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Pauline L. Barrett

December 16, 1921 February 9, 2018
Pauline L. Barrett
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Pauline R. Barrett

Services for Pauline Barrett, 96, of Waterloo, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway and at the church for an hour before services on Friday.

Pauline died Friday, February 9, at her home.

Pauline Louise Rockufeler, daughter of Chester Leroy Rockufeler and Sarah Lodemia Mills Rockufeler was born on December 16, 1921 on a farm two miles east of Rinard, Calhoun County, Iowa.

She attended Rinard Consolidated School and graduated in the class of 1939 as Valedictorian. She attended and graduated from Fort Dodge Tobin Business College in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

For 2 ½ years she worked as a Secretary in the Farm Bureau/County Extension Office in Rockwell City, Iowa. During which time she joined the Rebekah Lodge in 1941. She later transferred her membership to Temple Rebekah Lodge in Waterloo, Iowa, where she held many offices including that of Noble Grand, following her mother’s steps who was a Rebekah member for over 70 years.

In July of 1943 Pauline moved to Waterloo, Iowa and worked as an executive secretary for one of the top officers’ of the Rath Packing Company. She worked there for 17 years.

On November 12, 1954 Pauline married Dr. Sterling A. “Arch” Barrett, an eye-ear-nose & throat specialist in Waterloo.

Pauline retired from Rath Packing Company in 1960 so that she and Arch would be free to travel. Over the years they made extensive trips to Europe, Africa, the Orient, South America, Australia and most of the United States in addition to taking several cruises. Arch retired in 1972 and passed away in 1981 after suffering for years with rheumatoid arthritis. After 1981 Pauline continued to travel extensively both in the United States and abroad.

She had a great desire to promote the welfare of others through philanthropy and volunteering. Much of her time, energy and resources were devoted to worthy causes in education, healthcare, children and women issues. She was a supporter of the Allen Foundation, University of Northern Iowa, YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, United Way, Grout Museum, Covenant Foundation, Cedar Valley Symphony, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Waterloo Schools Foundation, Job Foundation, Grin and Grow, Visiting Nurses, Cedar Valley Hospice, etc.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Dr. Sterling A. Barrett; her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Chester L. & Sarah L. Rockufeler; her brothers, John, Robert and Frank; and her sister, Helen A. Little.

She is survived by: two nephews, John Chester “Jack” Rockufeler and wife, JoAnn of Overland Park, Kansas and Thomas L. Little and wife, Alberta of Somers, Iowa; grand and great-grand nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo or the YWCA Chapter 2 of Waterloo.

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4:00 PM 2/15/2018 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 2/15/2018 6:00:00 PM
Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - West Ridgeway

300 West Ridgeway Ave.
Waterloo, IA 50701

Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - West Ridgeway
300 West Ridgeway Ave. Waterloo 50701 IA
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 2/16/2018 10:30:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church

505 Franklin St.
Waterloo, IA 50701

First Presbyterian Church
505 Franklin St. Waterloo 50701 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery Final Resting Place

West 4th St. and Ridgeway Ave.
Waterloo, Iowa 50701

West 4th St. and Ridgeway Ave. Waterloo 50701 Iowa
United States

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