Barbara ‘Gram’ Lundeen: ‘Her love knew no bounds’

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Barbara ‘Gram’ Lundeen
November 12, 1932 -February 15, 2024

Barbara ‘Gram’ Lundeen, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on February 15, 2024, in Eureka, California at the age of 91. She leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter and cherished memories.

She was born in Yuba City, California, on November 12, 1932, to Roy Henry Kaiser and Marguerite Clarke-Kaiser of Sacramento, California.

Barbara is survived by her son Erik Lundeen (wife Esther) of Henderson, Nevada, and daughter Berit Locatelli (husband Russell) of McKinleyville, California; grandchildren Anne Locatelli of West Hollywood, California, and Thomas Locatelli of Chico, California; niece Diana Oslund (children Mallory & Kyle), Portland, Oregon; nephew Kriss Hart, Juneau, Alaska; niece Karla Hart, Juneau, Alaska; nephew Kent Hart (children Skye & Kamper) Juneau, Alaska; nephew Bob Lundeen (wife Carrie and children) of St. Charles, Illinois; and David Lundeen (wife JulieAnna and children) of Dekalb, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Marge Kaiser; husband Harold Lundeen of Los Angeles, California; sister Betty Lou Hart of Juneau, Alaska, sister Sharon Barton of Portland, Oregon; nephew Duke Barton of Portland, Oregon; niece Joy Lundeen-Shimp of Grand Haven, Michigan.

Barbara, known affectionately as ‘Gram,’ had a gift for brightening any room with her smile, infectious laughter, and creative spirit. Her love knew no bounds, and she poured her heart into nurturing her family and building lasting relationships with those around her.

She had a unique ability to find joy in the simplest moments– making every day feel like a celebration.

Barbara was a talented fashion designer and seamstress in Los Angeles, CA; her creative flair brought beauty to the world. Her designs were worn by numerous celebrities in the entertainment industry in the 1950s. She designed and sewed wedding dresses and formal attire for family and friends. Her artistic eye extended beyond the sewing machine. She was a skilled painter, infusing her creations with color and life. The amazing paintings she’s left us will be cherished forever! Barbara moved to McKinleyville in 1999 to be closer to her daughter and her grandchildren.

In addition to her artistic endeavors, Barbara was an avid player of bridge and many other games. Her competitive spirit was matched only by her infectious laughter and joy in the company of loved ones. She enjoyed entertaining immensely, creating unforgettable moments shared with family and friends. Our Christmas Eve parties were legendary and always the highlight of the year.

She will be remembered for her warmth, creativity and the love she poured into everything she did.

There will be a private Celebration of Life.

Cremation provided by Ayers Family Cremation


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Cece Reece
Cece Reece
29 days ago

Barb was a treasured friend and cohort and I will miss her a lot. She was always there to help, whether it was taking on bullies trying to diminish services in our little village, or taking in seams when I lost weight! I could always count on her for a listening ear and for well-reasoned advice.

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