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Barbara Kay Velleman

10/01/1945 - 03/03/2022
Service Date: 03/17/2022
Service Time: 10:00 a.m.
Service Location: All Saints Catholic Church 1534 North Recker Road Mesa, AZ 85205
Visitation Date: 03/16/2022
Visitation Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Visitation Location: Bunker's University Chapel 3529 East University Drive Mesa, AZ 85215
Interment: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

Barbara Kay (Mejer) Velleman, 76, passed away suddenly on March 3rd, 2022, from a pulmonary embolism in Mesa, Arizona. She was born to Vince and Marion (Jewett) Mejer on October 1st, 1945. She graduated from St Joseph’s High School in South Bend, IN. She met her husband of 56 years, James Velleman, in an English and a Biology class at Indiana/ Purdue Extension College. He still called her his “sweet pea” to this day. When she was younger, she enjoyed playing in a volleyball league, gardening, and Camping. She was so proud to get her Associates Degree in Business in 1994 while being a working parent. In the most recent years, she spent her time scrapbooking, working with the women’s ministries at All Saints Parish in Mesa Arizona, going on cruises, visiting the casinos, playing cards and Bingo and being with her family. Barb was a giver. She was happiest when she was able to volunteer, give to the community, to the church and most of all to her family. They moved from Bryan, Ohio to Mesa, Arizona in 2011 to be closer to their Grandchildren. She was always there to make birthday cakes, help where needed and will be missed tremendously.

She is survived by her Husband James “Jim” Velleman, Daughter Tonya “Toni” (Jason) Wellman and Son David Velleman. Her Grandchildren Kaeden and Suraya Wellman, her 2 brothers Vince (Fran) Mejer and Bob Mejer, Sister-in-Law Janet (Jack) Stroobandt, Brother-in-law Jim (Judi) Mirda, like a sister Diane (Jim) Stahler and several nieces and nephews- Joel Mejer, Nichole (Aaron) Svik, Christopher Curtis, Terri Wilson, Tami (Tim) Kelly, Mike (Shannon) Stroobandt, Mark (Patricia) Stroobandt, Jimmy (Cathy) Mirda, Mike (Lauri) Mirda and Tina (Mike) Mazzola. And many more Grand Nieces and Nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Nephews Samuel Mejer and Jason Mejer and Sister-in-Law Sylvia Mirda.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bunker’s University Chapel 3529 East University Drive Mesa, AZ. Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. at All Saint’s Catholic Church 1534 North Recker Road Mesa, AZ. Lunch will be served after the service at Dreamland Villas Read Hall. Burial will take place on Friday, March 18, 2022 at 9 a.m. National Memorial Cemetery of Phoenix 23029 North Cave Creek Road Phoenix, AZ.

Memorial Donations, in Barbara’s name, are requested to St. Vincent de Paul: https://www.stvincentdepaul.net/give

Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • What a great woman and what a great loss. We were neighbors for years and she was like a 2nd mom. You will be missed. Prayers to the family.

  • Dear Jim and family, So sorry for your loss, I think the last time I talked to Barbara was after you moved to Bryan from Edgerton! Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you and your family❤️❤️????

  • Pauline Mejer Holland

    I am so so sorry for your loss ,its been a long time since I’ve talked to Barb
    but she was a very sweet cousin .Keeping family in my prayers

  • Maryann Van Lue ( Mejer )

    We are so sorry to hear that Barb had passed away. I remember her always have a smile on her face and so very kind.

  • Henrietta Mahoney

    My Deepest Sympathy on hearing about Barb passing away. I always remember her with a smile on her face. The family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Barb was always happy and eager to help anyone with anything. She was kind and thoughtful, with a big heart! A true servant’s heart! We enjoyed spending holidays and special occasions with Barb, Jim and the Wellman family. We will miss you Barb! (Please keep Heaven organized until I get there 🙂

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