10/27/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Barbara Huffman Runckel

Barbara Huffman Runckel
(2 July 1925 - 25 Oct 2007)

Newport News High School Class of @1944

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    We have more sad news this morning.  Barbara Huffman Runckel, who graduated from Newport News High School in about 1944, has passed away in Newport News at the age of 82.

From the Daily Press - 10/27/07:                        

  Barbara Huffman Runckel
  NEWPORT NEWS - Barbara Huffman Runckel, 82, of Warwick Forest in Newport News and for 56 years, a resident of 120 Woodland Drive in Riverside, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at home surrounded by her family after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

After graduation from Newport News High School, she worked at NACA where she met and married Jack, an aeronautical engineer, on Sept. 19, 1944. After raising her children, she graduated from Riverside Hospital School of Nursing, winning the Best Clinician Award. She was employed as a nurse at the hospital, but it was her work as a Hospice Volunteer that she valued most. She was a member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, Homemakers Club and PEO. In addition, she was a gourmet cook and an avid gardener. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be missed by all.

Born on July 2, 1925, in Glasgow, Va., to Russell and Amy Huffman, she is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jack F. Runckel; two daughters, Barbette Timperlake and husband, Bob Perrine, of Virginia Beach and Linda White and husband, Kimber, of Richmond; a son, James Runckel of Philadelphia, Pa.; four grandchildren, Tara Spalding and husband, Henry, of Dover, Mass., Kimberly Timperlake of Norfolk, Kimberly Johnson and husband, Brian, of Durham, N.C., and James M. White of Richmond; great-grandchildren, Riley Barbara, Addison and Tristan; brother and sister-in-law, Russell and Helen Huffman of Texas; sister-in-law, Pauline Huffman of Midland, Mich.; and brother-in-law, Bill Nunn of Roanoke.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception in the church social hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of Barbara Runckel to Personal Touch Hospice, Suite 203 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606-4218.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press from 10/26/2007 - 10/28/2007.
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Linda and family: I hope that you know that we all share in your sorrow. I hope you can get some comfort in knowing what a great daughter you were to your mom. I am sure she will be there helping to keep Matt straight. We love you.

Gail, Bruce and the kids
Gail White (Richmond, VA) - October 26, 2007
Jack and family,
I am so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. I did Barbara's hair for years before my retirement. Barbara was more to me than a customer, we had so much in common and I loved her. I have been trying to contact her the last several months but was unable to. We often talked of family and how much they meant to us, she was so special and will be missed. My prayers are with each of you.
Love to all,
Patsy Maney (Newport News, VA) - October 26, 2007
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My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the memories of the life you shared together see you through the days ahead and her love be always with you.
Joann Groves (Philadelphia, PA) - October 26, 2007
Dear Jack, Jim, Barbette and Linda;
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Barbara. I always loved your visits and seeing you all. Barbara was a ray of sunshine, good will, good nature and enthusiasm.
We especially enjoyed our visit in 2004 and the ability to reconnect after all those years.
My heart goes out to you at this time with our loss.

Love, Irmy, Richard and Erik
Irma Bickerstaff (Cambridge, MA) - October 26, 2007 
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The Runckel family:

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Aunt Barbara was such a wonderful, energetic woman who enjoyed life and adored her family and friends. She made us all proud with the strength and bravery she showed throughout her illness. I hope it is some comfort to know that she is now with God and her loved ones who went before her.

God bless you all.
Kim Nunn-Dent (Roanoke, VA) - October 26, 2007 
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 Dear Jack, Barbette, Linda and Jim;
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Barbara. I always loved your visits and company.
Barbara was a ray of sunshine, good cheer and enthusiasm. We will miss her greatly.
We enjoyed our visit in 2004 so much and catching up on our lives.
My heart goes out to you.

With love, Irmy, Richard and Erik
My heart goes out to you.
Irma Bickerstaff (Cambridge, MA) - October 26, 2007 
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Dear Runckel family
Barbara and Jack have been a dear part of my family since my new life began in September, 1946.
I will miss Barbara for a long time and hope to be able to stay in contact with Jack for as long as we both are still active.
Bill Nunn (Roanoke, VA) - October 26, 2007 
Dear Jack, Barbette, Linda and Jim,

Words seem so inadequate at a time like this, but I want you to know how deeply sorry I am for your loss of Aunt Barbara. I hope you can find solace in knowing the trials she endured in this life are over and she is forever at peace, in the presence of God and reunited with Hupper and Gran, Tootie and my Mom.
She is now looking over you all with love and pride and will be there waiting for you when God calls each of you home.
Bonnie Nunn-Dodson (Roanoke, VA) - October 27, 2007   
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Dear Barbette, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I remember her as we were growing up in Riverside. What a terrible loss we face, but what wonderful memories we made. Peace be with you and your family.
Sherry Newsome Johnston (Yorktown, VA) - October 27, 2007    
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Dear Linda and Family,

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May you be comforted to know that she is at peace.
Jenny Lou Fairfield Hughes (Williamsburg, VA) - October 27, 2007     
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Barbara's family and friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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