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Barbara A. Cook
(10-09-1931 - 05-14-2019)

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Barbara Ann (Schlichting) Cook, 87, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Born on October 9, 1931 in Oak Park, Illinois, she was the daughter of Henry and Marie (Pupo) Schlichting.

Barbara received her RN from Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Medical Center in 1952. She continued working in the field of nursing for nearly 60 years, retiring from Shah Medical Center of Elgin in 2011. She married Jack E. Cook in 1956.

Barbara was a devoted wife, sister, mother, and grandmother. She was the strong wind beneath the wings of her family. She enjoyed watching sports of all varieties. Her joy was watching her children and grandchildren play hockey and volleyball, and she was an avid Blackhawks and Cubs fan.

Barbara is survived by her three children, Mari Gathman, Tom (Michelle) Cook, and Stacey (Ron) Jakes; her grandchildren, Jonathon (Chris) Gathman, Thomas (Kelly) Gathman, Martha (Tyler) Sarsfield, Nic Cook, Zachary Cook, Chris Klaczek, Jon Klaczek, and Brian Klaczek; her great-grandchildren, Liam Sarsfield, T.J. Gathman, and Libby Gathman; her brothers, Robert (Julia) Schilling and Arthur Schlichting; and her sister, Jean Drew.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, and grandson, Jay D. VanBuren.

Visitation will be held at Elgin Evangelical Free Church, 1900 Big Timber Road, Elgin, Illinois, on Thursday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the wonderful life of Barbara Cook. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Elgin Evangelical Free Church or the Forest Preserve District of Kane County (Jack E. Cook Park and Forest Preserve).

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