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Barbara (Riggs) BOLAN

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Barbara (Riggs), age 82, of Montgomery passed peacefully New Year's Day at the Heritagespring Care Center. Born July 21, 1931, in Chicago, IL, to the late James and Delorez (Long) Riggs. A graduate of Michigan University, Barbara enjoyed a career as a flight attendant and then with Continental Can which later became Crown Cork and Seal where she served as an executive secretary. In her retirement she enjoyed her grandchildren, family, and volunteered in a local school helping young children with their reading. She was a lover of birds, animals, flowers and was an avid reader. Barbara enjoyed trout fishing with her late husband, John, whom she married in 1973. She is survived by her grandchildren, Timothy and Melissa Block, their mother, Susan Block. Nephews Robert (Robbie) and James Riggs, a sister-in-law Judy Riggs of Chicago, IL. Step-children John Bolan III, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Barbara Apking (Steve) of Knoxville, TN; Kathleen McWilliams (Harry) of Ridgewood, NJ; and Mary Beth Rusche (Terry) of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a flower garden full of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bolan, Jr., in 1993, her sons, Paul and Mark Block, and brother, Ronald Riggs. Visitation will be held at Strawser Funeral Home, 9503 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242 on Saturday, January 11th from 1 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remember Barbara with donations to the SPCA Cincinnati at 11900 Conrad Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Jan. 8, 2014
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