Barbara Hartz, age 84, of Perry passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 with her family by her side at her home in Perry, Iowa. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Perry. Visitation will be on Friday, May 25, 2018 from 2-7 p.m. with family present to greet friends from 5-7 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Perry. Memorials will be given to HCI Care Services and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be sent at

Barbara Jane Hartz was born on Oct. 4, 1933 at Mondovia, Wash. to Clark and Rita Sabina (Forney) Nichols. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines and earned her Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees from Drake University.

She was united in marriage to Marvin Richard Hartz at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Iowa on Aug. 7, 1954. She taught special education at Perry High School and fourth grade at Perry Elementary, serving the district for over 30 years.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Perry, PEO and Perry Retired Teachers. She volunteered at the Carnegie Library Museum, sang in choir and was very active in church throughout the years.

In death she rejoins her husband Marvin, parents, Clark and Rita Nichols and a brother, Dwight Nichols.

Left to cherish Barbara’s memory are her three children, Jane Babcock, Urbandale, Iowa, Bill (Jenifer) Hartz, Columbia, Mo. and Carol (Bill) Werner, Overland Park, Kan., eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren.