Barbara Jean Ristedt
June 4, 2013
Barbara Jean Ristedt, born Aug. 27, 1948, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the late Henry P. Ristedt and Barbara A. Thayer, and died peacefully after a lengthy battle with cancer on the 28th of May at the Ebeid hospice facility in Sylvania, Ohio.
Barb raised her family in Washington state, working in the dental industry for many years. She finished her career working for Verizon Wireless/Real.com as a leasing manager for cellular tower sites and store locations in Bellevue. After her final cancer diagnosis five years ago, she relocated to Ohio to be near her grandchildren.
Barb took great joy in working in the garden and tending to her flower beds, spreading a special mulch that smelled of fresh chocolate, and growing fresh mint for her ice tea. She also enjoyed decorating her home, changing things on a weekly basis, much to the chagrin of her children who were often asked to help move this or that. Barb always had a smile on her face and was quick to compliment, even when dealing with her final illness.
She is survived by her daughter Kimberly, of Toledo; son Peter (Debbe) Ball, of Zurich, Switzerland; grandchildren Cailen, of Toledo, and Mackenzie and Dylan, of Zurich, Switzerland; and sister Christine Ristedt, niece Amy, and nephew David (Jaime) Ristedt, all of California.
A private service will be held at a later date. The family wishes that any contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Susan G Komen Foundation or to the Ebeid Hospice Facility, Toledo, Ohio, in her name.