Barbara B. Dean
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Barbara B. Dean

Barbara B. Dean, age 86, beloved wife of Donald for over 67 years; loving mother of Patrick (Ruth), Peggy (Lee) Luckey, Kevin (Holly), and Katie (John) Kozielek; proud grandmother of Jordan, Colleen, Caelan, Michael, Colin, Kevin, Julia, Katherine, and Michaela all of whom were an immense source of joy for Barbara; cherished daughter of the late James and the late Mary Elizabeth Bradley; dear sister of the late Robert.

Ever the city girl, Barbara sought to instill her love of Chicago in her children, grandchildren and visitors. An annual summer outing with her young children was a day at Wrigley Field, followed by a foot-long hot dog at Lum's in Old Town, then a quick cool-off in Lake Michigan before the ride back to the suburbs. Overnight outings with the grandkids at her Old Town condo with rides on the city buses. Bike riding along the lakefront, attending plays and music and maintaining a long-standing subscription to Steppenwolf Theatre with her friends were a few of her many city-loving activities.

She was very active throughout her life. She was an avid tennis player for many years, took belly-dancing lessons and became a teacher, then moved her love of dance to Flamenco dancing.

The one constant in Barbara's life was her deep and active faith. Barbara built her life on her Catholic faith, through a life-long exhibit of time, talent, and treasure. Barbara was the epitome of a "church lady" and sincerely treasured her parish friends with whom she prayed and served the church community.

Services have been held.

Arrangements handled by Gibbons Funeral Home, Elmhurst. 630-832-0018 or

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Published in Suburban Life Publications on Nov. 15, 2019.
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November 18, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Barbara, she lived a full life and will be missed by many. May the father of tender mercies and all comfort strengthen you as you grieve your loss.
November 15, 2019
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Gibbons Family
November 11, 2019
We extend our deep sympathy to all who mourn the passing of Barbara. She was a bright star during our years at St. Joseph's in Addison. She did us favors suggesting reliable tradesmen and soliciting sponsors for booths at the church summer fest. But most of all we cherish her friendship, her upbeat attitudes which brought joy into our lives whenever we encountered her. Beautiful memories.
Marion and Mary Kay Reis
November 11, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was a wonderful and caring person. I felt she was a second mother to me and we spent many memorable times together. Barbara will always be in my heart.
Tom Kennedy
November 10, 2019
November 9, 2019
I truly cherish all memories I have of Barb. We had many conversations around movies and the theatre. She always had a big hug, and a great laugh, which brought a smile to my face. Memories of her will always bring joy to my heart.

Desi Rohling
November 8, 2019
Love and prayers for this fabulous lady!
Lots of love the Skvarnas
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