MENDOTA — Barbara Ann Joerger, 80, of Mendota, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, in her home with her children by her side.
Barbara was born Sept. 9, 1933, in Mendota to Carl and Irene (Dodd) Austin. She married Robert Joerger May 4, 1957, in Holy Cross Church, Mendota. She graduated from Mendota High School and was a member of Holy Cross Church in Mendota. She had several jobs in Mendota, but she will be most remembered for her selfless love and devotion to her family, who she always put before herself. She was an excellent cook and seamstress, enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling with her husband, and had a special love and concern for animals.
She is survived by her six children, Leo Joerger of rural Princeton, Connie (Tom) Pratt of Roscoe, Pam (Gary) Rogde of Steward, Susan (Roy) Delhotal of West Brooklyn, Karole (Doug) Frey of Mendota and Joanne (Mike) Maciewjewski of Fletcher, N.C.; 13 grandchildren, Samantha Specht, Adam Pratt, Angela Haws, Gerod and Rose Rogde, Jeffrey, David and Sarah Delhotal, Korinne, Lauren and Cody Frey, and Joshua and Brianna Maciejewski; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Donna (Jerry) Maupin of Naperville; many nieces and nephews; and her three special cats, Buddy, Daisy and Tony.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; three sisters, Mary Hitchcock, Pauline Seeck and Helen Bell; and five brothers, Donald, John, Virgil and Carl, and Harold in infancy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at Holy Cross Church, Mendota, with the Rev. Fredi Gomez-Torres officiating. A rosary service will be at 9 a.m., with visitation following until 10:45 a.m. at the Schwarz Funeral Home in Mendota. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Mendota.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and Darwin Austin.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's name can be made to the Friends of Strays animal shelter, 2845 N. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356.
Online condolences may be left at www.schwarzfuneral.com.