Sibylle Jahrreiss Barlow, of Concord, passed away peacefully at home on April 24th, 2021 surrounded by love from family and caregivers. Sibylle was born on March 20th, 1927 in Munich, Germany to Dr. Walter Jahrreiss and Dr. Lotte Rosenstock Jahrreiss. In 1936, the family moved to Baltimore and joined Park Street Friends Meeting (later Stony Run). Sibylle graduated from Oberlin College in 1948. She met John S. Barlow at meetings of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Baltimore and they were married at Stony Run Meeting on August 14th, 1950. They lived in Chapel Hill, NC., Boston, Cambridge, Acton and in Concord since 1964. Sibylle was a passionate activist for peace and reconciliation in her own calm, persistent, Quakerly way. She was a member of Acton Friends Meeting, Concord Prison Outreach, Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council, the Friday peace vigil in Concord Center and Communities for Restorative Justice. In later years, she continued her activism from home through contributions to numerous charities and political causes. She loved to read, diligently watched PBS in the evenings, approached everything with optimism and greeted everyone with a smile. Sibylle exemplified her unshakable faith in the goodness of people and inspired many others to do the same. She was preceded by husband John, son Thomas W. Barlow and niece Nancy Boyette. Survivors include sister Ricarda Didisheim of Washington, DC. (husband Paul), son Robert S. Barlow of Livermore, CA., daughter Lisa K. Barlow of Boulder, CO., six grandchildren (lan of Georgia, Jason, Alec and Julia of California, Zebediah and Elijah of Colorado), two great-granddaughters (Layla and Sanaya), cousin Walther Jahrreiss of Homburg, Germany, nieces and nephews Melinda Jawadekar, Peter Didisheim, Andrea Didisheim, Virginia Ferguson, David Barlow and Wesley Barlow. Memorial service to be announced. Donations in her memory may be made to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless, 780 Albany St., Boston, MA. 02118. www.bhchp.org/make-gift
or Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL. 36104. splcenter.org/support-us
Arrangements are under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, Concord Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, Concord. To share a memory or to offer a condolence, please visit: www.concordfuneral.com
Published by The Concord Journal from Apr. 26 to Apr. 29, 2021.