Barbara Kendall-King

Tawas City, Michigan
June 26, 2020 - June 26, 2020


Per Barbara’s wishes, Visitation (only) will be held on Thursday, July 02 2020 from 1- 8 PM at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City.

Obituary Notice

BARBARA J. KENDALL-KING December 07, 19XX - ___________________ With an undisclosed age, Barbara Jean Kendall-King of Tawas City, passed away on Friday June 26, 2020. Barbara lived her life by the old adage, “A lady never tells her age.” In fact, she warned her family that if they put her date of birth or age anywhere for public knowledge, that she would come back to haunt them. And she wasn’t kidding. Barbara was born on December 7th in Detroit, to Samuel & Betty Petrucci. At the age of 13, Barbara and her family moved to Whitney Township, AuGres where her parents built the Pinewood Inn & Restaurant. (Eventually became the sight of the Bear Track Inn.) Barbara attended & graduated Tawas Area High School. After graduation, she met and married Harry “Chuck” Kendall. They had two sons, Gregory (Laura) Kendall and David Kendall, both reside in Tawas Township. Grandchildren Owen (Melissa) Kendall, Shannon Kendall, and GreatGrandchildren, Logan Kendall & Hailey Stewart. After both sons were raised, Barb worked retail in the Tawas’s, with most of her career at Mooney’s Ben Franklin. One of Barb’s functions was sometimes traveling to “buying shows” to order the next season’s trending products. She loved what she did and had a keen eye for what was popular to consumers. In her spare time, and after retirement, you could most generally find her outside working in her garden’s. She has always had a passion for flowers, both real and artificial, that she could create a beautiful wreath, centerpiece or decorative space, somewhere. Sunflowers or yellow daisies were favorites. During the winter months Barb loved to crochet, especially making baby outfits and blankets for others. Barb also belonged to the United States Bowling Congress where she earned several badges and pins. Barb was a long - time member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Tawas. A few years after Chuck’s passing, Barb reunited with her high school sweetheart, Kenneth King, who was also widowed. Barb and Ken married in 2001, where Barb gained son in-law, Randy (Barb) King of LA, three daughter-in-law’s, Karen (Mark) Testere of Lewiston, MI, Lisa (Anthony) Cortes of WI, & Julie (John) Pump of OR. Grandchildren, Anthony Jr., Joey, Vincent & Michael Cortes; Sarah King & Maggie (Zach) Lund; Bella & Alex (Ian) Testere; Great-Grandchild, Caiden Testere. Sister-in-laws, Dorothy Klenow of Tawas & Joanne Burrell of East Tawas. Barb was proceeded in Death by her Parents, sister’s Viola DeGregoris & Elaine Apel, husband’s Harry “Chuck” Kendall & Kenneth King, and Best Friend Joy Warner. Barb is survived by Sister-in-laws Inez Kendall, Donna (Kendall) Blust, many Nieces & Nephews and dear to her heart, Michael & Laura Mooney. Per Barbara’s wishes, Visitation (only) will be held on Thursday, July 02 2020 from 1- 8 PM at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. Donations can be made in Barbara’s name to Emanuel Lutheran Church of Tawas City.


Donations can be made in Barbara’s name to Emanuel Lutheran Church of Tawas City.


Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Tawas City, Michigan


Loved this wonderful lady,,,,,,sweet but yet so fiesty,,,,,she will be missed by many and will always be remembered.....r.i.p. Dear lady
— Patti and Dennis Whitford
Aunt Barb you will be missed. So glad I saw you the last time I was home. I know for years one of the stops on my list for home was ben Franklin to see you. Thoughts and prayers for Greg Laura Owen and David.
— Julie Kendall Dickens
Where do you start, I was fortunate enough to grow up as her neighbor. Dave and Greg her son's were some of characters I grew up with. As for Barb, The Whitford's were spot on describing her, I couldn't think of anything better. I remember her telling the boys to strip outside the door, " Your not coming in my house like that". When we would come over to see Dave, we were either told to stay outside or at best stand on the rug in the kitchen. It was years before I ever made it past the kitchen. With Chuck and the boys, Barb definitely had her hands full. It wasn't until I was married and came back to visit her before I realized she ever liked me. God knows she had a lot of reasons. Dave, I did as you asked, I told Joyce you are now a orphan to.
— Alan Wegner
We all loved feisty Barb at Ben Franklin. Such a terrific worker.
— Nancy Moffatt

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