Barbara Ann Swartz, "née" Bechtel, was born in Bowling Green, Ohio on January 20, 1956 to Allen H. Bechtel and Helen Kathleen “Kay” (Williams) Bechtel.
Barb grew up in North Baltimore, Ohio and graduated from North Baltimore High School where she was a cheerleader and basketball standout. She married her high school sweetheart Kevin Swartz on September 15, 1979.
Barbara attended Ohio Northern University where she joined the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and received a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, graduating at the top of her class. She worked as a pharmacist at Mansfield General Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio for nearly 20 years, and after her family relocated to Overland Park, Kansas she continued her career at Saint Luke’s South. She retired in January 2021 after more than 40 years.
Barb was known for being kind, generous, forthright, funny, and sharply intelligent. She took great joy and pride in her family. She was a patient listener. She balanced her family and her career, managing to be both an exceptional wife, mother, and grandmother, and an exceptional pharmacist. In her free time you could find her at the beach with family, reading mystery novels, and supporting the Jayhawks and Chiefs.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Kevin; her sister Susan (Dick) Schemmer; her sister Beverly (Jim) Baney; her daughter Kelly Swartz and Kelly’s husband Shaun Wiley; her son Scott (Elissa) Swartz; her grandchildren Cooper and Nina Wiley; and her beloved cat Wayne.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Kay and Allen Bechtel, and her cats Mittens and Kaycee.
Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210 with visitation at 1 p.m. prior to the service.