Barbara L. McComas, 67

Barbara L. McComas, 67, Topeka, Kan., passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.

Barbara was born March 30, 1945, in Racine, the daughter of Roland and Norma (Dobberfuhl) Wilde. She graduated from Concordia University Chicago. Barbara taught at First Lutheran School, Baton Rouge, La., and Topeka Lutheran School. She received the honors of Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, Kansas Lutheran Teacher of the Year, LEA Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Teacher and Concordia University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Barbara was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Topeka, and also worked for the Kansas District office of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Barbara is survived by her brothers, Arthur (Carolyn) Wilde, Findlay, Ohio; and David (Kathryn) Wilde, Carrollton, Texas; stepchildren, Rod Dion, Steve McComas, Mike McComas and Debbie Adams; nieces, Julie Harrison, Becky Armentrout and Christina Wilde; nephews, Michael Wilde and Eric Wilde; four great-nieces and great-nephews; and five step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Carol Wilde.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at Faith Lutheran Church, Topeka. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Gardens. Barbara will lie in state after 2 p.m., today, Oct. 11, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka, where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage, Topeka, Kan., 66604; Topeka Lutheran School, 701 Roosevelt St., Topeka, Kan., 66606; or Whisper Walk for Ovarian Cancer c/o St. Francis Foundation, 1700 SW 7th St., Topeka, Kan., 66606. To leave a special message for the family online, visit

Penwell-Gabel Funeral Homes, Crematory & Cemetery, Mid-Town Chapel in Topeka is assisting the family.