Barbara Jean Steinbach
Obituary –Barbara Jean Stretch Steinbach
Barbara Jean Steinbach, age 96, died of natural causes on October 13, 2020 in Lombard, IL after living 10 years at Beacon Hill. She was born in Lombard to Chauncey and Margaret (Eddy) Stretch on January 2, 1924. Barb was the second of four siblings with Marge Miller (Gene), Marilyn Buschman (Fred), and James (Judy) Stretch.
Loving wife of the late Albert F. Steinbach, they were married March 1, 1947 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Villa Park, where she was active in Dorcas Guild. She and Al started Elmhurst Television Service in 1949, which supported their family of four sons for many years. Barb and Al were proud that all four sons went to college and married wonderful women—finally after years of a house of sons, Barb had four special daughters! They were proud that all sons worked at the family business and two sons, Fred and Larry, took it over and expanded it.
Barb and Al loved to host large family Thanksgiving, Christmas and summer picnic gatherings at their home in Villa Park. They wanted all 35+ to be at one table, so connecting ping pong tables crossed the basement. Barb and Al kept busy with their four sons’ Boy Scout events, concerts, softball games, Bob’s gymnastic and circus events and many games in their backyard. Then they started babysitting grandchildren and attended their concerts, plays, and sports. She had 15 great-grandchildren.
Barb was active throughout her life with many family activities and friends. They joined Peace Lutheran Church, Lombard in 1989 where she participated in the women’s Bible Study group. She was a founding member of DuPage County Homemakers (69 years!) and active in West Suburban Quilters for many years making quilts for the family, friends, and charity. She loved going to the Paducah Quilting Convention and other quilt shows to see the amazing new equipment, fabulous designs, and buy more fabric!
Barb and Al loved to travel with the Television Association and friends on many trips including Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, and Alaska. Special memories included seeing penguins at the southern tip of South America, visiting Chuck in Japan, and his family in Hong Kong, China (twice!). She enjoyed calling friends to offer a ride to doctor appointments and errands.
Barb moved to Beacon Hill, Lombard in 2010 and quickly became an “ambassador” and made many new friends. She even won a WII bowling tournament and found humor in it as bowling had been Al’s Friday night activity for many years. Recently she enjoyed looking at many photo albums of her travels and family gatherings. Many BH staff remember Barb’s reply to, “How are you today?” by cheerfully saying “Lazy” after years of a busy life and now slowing down. She also enjoyed asking friends, staff and family questions to stimulate conversation such as where they grew up, were they married, how many children did they have and especially, “Where are you going on your next vacation?”
Barb is survived by her four sons, Fred (Mary), Chuck (Deb), Bob (Sandy) and Larry (Pam); 9 grandchildren: Sarah, Nancy Higgins (Steve), Susan Boonstra (Cal), Andrew (Crystal), Raychel, Steve (Crystal), Jenny Lamplot (Andy), Kathy Cochrane (Josh), and David: 15 great-grandchildren: Austin and Lista Higgins, Lillian, Calvin, and Annabelle Boonstra, Margaret and Clara Steinbach, Dallaire Lauen, Ryan and Danny O’Malley, Chase and Jaxon Steinbach, Bennett Lamplot, Chloe and Olivia Cochrane; her brother James Stretch.
As a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, she will be sorely missed. She brought joy and love to our lives. May she rest now in the glorious company of our Savior Jesus Christ.
. In lieu of flowers memorials too Peace Lutheran Church are appreciated https://peacehome.org/giving/
The funeral service will be private. Steuerle Funeral Home is making the arrangements. Information can be found and condolences may be offered by visiting
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