1001 Second Ave.
Rockford, IL 61104
Born: Thursday, December 18, 1919
Passed: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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Fred C. Olson Chapel
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Barbara Alice Gardner Burns
Barbara was born on December 18, 1919 in Ree Heights, South Dakota to Charles Whiting Gardner and Ruth Butler Gardner. She died peacefully in her sleep on February 15, 2017.
She is survived by her children, Patricia (Daniel) Schultz, Susan (Robert) Strini, Jeffry Burns, Paul (Heidi) Burns, and Christopher Burns; grandchildren, Max Strini, Lydia (Hannah Holmes-Robbins) Strini, Matthew (Kassi) Schultz, Alexander Burns, and Roxanna Burns; and great-granddaughters, Ryleigh Clark and Hailee Schultz. She was preceeded in death by her parents; her brother, Charles W. Gardner, Jr.; and her husband, Herbert J. Burns.
Besides her family, her passions in life were music and art. She majored in piano at Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota and played classical piano all her life. Her aunt, Margaret Gardner, was an oil and pastel artist and inspired Barbara to take up painting when her children were school age. She took painting courses through adult education in St. Louis and Rockford, and later at workshops at the Scottsdale Artists' School. Barbara became an accomplished watercolor and acrylic artist and won awards in numerous St. Louis and Rockford art shows. She made many wonderful friends who shared in her love for the arts.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. Rockford with Rev. William T. Dahlberg officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. prior to the service in Fred C. Olson Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103.