Barbara Jane Earnest Cunefare

Bethalto | Thursday, June 16 2016

Barbara Jane Earnest Cunefare, 52, passed away on June 16, 2016. She was the cherished wife of Michael Eugene Cunefare. They shared 28 loving years of marriage together. Barbara was the beloved mother of Kyle Thomas Cunefare and Ryan Michael Cunefare. Born in Vincennes Indiana, she was the daughter of Francis Isabelle Earnest and Otis Leroy Earnest. She graduated from Robinson High School and completed Beauty School.  She was self-employed as a hairdresser, working for the Bethalto Care Center for 25 years.  She also worked at Cloverleaf Golf Course in the clubhouse. She served as Cub Scout Committee Chair. Den Leader. She enjoyed crafts of all kinds; she especially enjoyed stained glass work, jewelry making, sewing, gardening, and golfing. Barbara will always be remembered for her loving smile, her thoughtfulness, her infectious laughter, her energetic personality, and the unending love she showed for everyone around her.  Barbara was many things to many people; she was a coworker, a leader, a teacher, a friend, a confidant, a shopping buddy, a loving mother and wife, and so very much more. She is survived by her husband, Michael Cunefare, sons, Kyle and Ryan Cunefare, soon to be daughter-in-law, Brittany Biggs, sister and brother-in-law, Beth and Larry Gangloff, niece and nephews, Misty, Andrew, and Eric Gangloff, mother-in-law, Evelyn Cunefare, sister-in-law and husband, Tracy and Todd Weger, sister-in-law and husband Carolyn and Mark Vogelzang, nephew and niece, Nick and Paige Vogelzang, and dear friend, Dee Hildreth. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Otis and Francis Earnest, brother, Joe Earnest, and father-in-law, Arthur Cunefare. The funeral will be held on Wednesday June 22nd from 4:00 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf located at 727 E. Bethalto Blvd. in Bethalto. The funeral will be Thursday June 23rd at 10:00 A.M.Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals.Online condolences may be left at

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Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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