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Josephine Barbier

Place of birth: Chicago

Religious affiliation: Catholic

Forever remembered in our hearts.

Josephine Agnes Barbier (nee Nowak) age 99, of St. John, IN passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015. She was born in Chicago on February 24, 1916 to John and Agnes Nowak and lived for over 60 years in the Hegewisch area. She is survived by her three daughters: Lucille (late Richard) Stefanik, Joyce (Jerry Spohn) McClellan, and Annette (Drew Browning) Barbier and her loving sister Helen Christensen. Also survived by six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren and other loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis, sister Mary Ann Steele, and grandsons Rick and Bob Stefanik, and Chad McClellan.
Josephine was a dressmaker and master craftsman who specialized in designing wedding gowns. In later years she worked at Edward C. Minas Company and Rosalee’s in the alterations department. She was active in her community and many senior citizen organizations. Josephine was a longtime parishioner of St. Columba Church. Friends may meet with the family on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. until time of Memorial Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church Day Chapel 11301 W. 93rd Ave. St. John.
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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Hospice of the Calumet Area or Humane Society of the Calumet area preferred.
The family wishes to thank the staffs of Dyer Nursing and Rehab and Hospice of the Calumet Area and a special thanks to Josephine’s dear friend and caregiver Margo Mendez.
Arrangements entrusted to Elmwood Funeral Chapel, St. John. For additional information: 219-365-3474 or – See more at:

Funeral Notice Detail

A Memorial Service will be held at

St. John the Evangelist Church Day Chapel 11301 W. 93rd Ave. St. John.


On: Apr 10, 2015 — At: 11:00 AM

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  • Annette Barbier On

    One Kiss

    My mother always seemed like a mystery to me, and although there were a few secrets that she actually divulged, I am still left wondering about many of the experiences that made her who she was. From Peter Pan and Wendy, by JM Barrie, about Mrs. Darling: “She was a lovely lady, with a romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth. Her romantic mind was like the tiny boxes, one within the other, that come from the puzzling East, however many you discover there is always one more; and her sweet mocking mouth had one kiss on it that Wendy could never get, though there it was, perfectly conspicuous in the right-hand corner.” Those small mysteries were mostly apparent when, in the midst of a sewing order in her workshop in the basement, she would stop her work and read to me: Hans Christian Andersen, Pinocchio, or The Poky Little Puppy. Josephine was a loving mother, and a wonderful role model who was diligent, dedicated to her craft, and a perfectionist. her daughter, Annette


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