Barbara A. Boyce

–  08/10/2015


Barbara A. Boyce nee Jablonski 68 of Villa park, Il. Beloved wife of William, loving mother of Maureen (Ken) Netzley, Joseph (Jody) and Mary (Ed) Deichmiller, loving grandmother of Gracie, Brenna, Jacob, Linda Beth, Maya, Brady and Erin, fond sister of Zigmunt Jablonski and Joseph (Diane) Jablonski, dear aunt and Godmother of many.

Barbara A. Boyce (Jablonski) was born on February 23, 1947, to Zenon and Felijia Jablonski. She was the middle sister of Zigmunt and Joseph. She and her siblings spent many years creating mayhem on Walton Street, running errands through the streets of Chicago, and working odd jobs (her most memorable at Wrigley’s Gum). It’s even rumored that she invented pepper spray; but it cannot be confirmed.

In the early 60’s, she met a tall, dark, and handsome man who could fix just about anything and always let her ride shot gun. He deployed to Vietnam but, not without her heart in tow. In 1968, Barbara and William were married at St. Stanislaus Kostka.Their love would flourish through long drives and a strong sense of family.

Barb and Bill moved to Villa Park to begin their family. They bought a big house that was a bit of a fixer upper and in 1974Barb gave birth to their oldestdaughter, Maureen. Three years later, Barbaraattempted to give birth at home to Joseph but thought better when the fireman cleared off the mahogany table. Finally, in 1980, her precious “tax break” Mary Kathleen was born. She was a perfect mother who couldn’t bake cookies but knew how to build a corn stalk tee pee, sew a Halloween costume, whip up a meal with “nothing” in the house, and make you feel like the center of the universe..

For over 30 years Barb zipped along the side streets of Chicago taking care of others as a memory care nurse or in an office setting. Caring for others came as second nature to her. In addition to her full time jobs, it wasn’t uncommon to find Barb providingcare to family and friends in need. Her children learned quickly to share their talented mother with a passion to care for others. It’s no wonder that all three of her kids landed jobs providing service and care to others; they learned from the best.

The best and highest use of Barb’s bountiful love and intelligence was her devotion to children and animals. Every animal sought for her attention and every baby she encountered was brilliant, gorgeous, and engaging. For Barbara – now Gramma – bliss was hobnobbing with her grandkids – Brenna and Jacob, spoiling Gracie, Linda Beth and Mya when she traveled down South, and holding Brady and Erin even just for a short time.

Barb will be forever remembered for her great advice, caring nature, healing hands, devotion to family, contagious laugh, undying faith, and love of God. But most of all she is remembered for hot chocolate and sit – upons. Rest in peace our “rock” until we see each other again.

Visitation Wednesday Aug 12, 2015 3 to 8 p.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home 350 S. Ardmore Ave, Villa Park, IL Funeral Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church 1300 N. Noble, Chicago, IL 60642. Interment Friday 10:15 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road Elwood, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Stanislaus Church appreciated. For info 630-832-4161



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