OBITUARY

Lucille Barbian

September 30, 1930November 5, 2018
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Barbian, Lucille H. age 88, a retired real estate broker, of Las Vegas passed away on November 5, 2018 in her home. Lucille enjoyed sewing, golfing, playing bingo and blackjack. She was a devoted and loyal mother who instilled the importance of family, education and hard work in her children. She was preceded in death by her daughter Judith, and her sons James and Richard. Survivors include her children Gerald (Kathleen), Thomas, Kenneth, Robert, and Cheryl Barbian; son-in-law William Frank; twelve grandchildren: David, Ryan (Emily), Brian (Quynh), Skylar, Destiny, Christopher, Heather (Andy), Amanda, Tyler, Maggie, Julia, and Molly; six great grandchildren Maguire, Maren, Brandon, James, John, and Hannah and her devoted caregiver, Rina. A celebration of her life will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Palm Southwest Mortuary, 7979 W. Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas. Her final resting place, Columbarium of St. Matthias in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 1, 2018
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Lucille Barbian

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Patrick Manske

November 14, 2018

Lucille, Butch & siblings are and were such a big part of Phyllis, the kids and my life. Renting their upstairs when we were first married meant so much to us starting out. We laughed, partied, and cried together. Christmas with Santa and the kids, summer vacations with all of her sisters, mates and siblings are times never to be forgotten and always cherished. We were all family. “Who will fish with Grandpa Frank in the morning?” was always the question the night before. Life was and is great.

Lucille will be together with her mom, dad, sisters, mates and past siblings. The Lord will welcome them all together as a Family. RIP sweet lady and mom of all.

-PHM and the kids

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Biography

Lucille Barbian 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, Lucille will be remembered as a very exceptional person. Lucille was born on September 30, 1930 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of immigrants and proud parents, Luci and Frances. She had three sisters, her friends forever, Maxine, Marion, and Phyllis. Lucille was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings throughout their lives. Whenever she would get together with her sisters, they always seemed to brew up lots of commotion, laughing, and having fun (the Manhattans might have had something to do with it!)

Coming from a stout religious upbringing, a good south side polish girl, she fell in love at a young age, married as a good catholic girl does, and had a brood of kids. Lucille worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Lucille was blessed with six sons, James, Richard, Gerald, Thomas, Kenneth, and Robert; and two daughters, Judith and Cheryl. Some might say the Barbian’s are bull headed and stubborn. Well this is true as it was one of Lucille’s favorite lines: “It’s my way or the highway!” It's no wonder Jim moved away from home and out to California to find fortune and fame! But no matter what, she was always selfless and giving of herself, especially to her family. After many good years with her husband Norman, also known as Butch, she divorced and enjoyed the company of her family. She kept a strong bond with all of her children, especially to her youngest children, Bob and Shari. She made sure all her kids stayed in line, and was always a caring, selfless, and a loving mom.

Lucille showed her commitment without saying or broadcasting a word. She helped Jerry and Kathy when they were new parents trying to navigate the world of childcare with baby Brian. When Judy fell ill, Lucille was right there to help however she could. When Ken was short a caregiver for Chris, Amanda, and Heather, she was there to make sure the household ran smoothly and that the whip still cracked. When Tom needed his life tilted upright from life’s excessiveness, she was there for him. She helped Bob when Tyler, Maggie, and Julie needed grandma to have a happy summer with baseball practice, camps, and cooking. With Shari, she was there to make sure she stabilized herself in a new home in Las Vegas with Molly. Then, of course, Jim, her kid who got attention weather he wanted it or not. Lucille would visit Vegas with her sisters and friends, and as Jim liked to be called “Diamond Jim,” always made sure they had a great meal where he was the entertainer.

Fortunately, Lucille enjoyed what she did for a living. She found an interest in working with numbers and money as a checker at Tate’s Grocery Store and then Sentry Foods. She worked hard and moved her way into book keeping. Seeing her sisters buy homes, she took an interest in real estate and took note about how she could move the family into a nicer home. This lead her and the Barbian’s to a new home on 95th street, which then lead to her career in real estate at Kilps Realty, Wauwatosa Realty and then, on to found her own company, Barbian Realty. As a broker and realtor she had successes and lots of hard work. Selling in a time of 18% interest must have had challenges in finding qualified buyers. Lucille always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

That house on 95th taught many of her kids the value of hard work. This is where Jerry, Jim, and Tom (and Ken, at least as a bystander) learned a thing or two about what hard work was. When the house was built, a clay yard was exposed and a yard was needed, so Lucille made sure there were shovels, rakes, a wheel barrow, and a few strategically placed piles of dirt that were to be spread out with grit and brawn. Eventually it was completed, and the kids stronger for it.

Lucille enjoyed golf for a while and often went with friends from Parents without Partners. She especially enjoyed a leisurely meal at places like Norby Bakers, a great neighborhood place close to home, where she would enjoy a good meal, a drink, and enjoy being catered to. Lucille also loved sewing, playing bingo, and blackjack, but mostly she was off on adventures, crisscrossing the country with family and friends for the love of her kids. She liked traveling, and there were many good camping and sightseeing trips that were top on the list, as well as the altered states that came along with the sisters spending time together having a good time! The sisters would load a bunch of kids in the back of their cars, pull tent campers across the country from Milwaukee to places like the Redwood Nation Forest, always looking for the possibilities of having a good time. Lucille’s energy for adventures always kept going, with trips to Mechanic Island, New York City, cruise ships, and numerous other places. She would always find ways to spend time with her sisters, friends, and her family. Guess she taught her children well, as each adventured afar.

Lucille passed away on November 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was preceded in death by her daughter Judith; and sons, James and Richard. Survivors include her children Gerald (Kathleen), Thomas, Kenneth, Robert, and Cheryl Barbian; son-in-law William Frank; twelve grandchildren: David, Ryan (Emily), Brian (Quynh), Skylar, Destiny, Christopher, Heather (Andy), Amanda, Tyler, Maggie, Julia, and Molly; six great grandchildren Maguire, Maren, Brandon, James, John, and Hannah; and her devoted caregiver, Rina. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary. Lucille was laid to rest at Columbarium of St. Matthias in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Simply stated, Lucille 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. She always gave everything she had to those she loved. It wasn’t her money, though what she had she shared, but what was most valuable was her time! Time, the most valuable gift to give and she gave it freely to her family and friends, something that as they got older they realized was the most valuable gift of all. She also gave her family the value of a good education, both formally and from life’s experiences as well.

Lucille was a great listener. She patiently listened to what ever troubles her family might have. They came to her looking for advice, expected to hear what to do and direction to take, yet Lucille, for all her patience, would say: “I don’t have the answer. Whatever you think is best is what you should do, and you will figure out what is best.” It is tough at times, figuring out what one’s true north is. Her parting wisdoms were to love your family, work hard, and follow your true north, as only you can determine the best way to live your life. Lucille leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Lucille Barbian.