OBITUARY

Barbara J Stewart

July 7, 1948November 4, 2018
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Barbara J Stewart, age 70, of Chicago, Illinois passed away on Sunday November 4, 2018. Beloved wife of Don; loving mother of Jamie (Rolando Perez) and Jason (Meagan) Stewart; cherished grandmother of Fiona; dear sister of Lauren (Robert) Shaver, Brenda (Ray) Kirschenheiter and Lance (Kathy) Gillette; fond aunt of many. Funeral Services Saturday 10a.m. in the Woodlawn Funeral Home 7750 W. Cermak Road; Forest Park, IL 60130 Cremation Private. Visitation Friday 3p.m. until 8p.m. (708) 442-8500

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.woodlawnchicago.com for the Stewart family.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
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Lauren Shaver

November 6, 2018

Barb's wedding shower at Bayport Fire House.

Lauren Shaver

November 6, 2018

Larger Pic. Barb n Lauren Sept. 60 Kay Maash's Wedding
Cousin George Buehler took pics.

Lauren Shaver

November 6, 2018

Larger Pic. Barb n Brenda late 60's

Lauren Shaver

November 6, 2018

Barb Lauren n Lance Christmas 1960

Lauren Shaver

November 6, 2018

Barb and Lauren, 8/1960 Kays wedding

Lauren Shaver

November 6, 2018

1960's Christmas Barb with Brenda looking on.

lauren shaver

November 6, 2018

Jamie, Barb, Don & Jason - Bayport Fire House.

Lauren Shaver

November 6, 2018

Barb and Cousin Jimmy Lewis 7/2018

Lauren Shaver

November 6, 2018

Kelly's and Scotts Wedding, Emanuel Lutheran Church, Patchogue, NY

Lauren Shaver

November 5, 2018

Kelly's wedding 7/2018

Biography

Barbara J Stewart was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Barbara will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       She was the daughter of Lawrence and June Gillette. Barbara grew up in Bayport, New York.

      Barbara was raised the oldest of 4 siblings. Lance, Lauren and Brenda. Barbara was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Barbara had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Barbara was an active child who took part as a choir girl in Emanuel Lutheran Church in Patchogue, New York. She was a Baton Twirler and member of the marching band. In her spare time she liked church. However, to Barbara, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

      A typical teenager, Barbara had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      Barbara enjoyed her college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Barbara was able to manage the balancing act. She earned her Bachelors from Valparaiso University, AA from Concordia College. as well as played French Horn.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew, Barbara enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. Later in life, she became friends with Helen and Elaine.

       Empathic and loyal, Barbara was committed to making her family happy.

      Barbara worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Barbara was blessed with 2 children, 1 daughter, Jamie, 1 son Jason. Another blessing for Barbara was the gift of a granddaughter, Fiona.

      Fortunately, Barbara enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Barbara worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was Social Worker. She was employed by American Red Cross then Presence Health. Barbara always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Barbara enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were painting holiday related ceramics and puzzles, also assisting her children with homework. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Barbara found pleasure in sports. Barbara was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she had the chance to do so. Tops on her list were watching all the Chicago teams Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and watched a lot of games with her son-in-law and granddaughter.

      Throughout her life, Barbara was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Barbara was a member of the Campfire, Girl Scouts.

      Barbara was a woman who took pride in upholding her beliefs. So it is little wonder that she took an active role in her community, serving on committees for the LSC.

      Barbara’s faith was important to her. She was a member and grew up following the Lutheran religion in a very old church in Patchoque, NY. During that time, she was a child choir girl.

      Barbara enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included Montauk, beach vacations and , just being with family.

      When Barbara’s retirement finally arrived in 2013, she was well prepared. Even in retirement, Barbara continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Barbara was active in her new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

      Barbara passed away on November 4, 2018 at home. Passed away from stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer diagnosed 5 years ago, initially given 6 months to live. She is survived by her children, husband and granddaughter. Barbara's final disposition is cremation and her family will follow her wishes as to the distribution of her cremains.

      Simply stated, Barbara was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Barbara leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Barbara J Stewart.