The community comes together to remember the Barry family

DULUTH, MN. (KBJR 6) – Hundreds of people gathered to honor the life of the Barry family during a public funeral service on Sunday.

“I can’t even imagine the pain the family and their close friends are feeling,” said councilor Arik Forsman, who knew the family. “But today is an opportunity for our community to just be with them and hug them and help them through a really tough time.”

St. Luke’s Chaplain Tab Baumgartner officiated the service.

“Looking around and seeing you now means so much to the family,” Baumgartner said. “A powerful reminder that they are not alone, that we cannot do this alone, none of us can.”

Many friends and family members took to the podium to share their memories with the Barrys.

“It’s a family that really lived every day,” said Sean Barry’s mother, Elizabeth Barry. “And the bubbles let you find your place and land, but the bubbles give you a place, and they’re with each other now.”

She said the bubbles reminded her of her son because his adventurous spirit guided him, bouncing from place to place, until he found Riana and finally stuck.

Because their daughters were Girl Scouts, cookies were given out in their honor.

The youngest, Sadie, was a passionate and ambitious saleswoman.

The eldest daughter, Shiway, was also very intelligent and compassionate and a proud mother of five guinea pigs.

They were a beautiful and kind family, who touched so many people in their lifetime.

“So many people want to come here with them and celebrate their legacy, which is to say they are truly a happy and impactful family during their time here in Duluth,” said Arik Forsman.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover the cost of funeral services.

To read the full obituary, click here.

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