Lucile Barber

Lucile Barber

Lucile M. (Stoneburner) Barber of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Barber was born December 17, 1920 in Kalamazoo to Clinton and Ruth (Kaylor) Stoneburner, the eldest of 13 children, and was a 1939 Otsego High School graduate.

Lucile was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Otsego and more than anything, enjoyed spending time with her family. She began her working career as a switchboard operator in Alamo, worked at Shakespeare, Checker Cab, Skogmo’s Department Store in Otsego, Jensen’s in Plainwell, was bookkeeper for Mobil Oil Co. and worked at the Otsego Public Schools.

On September 5, 1947 in Kalamazoo she married Gerald Barber, who survives. Also surviving are four daughters and a son, Betty (Harry) Bongers, Grace Blowers, Jane (Neal) Rockafellow, Carl (Sally) Barber and Geraldene Bloem; grandchildren, Suellyn (Tim) Oosting, Haralyn (Andrew) McHugh, Pamela Beeman, Amanda (Eddy) Matthews, Jennifer (Marc) LaForest, Sara (Rob) Keen, Elizabeth Kenny, Anne Barber, Eric Barber, Kurt Barber, Nicole Bloem, Jared Bloem, Katheryn Irwin and Elizabeth Irwin; great-grandchildren, Rebekah, Jason, Katie, Cynthia, Lance, Emily, Elizabeth, Ryan, Paige, Caleb, Liberty, Cameron, Piper, Cash and Ethan; great great granddaughters, Elle and Lucy; siblings, Arline (Elmo) Wallace, James (Shirley) Stoneburner, Harry (Norma) Stoneburner, Jack (Mary) Stoneburner, Frank (Judy) Stoneburner, Judy (John) Hunt-Jaeger and Hugh Stoneburner; sisters-in-law, Lucille Woodhams, Mildred Bos, Doris Schuiteboer, Beatrice Gauthier, and Beverly Gauthier; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Barber; a great granddaughter, Rachael Sue Thompson; a son-in-law, Ivan Blowers, Jr.; siblings, Kenny Stoneburner, Clinton Stoneburner, Jr., Ruth Graham, Mary Knowlton and John Stoneburner; brother-in-law, Lawrence Barber; and sisters-in-law, Lillian Stull and Marge Gilligan.

Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday at the United Methodist Church of Otsego, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Lucile may be made to the Otsego United Methodist Church-Window Restoration Fund.

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  1. Joycelyn Martin says:

    Dearest Gerald and your family —

    It is with a heavy heart that I send this message to all of you. Your wonderful Lucile was a treasure — and there are not many who could match her. We folks, down here in her Florida home, will miss her bright and smiling face more than we can express in words. Please know how much she was loved by all who knew her!

    With my love and prayers, Joycelyn Martin

  2. Dene and Linda Hadden says:

    To the Barber Family,

    We are so so sorry for your loss. Lucile was one of the most beautiful people inside and out. Her kind and loving spirit shown through in everything and to everyone’s life she touched. I was very fortunate to grow up down the street from her. My family was truly blessed to have her in our lives. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you shared with her. I know I will. Love to all.

  3. Diane & John Glessner says:

    Dear Gerald and family,

    We are so sad to hear about the passing of your sweet wife, mom and grandma. She was a living example of God’s love and kindness, always taking the time to give hugs and to tell you she loved you. We will miss her Godly spirit and are filled with praise knowing she is in the presence of Jesus waiting for you and all of us when God takes us home too. Our prayers and with you all as you share special memories and give each other the strength to carry on. God Bless. Love, Diane & John Glessner

  4. Bill & Brenda Standish says:

    Dear Gerald and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Lucile was such a sweet and wonderful lady. I know everyone will miss her greatly. Our love and prayers go out to you. Bill & Brenda

  5. Sally and Frank Gigliotti says:

    Uncle Gerald and family,
    We are so very sorry for the passing of Aunt Lucille.She was a great person and a wonderful Aunt. She was truly an inspiration to everyone who met her. She had such a caring way about her and made everyone feel loved. Her faith was very strong and I know she is in Heaven now looking over all of us. She will always have a special place in my heart. I always looked forward to her coming to Florida to hear all about the kids and grandkids. And she always had pictures.We loved her a lot. May God bless you all and give you strength in the days ahead.
    Neice Sally and Frank Gigliotti

  6. Gerry & Kay Stoneburner says:

    Uncle Gerald and family:
    We are saddened to hear of the loss of of Aunt Lucille. We know she was a faithful believer in Jesus as her Lord & Savior and took comfort in knowing Him. We loved our visits with you both and Aunt Lucille always spent time sharing with us about her lovely family, which she so loved and admired, and the extended family including much about our heritage. Her love and kindness was so much of her. She always made us feel so welcome and appreciative of visits.
    She will forever be missed by us but we are confident of a reunion in eternity with her.

  7. Crista Simmons says:

    Dear Grace, Carl, Jane and Families,
    Our prayers and sympathies to you and your families during such a difficult time. Please know that I am so very sorry. Our comfort during this time is our hope and faith in the Lord. May His comfort and love that others give you bless your hearts.
    Your mother was such a joy when she attended our piano recitals for the kids.
    God bless you.
    Love always,
    Crista and Steve Simmons

  8. Kristine Kay Holden says:

    I am so truly sorry for your loss. My prayers continue for your family in such a difficult time. Stay close to God, he will see you through. What better place than in God’s arms. Your mother is now with the very, very best and is experiencing Joy & Peace.

  9. Theresa Budzilek says:


    I am sorry for the loss of your mother. Prayers to you and your family.


  10. Deb (Greenman) Blackwood says:

    To the Bongers Family, So sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to all of you.

  11. Jackie Friar says:

    Gerald and family
    So sorry to hear about your lost, she was a joy to see come in to the eye doctor with you. She will be greatly missed.

    Jackie (kopc)

  12. Brenda & Scott Try, Daisy, Julia, Lacey & Gordon Howlind says:

    Gerald & Family,
    Sending our prayers for comfort to your family at this time in your lives. Lucile was a woman of grace, belief and truth. Your family stepped into my life as a small child at the United Methodist Church, and with that I am so appreciative for taking my hand and building fond memories of camping, canoeing, singing and rejoicing! I remember Lucile fondly as a strong christian woman, always a smile and a touch on the shoulder. Our prayers go out to each one of you. God Bless!

  13. Peggy Myland Lee says:

    To the Barber Family,

    So sorry for your loss. Lucile was a very kind and sweet lady. Our prayers are with you all.

    Peggy & Kaitlyn

  14. Gordy & Judie Farrer says:

    Gerald & family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Are prayers
    are with you.

  15. Sally (Williams) Kelley says:

    To Mrs. Barbers Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. may god comfort you through your time of grieving

  16. Greg Chamberlin says:

    The world has a bit less compassion in it now with her passing. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  17. Deb Mason says:

    Thoughts & prayers to the entire Barber Family. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories of your loved one & God’s grace.

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  19. Richard and Betty Wilson says:

    Gerald, we’re so sorry for your loss. We missed you this year in Florida at the Methodist Church. Lucile was a kind and lovely person and we will miss her. I know her loss will be felt by her entire family. We kept watching for you to come to Church but God had other plans. We hope you are doing okay and that God gives you comfort.

  20. Kim Philippus says:

    Geraldine………sorry for your loss. Thinking of you

  21. Sarah Volker-Clemens says:

    Thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers, may loving memories give you peace!

  22. Katie Richardson says:

    Gerald and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have great childhood memories of Lucile and her huge array of Christmas baked goods she would bake for my family. You were always the best neighbors and although I have not seen you in years , you are always in my heart.
    Sincerly , Katie

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