Barbara Jean Herberger (nee Dunklau), 81, died peacefully Friday, May 17, 2013 at her home at Abbewood, after a long struggle with the neurological disease PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). Barbara was born July 11, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of George and Mary Dunklau.
Barbara enjoyed expressing her artistic talent through sewing, knitting, needlework and most recently quilting. She pursued her sewing and needlework through her children’s hand smocked clothing line, Children Classics. She was also actively involved in the Methodist Quilting Group. Barbara thoroughly enjoyed the game of bridge, whether it was with family or friends, she had played since High School. She was an avid reader belonging to two book clubs, The 95 Club and a local group in Wellington. Barbara volunteered for the Lorain County Dental Auxiliary, bringing dental education into schools. Barbara was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elyria.
In 1954 Barbara married the love of her life, the late Dr. Robert J. Herberger. Upon his completion of Orthodontics school they moved to Elyria. Barbara was a loving and kind Mother and homemaker to their seven children.
Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Robert J. Herberger; sister, Mary (late Kenneth) Fitzgerald; brothers, Gerald (late Marion) and James (late Ann) Dunklau; brother-in-law, Thomas (Brother Alban) Herberger; and sister-in-law, Judith Herberger.
Barbara is survived by her children, Ruthann (Eric) Volcheff, Margaret (Kevin) Hluch, Thomas (Joanie) Herberger, Michael (Eva) Herberger, Ellen (Stuart) Saddler, Laura (Aldo) Goilo and Ann (Peter) O’Connor; her grandchildren, Lauren and Jenna Volcheff, Kendra Chong and Mathew Hluch, Abby and Cory Herberger, Batu Kavabulut, Sarah, Stephen, Michael and Natalie Saddler, Emma, Jack and Sam Goilo, Claire, Peter and Jack O’Connor; sister, Dorothy (Phil) Broderick and Ruth (late Glen) Tobin; brother, Robert (Carole) Dunklau; sister-in-law, Mary (Chuck) Merrill; brothers-in-law, John (Carole) Herberger and James (late Judy) Herberger.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 Noon, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at St. Mary Church, 320 Middle Ave., Elyria, where the family will receive friends in the Fr. Joseph Weigand Room at St. Mary Church from 10 A.M. until time of Mass (please meet at the church). Rev. Fr. Charles T. Diedrick, Pastor, will be the Celebrant. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Wellington.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to CUREPSP, 30 E. Padonia Road – Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093-2308, (800) 457-4777.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elyria, (440) 322-4626.