Barbara Holmberg-Mostovoy (1931 - 2016)

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Service Information
Celebration of Life
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
2:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver
4504 E. 18th St.
Vancouver, WA
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December 11, 1931 ~ January 19, 2016

Born the eldest daughter of Inez and Anthony Klein of Vancouver, WA, Barbara cherished family and her devoted husband, Sheldon Mostovoy. She also enjoyed enduring friendships through the Unitarian Church, the Vancouver High School 49ers, and her Artist's Way group, among others.
In 1952, Barbara married Fred Holmberg; in their years together they raised three children, David Holmberg (Madeleine), Lori Knudsen and Toni Holmberg (Brad).
After graduating from Portland State in 1969, Barbara began teaching Art at Adams High School in Portland, OR. In 1975, she married Shelly, gaining two additional sons, Steve (Cindy) and Greg Mostovoy.
Her career was highlighted by a Rockefeller grant to promote multi-cultural arts education nationally, and after earning a Masters degree from Loyola University Chicago, she returned to Madison High in Portland, retiring at 59.
Barbara and Shelly were intrepid travelers, taking in all 50 states, all of Canada and Mexico and many countries abroad. Each year she and Shelly created hand-made Christmas ornaments that reflected their year's travels.
In addition to her children and Shelly, she is survived by her brother, Robert Klein (Jane); six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Williamson.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., Feb. 20, 2016 at 2p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4504 E. 18th St., Vancouver, WA.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 27, 2016
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