Sister Barbara Bieker was born in her grandmother’s house in Chehalis, Washington, on October 2, 1932. She was the second of three children born to Thomas Andrew and Ruby Alice (Handy) Bieker. In an article entitled, “I Need to be Ready for Anything,” Sister Barbara shared the following information about her family and childhood.
I have an older brother Jim and a younger sister Rosemary. When I was a young child, my family moved to Onalaska, Washington, where my public school education began. My family attended Mass sometimes at St. Joseph’s in Chehalis where I first met the Dominican Sisters [Congregation of Holy Cross]...I was impressed by their kindness. It was at this time that I first wanted to be a teacher.
When I was a junior in high school, the Sisters came from [their Motherhouse in] Everett to teach summer vacation school. Sister Mary Jean Dorcy and Sister Agnella Graf invited and encouraged me to finish my senior year at Holy Angels High School in Seattle, which I did.
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