Barbara L. Goodheart


Barbara L. Goodheart, 91, of Overland Park , Kansas, died August 11, 2011 at the Kansas City Hospice House.

She was born April 21, 1920 in Grand Rapids, Michigan,  daughter of Abe and Christine Ver Heek Pett.  During Barbara’s life, she enjoyed traveling with family & friends, playing golf as well as a good game of Bridge.
She will be remembered for her upbeat personality and great sense of humor. She cherished times spent with her son and family including her 3 granddaughters and 2 great-grandchildren. She was happiest in her home of 25 years on Sugar Island in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She is survived by her son Michael, wife Linda, granddaughters Jill Goodheart (husband David Heaton), Gretchen Stewart (husband Jeffrey) and Kendal Goodheart; great-granddaughter Olivia Jane Stewart, great-grandson Miles Heaton Goodheart and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Services in Kansas City will be September 10, 2:00 pm at the Grand Court Retirement Village in Overland Park, Kansas
There will be a Memorial service on Sugar Island in August of 2012.

Memorials in lieu of flowers can be sent to:
1.   Barbara Goodheart Scholarship Fund
St. Luke’s Community Church
Sugar Island
PO Box 244
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
2.     Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64114


  1. Gayle Ward on September 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    To the family of Barbara Goodheart:
    I only met Barbara once, and I worked as her caregiver from Home Instead for only four hours, but I was tremendously impressed with her. I wish I could have known her better; I felt she would be a good role model. Please know that she was special.

  2. Jean Snider Haralson on August 30, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    My mother, Rose Snider, of the Soo, was a very dear friend of Barb Goodheart. Mom died 5 years ago on Labor Day. I remember Barb’s hearty laugh and big smile….she and mom had many, many good times together golfing, bridge’ing, etc. I’m sure they had a great reunion up in God’s heavenly home. My sympathy to Barb’s family…. May God comfort you at this difficult time.

  3. Sonia Schaff Francis & Josephine Schaaf Sears on August 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Our hearts are with you and you are in our prayers.

  4. Dan Walsh on August 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    My name is Dan Walsh and I have very fond memories of living next door to Mrs. Pett and her daughter Barb in the early 1950’s. I was friends with her son Mike (also my brothers name hence one was Big Mike and Barb’s son was Little Mike). Although we moved away when I was 9 years old, I can vividly recall Barb’s infectious laugh and wonderful personality – she was a beautiful person both inside and out. Even after 60 years, I immediately recognized her name in the Grand Rapids Press and wanted to offer my sincere condolences to Mike and the entire Goodheart family. It would take a very special person to be remembered by a young boy of 6-9 years old after all these years but Barb was certainly one of those extraordinary individuals. Rest assured that Barb will be in my thoughts and prayers along with her family. Farewell to a wonderful lady.

  5. Regina and Alan Fairbanks on August 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Linda and Mike,

    You have been in our thoughts and prayers.
    What more can you ask for than to lead a long and full life; except to be so greatly taken care of as you age! I hope that some day your kids (and mine) take as good care of us as you have of your mother in-law/mother. Maybe then we will know that we’ve done something right!
    I’ve never tried scotch but had 3 beers (that’s a lot for me!) See you soon….
    Regina and Alan

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