayers are with you all! May God’s peace comfort you.


Doug and Becky Wagner posted on 6/4/19

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Barr family. Debbie was such a kind wonderful person. May you Rest in Peace and know that on Earth, "You did Good"..


Linda Kreinbihl posted on 6/4/19

John and family. You are all in my prayers.


Marjorie L. West posted on 6/4/19

So very sorry for your loss.


Stephanie & Darrin Kuczynski posted on 6/4/19

I’ll miss that face & all the beautiful things done with much love & thought. Every single time I see or eat a chocolate covered pretzel, I’ll think of you with love.... my Christmas ornaments are now treasures even more dear to my heart. God bless all who mourn you. I know you’re feeling better with our Heavenly Father, where your health has been restored... love you always...Peace & love to John & family.


Roni Leeper posted on 6/4/19

Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. I so enjoyed my years at NPCS working with Debbie. Truly a kind caring beautiful person. May you be comforted by her memories.. prayers


Tom & Judy Farbizo posted on 6/4/19

Our deepest sympathy to the Barr family. She was one of a kind. A very giving person. She will be missed by many. Prayers.