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V. Barbara Bedolla

October 25, 1940 April 25, 2020
V. Barbara Bedolla
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Virginia Barbara Bedolla, or as she preferred, V. Barbara Bedolla, was born on October 25, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to Virginia Hall-Roelly and Jules Robeson Roelly. Barbara had one sister 6 years her junior, Julie. The Roelly family lived in the Asyria Center, Barry County, Michigan. Barbara attended St. Phillips K-12 in Battle Creek, Michigan. While at St. Phillips, Barbara often led the May Crowning procession because it was widely suspected that the nuns wanted to recruit Barbara to become a nun. However, she had said that she would never settle for the “nunnery,” it was priesthood or nothing!
Barbara attended Mercy College in Detroit where she joined an organization called the Solidity Movement later re-named Christian Life Communities (CLC.) She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work. Her commitment to CLC became a life-long passion. Through a church function, she met her future husband, Marcelino M. Bedolla. Barbara and Marcelino married at St. Phillips Church on October 5, 1963.
Barbara and Marcelino had three children. The family re-located to Columbia, Maryland. In support of Marcelino’s job, the Bedolla family had many adventures moving to La Paz, Bolivia, Panama City, Panama and Quito, Ecuador over the years.
During her time with CLC, Barbara founded several CLC communities in Maryland, and worked with CLC on a national and international level. Barbara also attended Shalem Institute where she perfected her profession as spiritual director. Being a spiritual director was a calling for Barbara, and she has “coached” hundreds of people for over 50 years bringing people closer to themselves and God.
Barbara also facilitated workshops on Finding God in Daily Work. She tapped into her inner child and created her clown “Allelulia” and ran clown classes combining the symbolism of rebirth and joy.
In the late 1990’s, Barbara returned to Detroit to work on her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry and worked as a Pastoral Minister at the Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Detroit. Barbara remained in Detroit after retiring from ministry and continued her work with CLC and Spiritual Direction.
Barbara’s physical challenges often drained her physically and mentally; and yet she continued to be a vessel of God, bringing light, humor, kindness and gentleness to all she came across.
Barbara is survived by her daughter Margaret; son, Lou and daughter-in-law, Erica; daughter, Catherine and her fiancé, Eric. Barbara has four wonderful granddaughters: Sierra, Christine, Margaret, and Samantha; sister, Julie and her husband, Jerry. Barbara also has a vast network of beloved friends, extended family and her loving cat, Fluffy. She will be profoundly missed by all.
A Mass that Barbara wrote, and celebration of life will be held in Detroit, Michigan at a undetermined date. The family entrusted arrangements to Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

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