Obituaries

Barbara A. Hattrup, 71

Barbara Anne Hattrup’s big heart gave out on November 10, 2020 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston Idaho. Barbara was the firstborn of Vincent and Mary Lou (Seubert) Hattrup. She was born in Spokane, Washington on March 23, 1949. She grew up in Cottonwood, Idaho with her nine siblings. She had many special childhood memories but the memories of music were the most special. Music was always a part of Barb’s life from very early on and her Mom told the story of her identifying Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at the age of 3. She sang in the church choir as a child and young woman with her Dad, Vincent, and loved singing for High Mass and Benediction.

 Barbara attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from St. Gertrude’s Academy in 1967. After high school Barbara moved to Lewiston to attend Lewis Clark Normal School. While attending school she worked in area nursing homes as a nurse’s aide. She was one semester away from obtaining an Elementary Education degree when she was pleased to be accepted into the nursing program, as she realized that this was her true calling.  Barbara received her LPN degree in 1975.  

Barbara was a dedicated, well known and well- loved nurse. She worked Medical-Oncology at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for 30 years and frequently would sing to her dying patients in her beautiful soprano voice. She was also in tune to their spiritual needs, seeing to it that they received the spiritual care they desired. Barbara loved her co-workers and enjoyed their times together and they affectionately called her Barbie. She especially enjoyed the Christmas caroling hayrides they would take together and she would provide guitar accompaniment for their singing. She was always ready to kindly assist the nursing students in their learning and enjoyed working with the students.

Barbara sang for many weddings and funerals throughout her lifetime and her time with the St. James Choir was a very important part of her life. She was a soloist and her singing at the Easter Vigil was so beautiful it would send chills up the spine.  She also sang with different community groups—most notably the Stuart Churchill Chorale.  She played guitar and sang for the St. Joe’s Hospice “Light up a Life” memorial tree lighting ceremony every December for many years.

Barbara would visit the shut-ins to bring them Holy Communion and after her retirement she would bring Communion to the hospitalized patients at St. Joe’s.

Barbara led a simple life and always had a dog and cat at her side. She enjoyed decorating for Christmas, watching holiday movies, walking her dog on the levee, going out to dinner, and getting mochas at Baskin-Robbins. She was always cheerful and loving.  

Upon retirement she had already begun to have health issues and in 2013 moved to Royal Plaza. The staff there treated her like a queen and she loved her people there. You couldn’t take the nurse out of her and she would notice the needs of the other residents.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Vincent and Mary Lou, and her brothers Joseph and Edward Hattrup. She is survived by her brothers Paul (Janet), William, Peter (Cheryl), Alexander (Jeri) Hattrup, and sisters Catherine Bross, Elizabeth (Bill) Manion, Monica (Jim) Shurtliff, and sister-in-law CaSandra Hattrup.  She is also survived by 27 nieces and nephews and 22 great-nieces and nephews, with 3 more on the way. Her nieces and nephews lovingly called her “Aunt B”.

A viewing will take place Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 2:00-6:00 pm at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be prayed on Friday, November 20th at St. Mary’s Church in Cottonwood, Idaho. The rosary will be at 10:30 AM and the Mass will be at 11:00 AM. Burial will take place at the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery following the Mass. Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville, Idaho is in charge of arrangements. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Condolences to the family of Barbara A. Hattrup, 71

  • Chris Kaschmitter says:

    We are very sorry for your loss, RIP, John & Chris Kaschmitter

  • Maurice Seubert says:

    Barbara is in our prayers.
    May God bring her home.

  • june davies says:

    Alex and Jeri, so so sad. Everyone liked her. she was a wonderful spirit.

  • Ms. Dale Groenendyk, RN, retired says:

    I remember working with Barb back in the day. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever met and was a great example of what it really meant to be a nurse, that it’s not only a degree but also a state of mind and of heart. Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of having known her.

  • Marge Arnzen says:

    So sorry for your loss she was a spiritual lady with a good word about everyone and everything

  • Maria Phillips Varsho says:

    I was sorry to hear of the loss of Barbie. When my mother was in ICU at St Joseph I had occasion to visit with Barbie. She indeed had a spiritual soul and will be missed by many. I wish warm and prayerful feeling to the family. Maria Phillips Varsho class of 1967

  • Dimon Johnson says:

    Praying for Barbara (Barbie) family Barbie was a wonderful sweetheart and she will be missed dearly by all. She loved all the times I brought my dog to see the residents she would light up when she saw him and always loved on him she always asked me everyday how he was and loved seeing pictures of him.
    God Bless her sweet soul I know she is singing with the angels

  • Ron Schnider says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of my classmate and special lady Barbara. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of mourning.

  • Tracy Flynn says:

    Barbie was a very special mentor to me at St. Joe’s. She was so kind when I was a fledgling nursing student, always making me feel welcome and ready to teach me and give me confidence. Later, when I’d joined the oncology unit as an RN, she was a bright light every day and I always looked forward to working with her. She will be remembered and missed by so many. Comfort and peace to you all.

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