Barbara Ann Wayt, 71, of Jensen Beach, Fla., and formerly of Storm Lake, died Saturday August 13, 2022.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on July 9, 2023 in Storm Lake.
Ruby and Lewis Moldovan were the parents of “Barbie”, born on July 9, 1951 in Storm Lake, where she grew up with her siblings Darlene, Linda, Lewie, Mary and Clifford.
She graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1970 and was married to her teenage sweetheart, David S. Wayt. They loved rock n’ roll, the free spirit and their three daughters: Lesley, Holly and Heidy. Barb and Dave later separated in 1986, but were still very active raising their children.
Barb had a great love for plants and flowers and planted the largest gardens on earth in Iowa to feed her family. She also spent part of her years working at Joyce’s Greenery in Storm Lake, helping to sow and grow beautiful sprouts.
Barb has worked in different jobs over the years, but her biggest job was being a mother. Three teenage girls was quite the feat, but she did a damn good job of wrangling them. Her other greatest joys were her grandchildren: Gavin, Peyton, Tristian, Connor, Landon and Luke.
Barb retired in 2012 and made the leap to Florida with her family where she was able to enjoy many happy years where she no longer had to shovel snow. Many good memories sit in a chair by the ocean; she is actually riding a paddle board! She got her own spot which she really enjoyed and even grew big cherry tomatoes on her patio.
Barb liked to take her morning walks; visit neighbors; come to the pool with all of us; watch the news and Dr. Phil; eat banana bread and yogurt; Enjoy special Christmas candy sent by the Iowa family, especially the fudge. Always come to family reunions, birthdays and holidays. Her grandchildren were her world and the apples of her eyes. Talking with her sister Darlene. Spending time in each girl’s house and always on the phone with us every day telling us about our daily lives with the good and the bad. She always told us how it was and what we should do! She was very opinionated and sure of herself!
She was very happy and content and we all kept her very busy. We will always cherish the memories of our childhood and how she could cook up a storm. Great suppers as she would call them; roasts were his biggest hit and also green peppers and squash stuffed with butter and brown sugar and always a glass of milk.
Some of her hobbies were drinking a cold beer and enjoying the company of her best friend, Molly Jorgensen. Boy, they have always had a great time listening to music, laughing with each other and supporting each other for many, many years.
Barbara Ann will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a beautiful soul with the most caring heart and taught us all to love deeply and hard.
See you later mom! And we know that we now have the greatest guardian angel watching over us; you are now an angel in heaven as you were here on earth. Thank you for giving us life!
Barbara Wayt is survived by her sister Darlene Renshaw of Storm Lake and her son, Chris Renshaw of Florence, Italy; his brothers: Clifford Moldovan of Altoona and his son Chad Moldovan; Lewis (Pam) Moldovan and their children: Elizabeth, Jonathon, Stephen and Hannah of Sac City; Newell’s niece Jessica Moore. His daughters: Lesley Wayt of Jensen Beach, Florida, and his sons: Connor Schon of Jensen Beach, Florida; and Gavin Oehler of Omaha, Neb.; Holly Wayt of Jensen Beach, Florida and her son, Tristian Chab of Fort Pierce, Florida, her partner Karl Idzik and her daughters: Kailey and Paisley of Calhoun, Louisiana; and Heidy Croke (Mike) of Jensen Beach, Florida and their sons: Landon and Luke Croke of Jensen Beach, Florida; and Peyton Ung of Box Elder, SD Special Friends: Ron and Molly Jorgensen of Lakeside and their children: Casey, Dallas, McClaine and Ferell; Carroll’s Stacey Lundy; his neighbours: Tim, Charlotte, Dehlia, Cuffy, Elmer and Jose.
She was pursued in death by her parents Ruby and Lewis Moldovan; stepfather Pat Patton; his sisters: Linda and Mary Moldovan; special in-laws: Don and Nonie Wayt, Jerry (Ann) and Danny (Barb) Wayt, all of Sac City.