Barbara Ann Coury Detlefsen


Barbara Ann Coury Detlefsen of Slippery Rock passed away in a car accident in Pittsfield, Mass., on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
She was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Nov. 29, 1946, to Manuel John Coury Sr. and Helen Hazer Coury. She married Michael Ernest Detlefsen on Dec. 30, 1976.
Barbara graduated from Briar Cliff College and studied via correspondence with the London Montessori Center.
Barbara taught first grade for seven years in the Sioux City school system.
With her husband, Mike, she opened Room to Grow Montessori in her own home where she welcomed students for 34 years. Along with assistant Betty Holmes, she had the delight of being an integral part of the early education of more than 400 students. She believed that every child deserves to be heard and that we must listen. She tirelessly proved this belief throughout her life in her family, in her work and in her community.
She was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Slippery Rock and in her true characteristic style, she quietly helped in a number of capacities within the church.
Among those contributions, she created and maintained the Pebble Catholic Room at the Newman Center in Slippery Rock and was active in teaching CCD, Vacation Bible School and joyously participating in the Sewing Ministry.
Survivors include husband, Michael, at home; son, Bradley J. (Roseann) Detlefsen; and grandson Julian Thomas Detlefsen of West Chester; sister, Mary (Carlos) Carrillo of Sioux City, Iowa; brother, Manuel John Coury Jr., of Sioux City, Iowa; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jeff (Jan) Detlefsen of Portland, Ore.; niece, Maria (Dennis) Madden of Dakota Dunes, S.D.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Children and former students may send or deliver a copy of their favorite children's book to the Slippery Rock Community Library, located at 465 North Main St., Slippery Rock.
Others may choose to donate in Barbara's name to the Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard, located at 324 N. Main St., Slippery Rock.
To honor Barbara, please to share in her unrelenting spirit of kindness and love.

Barbara Ann Coury, 72, of Slippery Rock.
Calling hours: From 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (9-6-19) and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday (9-7-19) at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock.
Service: Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (9-7-19) at St. Peter Church, 670 S. Main St., Slippery Rock, with Father Adam Verona and Father Steven Neff of the church presiding.
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Elaine Tonelli
Sep 08, 2019
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Barbara Ann Coury Detlefsen.  Plant a tree
Linda Hyatt
Sep 06, 2019
Our hearts are broken and Barbara will be sadly missed. She was such a huge influence in my kids lives throughout the years and will remain in our hearts forever. May you find peace and comfort knowing she touched so many lives.
The Hyatt Family
Mary DeJoseph
Aug 24, 2019
Praying that sunshine and God’s grace guides you through this difficult time.
Ambrosio/Skeele Family
Aug 23, 2019
Barb had such an impact on our two children. They loved going to Montessori and learned so much from her, and always treasured their relationship with “Mrs D. “ We are so sad for your loss, and for losing a beloved member of our community.
Pearl Shaffer
Aug 23, 2019
So sorry to hear of Your loss, Mike. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Barbara Debnam
Aug 23, 2019
Brad and Roseanne, your Mother sounds like she was a lovely person. I'm so impressed by all the time she spent educating children in the Montessori methods. What a wonderful gift to all the children she had the pleasure to teach. I hope time and happy memories help heal the pain you feel today. Prayers for you and your family.
Janie Montgomery
Aug 23, 2019
I met Barb years ago when I worked in the dentist office... always enjoyed our conversations. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Janet Thompson
Aug 23, 2019
Brad, Roseann, and Julian...
My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Barbara. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Lou and Beth Masci
Aug 23, 2019
We are so saddened by the loss of Barbara. We hope that the many wonderful memories of Barbara’s life will help you through this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless
Ping and Mark Gaffey
Aug 23, 2019
What a wonderful person, what a loss to the human family. Mike, Brad and family - you are in our prayers and hearts.