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Lois S Barker
Lois S Barker

August 27, 2016 | 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Yurs Funeral Home 405 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174

August 27, 2016 | 10:30 am

St. John Neumann Catholic Church 2900 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174

Burial Location
Sacred Heart Cemetery, Northbrook, IL

September 21, 1916 - August 23, 2016

Lois (Steffens) Barker of St. Charles passed away peacefully on August 23, 2016, one month shy of her 100th birthday. She is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Kochlefl, her sisters-in-law Mary Lou Steffens and Joan Lavery, as well as many nieces and nephews and their children, all of whom she dearly loved. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, who died of complications from multiple sclerosis, as well as her parents, Samuel and Mary Ann Steffens, her in-laws, Frank and Anna Barker, a 4-year-old brother, Robert, and her brother Donald.

Growing up, Lois lived in both Evanston and Winnetka, attending St. Nicholas and then Sacred Heart for grammar school. She attended Marywood School in Evanston for high school and had many fond memories of her years there, rarely missing a reunion. She also attended Mundelein College in Chicago for two years during the Great Depression era.

During her sixty years of employment at her regular jobs, Lois had the interesting experience working for 9 ½ years as the part-time personal secretary of Mr. Robert Ringling, then president of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Lois worked at the Lake Forest Hospital for 26 years, including working part-time at home during a two-year leave of absence to care for her husband until his death in 1969. After her retirement from the hospital in 1979, she continued her own secretarial business, which she ran for over 25 years in her home. After two years, she just could not “take” retirement and gained her certification as a Certified Medical Transcriptionist. She worked part-time, which became almost full-time, for Deerpath Medical in the Lake Forest area for fifteen years, from which she permanently retired in September, 1996, at the age of 80.

In 1995, she moved to Geneva, IL, and was an active member of the St. John Neumann parish in St. Charles, as well as the Silver Foxes senior group. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, as well as taking part in activities of the Silver Foxes and local Park Districts. Lois was a diehard Cubs and Bears fan, and loved to attend and watch games.

She and her husband were not blessed with children, but they so enjoyed and dearly loved their nieces and nephews, their godchildren, and all of the neighborhood children. Lois was happy to have watched five sets of children grow up in their Lake Forest neighborhood, many of whom have always kept in touch with her. She remained particularly close to her godchild, Carol, a neighbor in Lake Forest. She was very thankful for the staff at Brighton Gardens and Harbor Lights Hospice for their loving care.

Visitation will be on Saturday, August 27 from 9:00am to 10:00am at Yurs Funeral Home. A funeral mass will follow 10:30am at St. John Neumann church, 2900 E. Main Street in St. Charles, followed by a luncheon. Burial services will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Northbrook at 2:00.

Donations in Lois’ name may be made to St. John Neumann and the American Cancer Society.

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