Barbara Schamberg Strauss Cowan Herst, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep April 6, 2021, surrounded by family members. Born in Highland Park, Illinois to Morton G. and Katharine S. Schamberg, Barbara was married three times, first to John L. Strauss, Sr. with whom she had two children; subsequently she was married to Kenneth Cowan (d. 1989) and to James T. Herst (d. 2018). She is also predeceased by her sister Kate Shapiro. Barbara attended Bard College and the Illinois Institute of Technology studying interior design. She practiced interior design professionally for many years, and was a member of ASID, following in the footsteps of her mentor, her aunt Mabel Schamberg. Barbara was a generous patron of the arts, supporting the Writers Theater of The North Shore, Ravinia Festival, and the Chicago Botanic Garden among other venues. Barbara is survived by her two children John (Carisa Marie) Strauss and Patricia (David) Strauss Casden, step-children Bruce (Jodi) Herst, Jan Cowan Phillipsborn and Judy (Marty) Cooper; three granddaughters, nine step grandchildren, and six step great-grandchildren. A private family service is planned for Friday April 9 at Rosehill Cemetery and the family will not be observing shiva because of concerns for Covid-19. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's name may be made to Writers Theatre, www.writerstheatre.org
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Apr. 8, 2021.