Obituaries

Katherine "Kathie" Barker

December 23, 1945 - October 4, 2021

Katherine Barker 4Some people are defined by their occupation. Some are defined by their mission. Some are defined by the impact they had on family, friends, and even those who will never know the impact that was made on their lives. Kathie Barker—dearly loved mother, sister, aunt, cousin, daughter, and friend—was a person whose mission and occupation were one and the same—to save lives. A neo-natal nurse for more than 30 years—first in New York City, then in New Jersey at Elizabeth General Medical Center—Kathie saved hundreds of premature babies since the early 1980s. One such baby was little Jimmy Moore. Because of Kathie’s wisdom and quick action, Jimmy Moore is a man in his 30s today living a wonderful life.Katherine Barker 2

Kathie was born in the small town of Wallingford, CT, in 1945, and enjoyed a quiet but active New England life in the 1950s, with trips to Maine to visit her aunt and uncle’s place in the summertime. Her wide-ranging interests included botany, language and grammar, animals (especially cats), and geography and travel. When the family moved to NYC in 1960, Kathie attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, the school that Barbra Streisand had graduated from just before Kathie started as a freshman. Kathie was a baton-twirler in the school band and made lots of friends.

Over the years, Kathie loved to take road trips and traveled all the way from Montreal, Canada to Florida and across the country to Colorado. One day, because we all wanted to move away from NYC, she decided to move the family to Colorado Springs, where we lived for one year. She moved us to New Jersey after that, because an opportunity came up in Elizabeth General Medical Center, where she worked until she retired. At that point, her sister and daughter were living in Chicagoland, so Kathie moved to Illinois to be near them and said it was the best move she ever made. She loved the Fox Valley area and spoke fondly of Batavia, St. Charles, and Geneva.

Katherine Barker 3A strong woman who stood up fiercely for what she believed in, worked hard to meet every challenge, and never let anything get her down or get in her way, Kathie was the backbone of the Babick/Barker Family, supporting her children, parents, and sisters; solving problems; and generally taking care of everything. Her mind was always sharp and precise—very few people are blessed with a memory like the one she had—she remembered things about people, places, things, and history like an encyclopedia.

We will remember Kathie as a caring person who not only influenced her own family, but as a person who impacted and influenced countless others.

A private service was held at Moss Family Funeral Home followed by a private committal service and burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Geneva, IL. 

Well done, good and faithful servant…enter the joy of your Lord.”Katherine Barker 1

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