Barbara Ann Bradford
Born: February 20, 1946 in DeKalb, IL
Died: April 15, 2021 in Genoa, IL
Barbara Ann Bradford, 75, passed away April 15th, 2021 in her home in Genoa, IL from a brief butbrave battle with cancer.
She was born February 20, 1946 in DeKalb, IL to Ira and Hazel Plager. Barbara grew up in DeKalband in high school met Gene Bradford from Genoa, IL. They dated and attended his Senior Promtogether in 1964. After graduating from DeKalb High School she graduated from Rockford MemorialHospital School of Nursing in 1967. She and Gene were married on June 15, 1968. They moved toGenoa in 1971.
Barb was a homemaker, babysitter, Sunday school teacher and Girl Scout Troop Leader thru the1980's. When Gene owned Gene's Market in Genoa, Barb operated the tangent bakery.
She was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church of Genoa, P.E.O, and volunteer forlocal organizations including the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society and Genoa Public Library.
Barb always had a baking, gardening or sewing project in her hands. She enjoyed making cakes andpies and spending time with her friends in the community and visits with her family. Since retirementin 2005 she and Gene enjoyed exploring the world with tropical vacations and fall driving toursaround Lake Michigan. However she was often just as content close to home with a good antiquesfair and Midwestern pot luck dinner.
Barb is survived by her loving spouse of 52 years, Gene Bradford of Genoa; daughters and theirspouses, Cherie and Rich Kraft of West Chicago, and Kris and Ken LaCerda of Chicago; fourgrandchildren: Cassidy Kraft of West Chicago, Elliot Kraft of New Brunswick NJ, Benicio andAugustus LaCerda both of Chicago. She is survived also by her two brothers and their spousesRobert and Elaine Plager of Naples, FL and Gary and Jan Plager of Golden Valley MN., as well assister-in-law Ruth Ann Cronin with spouse Barry Cronin of Ft. Meyers Fla. Barbara has four niecesand one nephew.
She is preceded in death by her parents Ira and Hazel Plager.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
A memorial fund will be established at Faith United Methodist Church in Genoa in care of the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main St., Genoa, IL. 60135.
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Published by Daily-Chronicle from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2021.