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Wednesday, September 13, 2023
6:00 - 8:00pm (Mountain time)
Thursday, September 14, 2023
9:30 - 10:45am (Mountain time)
Thursday, September 14, 2023
Starts at 11:00am (Mountain time)
On December 31, 1954, in the small town of Ebikon, Switzerland, a story of resilience and unwavering love began. Heidi Barfuss Wasden, a woman who embodied strength and grace, was born into this world. Her journey was marked by trials and triumphs that would inspire all who knew her. On September 9, 2023, surrounded by her loving family, Heidi completed her earthly voyage and returned to her heavenly home.
Heidi's early years were shaped by the loving embrace of her parents, Joseph and LaRue Barfuss, who had adopted her when she was only 2 years old. Her roots were strong, and her heart was full of gratitude for the second chance at life she was given. She carried that gratitude throughout her lifetime.
She is finally at rest after being known in life as a survivor, someone who fought every challenge life threw at her to stay around for her family, including surviving late-stage breast cancer two times, recovering from a serious car accident and being saved from a near-drowning incident.
Heidi's love story with her eternal sweetheart, Carl John Wasden, unfolded on March 1, 1974, in the sacred halls of the Salt Lake Temple. Together, they forged a partnership that would endure through every storm and illuminate countless moments of joy.
Heidi was the embodiment of a devoted wife, a loving mother to six children, and a cherished grandmother to thirteen. Her family was her universe, and she was their unwavering protector and guiding light. From a young age, Heidi displayed remarkable loyalty to her siblings, defending them fearlessly in the face of adversity. As a mother, she dedicated herself entirely to nurturing and teaching her children, selflessly sacrificing her time and personal pursuits to ensure their well-being and growth.
Heidi had an infectious love for games of all kinds, whether it was board games, night games, or whimsical group activities. She believed that these games were the vessels of some of life's happiest and most laughter-filled moments with family and cherished friends. She looked forward to every holiday with unparalleled enthusiasm, and when they seemed too far apart, she'd ingeniously invent new occasions like Grandkid Friday Party and Pre-Halloween Party, ensuring that love and laughter filled her home year-round.
In the kitchen, Heidi was nothing short of a magician. Her culinary skills were unparalleled, and she ran a successful event catering business for many years. Her ability to delight large crowds with her homemade creations was a testament to her talent and passion. Yet, her greatest joy was sharing these creations with her family.
Heidi's unwavering faith was the cornerstone of her life. As a lifelong Christian and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served her congregation and neighbors with a heart full of compassion. Throughout her life, she fulfilled numerous church callings, offering her time, talents, and boundless love to those in need.
Her profound testimony of the Savior and His Plan of Salvation never wavered. Without exception, Heidi strived to live her daily life in a way that fulfilled Paul's plea in 2 Timothy to "be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord," always holding strong to her testimony of the Savior and His Plan of Salvation for families. If Matthew’s charge was correct, the importance of becoming like a child to enter heaven, then Heidi is surely among the angels. The innocent and unassuming nature of her hopeful faith, how teachable she was about gospel principles, perfectly illustrates the meekness and humility that motivated her serviceable life, never doubting in Lord and His plan for each of us.
Her childlike, perfect faith shone brightly in her love for playing, teaching, and singing primary songs with children. Heidi accepted church callings to serve children and teens with enthusiasm, devoting her time and creative spirit to motivate and inspire them. Her unwavering dedication aimed to help young hearts understand their divine worth.
Heidi's legacy lives on in her beloved husband, Carl John Wasden, and in the hearts of her living children: Chad Wasden of Oahu, Hawaii; Andrea Hancock and her husband Jake Hancock of Grantsville, Utah; Brittany Klocke and her husband Eric Klocke of Southlake, Texas; Heather Wasden of Bluffdale, Utah; Mark Wasden and partner Nicole Gibson of Oahu, Hawaii, and Josh Wasden and wife Catherine Wasden of Lal-lal, Australia.
Her memory will forever be a beacon of love, resilience, and unshakeable faith for her thirteen cherished grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Andy Barfuss and wife Julie; Julie Beck and husband Ray; Stacie Lythgoe and husband Kevin; Jodie Curtis and husband Kitt; and her mother, Sally Barfuss. Preceded in death by her parents Joseph and LaRue Barfuss; her brother Larry Barfuss, and in-laws Jed and Deon Wasden.
As we bid farewell to Heidi, we remember her as a survivor, a loving wife and mother, an extraordinary grandmother, a kitchen magician, and a woman whose unwavering faith and boundless love touched the lives of all who had the privilege to know her. Though she has left this earthly realm, her spirit and influence will forever endure in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to call her family and friend.
Heidi’s journey is complete, and she is finally at rest, her legacy of love and faith continuing to inspire us all.
A viewing will be held at 2447 W 11400 S on Wednesday, September 13th, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Services will be held at the Country Park 3rd Ward at 1988 W 11400 S on Thursday, September 14th at 11:00 following a viewing from 9:30-10:45 am. Interment at South Jordan City Cemetery.
Heidi Wasden - Funeral Recording.mp3