There will be a private graveside service at
Hartsburg-Emden Cemetery in Hartsburg. A celebration
of life service will be held at a later date.
Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington
Barbara “Barb” Ann Kirk of
Washington, passed away peacefully at OSF St.
Francis Medical Center in Peoria on March 21, 2020,
at 1:12 p.m. from complications of ARDS (acute
respiratory distress syndrome) due to the flu and
pneumonia. She was born on February 6, 1957, in
Lincoln, the daughter of Harry and Joanne Smith
Klokkenga. She married her high school sweetheart
Mark A. Kirk on September 16, 1978, in Emden.
Surviving are her husband, two daughters Lindsay
(Cassie) Lucchesi of Peoria, Samantha (Aaron) Bell
of Washington, her three grandchildren; Ilaunna
Bell, Lilly’Anna Bell, and Camden Bell all from
Washington. Also surviving is her sister Deb (Loren)
LaMar, mother-in-law Jean Kirk, sister-in-law Denise
(Bruce) Bartman, brother-in-law Kevin (Renelle)
Kirk, one niece and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter,
Danielle Suzanne Kirk on March 22, 1981, her parents
and her father-in-law Kenneth Kirk.
Barbara graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School
in 1975. She began working at State Farm in
Bloomington. After getting married she worked part
time as a bank teller until her first child. She
then devoted her life to raising her daughters and
was very involved in all their extra-curricular
activities such as being a Sunday School teacher,
room mom, den mother and softball mom extraordinaire
to name a few. She worked tirelessly behind the
scenes helping in whatever way she could with her
daughters, daughters’ friends and families. Everyone
knew if they ever needed anything they could come to
Barb. After her daughters grew up she worked part
time at Ragan Communications in Washington for 14
Barb was a member of Crossroads UMC in Washington.
She enjoyed reading, loving and caring for her
grandchildren, (she was a self-proclaimed “best
grandma in the world”) volunteering at vacation
bible school and attending St. Louis Cardinals games
with her husband.
The family would like to extend their thanks
and appreciation to all the nurses and doctors at OSF on the
MICU floor that helped to take care of Barb.
Due to the restrictions and isolations from
the corona pandemic in our communities right now, there will
be a private graveside service at Hartsburg-Emden Cemetery
in Hartsburg. A celebration of life service will be held at
a later date.
In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Barb, contributions can
be made to the ARDS Foundation, 3330 Dundee Rd. Suite C4
Northbrook, IL 60062 or Crossroads UMC in Washington.
Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington is assisting the
family with arrangements. To share a memory or send a
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