Barbara G. Eitzmann, age 70, of Sidney, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 at Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, unexpectedly.
Barbara was born April 6, 1945 in Edgar, NE to Gayle Francis Gunn and Arlyne Lucille (Erickson) Gunn. She was married July 29, 1967 to Roger N. Eitzmann in Byron, NE.
She was baptized at the Lutheran Church in Carleton, NE, Confirmed in the Union Church in Hardy, NE and attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, IA.  Barbara grew up on a farm near Hardy, NE; she attended Wymire Country School near Hardy, NE through 7th grade, graduated from Hardy High School in 1963 as Valedictorian. Following high school a Bachelor’s of Science Degree was earned from Kearney State College in Business Education and received a Master’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska in 1971.
Barbara taught school in Wymore, NE for 3 years and Sidney Public Schools, Sidney, IA for the remainder of her teaching career, retiring in 2003.  She was a member of Legion uxiliary.  Barbara loved to read books including Danielle Steele.  Traveling and golfing occupied much of her time in retirement along with spending time with her grandchildren, attending programs, sporting events and other activities.  She also volunteered her time at the Iowa Welcome Center.  Barbara was an avid Sidney Cowboys, Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, and Nebraska Cornhusker fan.  She will be remembered as a loving loyal friend, wife, nurturing mother and grandmother.  
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Eldon Eitzmann, Stan Lang and Bob Avey; and sister-in-law, Wilma Eitzmann. She is survived by her husband, Roger Eitzmann of Sidney, IA; daughter, Kris Ostdiek and husband Rob of Beatrice, NE; son, Tony Eitzmann and wife Joni of Gretna, NE; 5 grandchildren, Kelsey Eitzmann, Brock Ostdiek, Macy Eitzmann, Byron Ostdiek and Libby Eitzmann; brother, Gary Gunn and wife Arleeta of Chester, NE; brothers and sisters-in-law, Loyal Eitzmann and wife Elva of Auburn, NE, Iverna Lang of Edgar, NE,  Genell Copas and husband Burley of Beatrice, NE, Twila Avey of Lincoln, NE, and Norma Eitzmann of Superior, NE; numerous nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, October 22, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nebraska City, NE with Fr. Michael McCabe officiating. Visitation will be open after 5:00 PM Wednesday with the family greeting friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Wednesday at the Crawford Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA. Graveside services will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Hardy, NE Cemetery with Pastor Carla Gunn officiating. A memorial fund has been established. The Crawford Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA is in charge of arrangements.