Barbara Burton Weinstock, 65, of Sunrise, Florida and Richfield, Minnesota died on July 26th from complications related to autoimmune hepatitis.
Barb was born in Columbus, Nebraska, and grew up in nearby Fremont. She was a loving big sister to her younger sisters and brother. In her early twenties she moved to Minneapolis. Soon after moving to Minnesota, Barb came to faith in her savior, Jesus Christ. She attended Church of the Open Door and Bethlehem Baptist Church. She worked as a human resources assistant for over 10 years at the national offices of the Evangelical Free Church of America in Bloomington. It was during that time that Barb returned to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Metro State University in St. Paul.
Barb was giving, generous and compassionate. She loved children and was a long time volunteer at her church nursery. She also loved animals, especially dogs. She and her husband Bruce, whom she married in 1994, adopted eight rescue dogs and fostered many others. They particularly loved herding dogs, such as Collies, Shelties and Australian Shepherds. Barb also gave her time to serving others. She befriended a homeless man in Minnesota, became his representative payee, helped him find lodging, veteran’s benefits, and assured that he had regular social services. She managed his finances for many years and always made sure his needs were met. Her favorite scripture, which she used as a signature on every email, was Micah 6: 8: “…do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”
Barb had no fear. In her early years, she tried and enjoyed skydiving and she was always open for a new challenge. She took classes in sign language, and was a member of her church sign choir. She loved to sign during worship.
In the past few years she and Bruce spent winters together in Sunrise, Florida, near Bruce’s family, with whom Barb was very close. She is survived by her husband Bruce Weinstock of Sunrise, Florida, brother David Burton of Fremont, Nebraska, sister Brenda Bekke of Richfield, Minnesota, sister Ellen Burton of House Springs, Missouri, sister Sheila Smith and husband Scott of Bucyrus, Missouri, sister Lynda Lynn of Stuanton, Illinois, mother-in-law Joan Weinstock of Sunrise, brother- and sister-in-law James and Karen Weinstock of North Lauderdale, Florida, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her mother, Eileen Smith, and father, Glen Burton.
Funeral at Plantation Community Church, 6501 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, on August 1st at 11 a.m. Eastern Time (10 a.m. CT) (to be live streamed by the church on YouTube), with interment to follow at Bailey Memorial Cemetery, 7801 Bailey Rd., North Lauderdale. Arrangements entrusted to T. M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home (954) 587-6888 tmralph.com.