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Barbara “Barb” Bodie, 90, State Center

The sparkling and bright personality of Barbara “Barb” Bodie, 90, lifelong resident of State Center, has returned to the arms of her Heavenly Father and beloved husband on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at The Willows of Marshalltown. She was under the care of St. Croix Hospice.

Funeral services for Barb will take place on Monday, January 24 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in State Center. She will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery. Friends and family are also invited to attend a visitation on Sunday, January 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul Lutheran Church in State Center or to the Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown. For questions or to leave a condolence, please visit or call 641-844-1234.

Born Barbara Mulcahy on October 27, 1931 in State Center, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Pfantz) Mulcahy. Barb was very smart and graduated from State Center High School with the class of 1949. Shortly after, she met the love of her life, Ivan “Ike” Bodie and they were united in marriage on June 3, 1950. They were blessed with the birth of two sons, Steven and Bruce.

Barb was excellent in the kitchen – mastering the art of cooking and baking from scratch. She was a strong, hardworking woman and a loving and devoted wife and mother. Barb also worked outside the home, dedicating over 15 years at GTE Telephone Company, followed by working in the office of Dr. Robinson and Dr. Sokol, the dental practice of Dr. Kimm and later for Community Nursing Services. In retirement, Barb and Ike wintered together in Texas and celebrated 65 years of marriage before his passing in 2016.

Barb had personality galore – she was hospitable, always smiling and had a contagious laugh. She loved her family, her friends, her community and her church. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where her legacy will live on through her musical talents and the strong faith that she shared with all. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Delta Nu Study Club, as well as actively involved in the annual Rose Festival and queen candidate selection.

Barb had a zest for life and enjoyed many things, including Christmas trees, bloody beer, Iowa State, her bird feeder, Tom Brady and “The Sound of Music.” She also had a deep love of cats, doting affectionately on all the kitties that came through her home, including her beloved grand-cats. She was a light in a dark world and will truly be missed by all those whose lives she touched.

Those left to cherish her memory include her two sons: Steven Bodie of Norwalk and Bruce (Raejean) Bodie of Marshalltown; two grandchildren: Tammy Johnston and Matt Bodie (Veronica); two great-grandchildren: Hadley Jayce Johnston and Jayden Bodie; two brothers: Roger (Judy) Mulcahy of Charles City and Larry Mulcahy of Cincinnati, IA; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

In eternal life, Barb is reunited with her beloved husband, Ike; her parents, Frank and Mary; siblings: Bonnie Noe, Betty Whorall, Bob Mulcahy and Chuck Mulcahy and her sweet cat, Tabby.

We would like to extend our gratitude to The Willows of Marshalltown and to St. Croix Hospice for their exceptional care given to Barb and her family.

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