Barbara “Barb” Jean Strasemeier, 76

Barbara “Barb” Jean Strasemeier, 76, of Dixon, Ill., died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Ill. 

She was a teacher at Madison-Grant Jr. High in Fairmount, for 42 years, prior to her retirement.

Barbara was born April 15, 1942, in Wabash, the daughter of Kenneth and Helen (Kline) Watson.  She married David “Dave” Ernest Strasemeier on June 5, 1965.

Barbara earned her master’s degree in education.  She was a member of Lighthouse Methodist Church in Oregon and was a member and past secretary of the Dixon Women’s Garden Club.

Barbara is survived by her husband, David “Dave” Strasemeier of Dixon; a son, Scott (Kristen) Strasemeier of Annapolis, Md.; a daughter, Michelle (Giao) Nguyen of Pingree Grove; a brother, William (Lynn) Watson of Wabash; and three grandchildren, Alexis, Kai, and Alana Nguyen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Carol Closser.

Visitation will be from 2 – 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Lighthouse Methodist Church in Oregon, followed by a 4:00 p.m., funeral service, at the church with the Rev. Choi Chan, pastor, officiating.  To honor Barb please wear Navy apparel, blue and gold, to her services.

Burial will be at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Roann Community Cemetery in Roann. 

In lieu of flowers, checks may be made to the ALS Association of Greater Chicago, 20 W. Huron St. No. 4003, Chicago, IL 60654 and write Barb’s Brigade in the memo line.

Arrangements are being completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.

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Posted on 2018 May 10