Barbara L. Wyman (nee Kuhn), 90, died on Sept. 11, 2018 in her Oak Park home, surrounded by her family. Born in Detroit on July 13, 1928, she and her husband, Doug, moved their family to Oak Park and to Ascension Parish 54 years ago. A woman of deep faith and commitment to social justice, she dedicated much of her life to different ministries in the Church and outside of it, and helping to create a more just and peaceful world. She was an early champion of the Christian Family Movement and the PADS homeless program (now Housing Forward).
Among her amazing friends and parish community, she was known for her welcoming friendship, gentle strength, and lovely smile. She would say her most important role was being a parent, and she was a strong advocate for all children, including those needing a loving home, many of whom lived at times with the Wyman family. Her greatest joy was her husband, Doug, the love of her life and her devoted partner. Together, they created an extraordinary example of the power of unconditional love.
Barbara Wyman was the wife of Douglas J.; the mother of David (Danita), Larry (the late Laura), Mark, Jim (Joy), Mary (Bruce Corson), Ann (Dale Amtower), Joe (Katy), John, and Gerald (Krista) Wyman; the grandmother of Melissa, Alisha, Amanda, Chris, Dylan, Nick, Samantha, Daniel, Kathleen, Mila, Tesla, Terry, Sophie and Paul; great-grandmother of 14; sister of Leo (Marlene), George (Betty) Kuhn and the late Bernard (Elide), the late John, and the late Kay Kuhn; and the aunt, great-aunt, godmother and friend of many.
Her family is deeply grateful for all of the generous and loving friends and, especially, her skilled and dedicated caregivers who accompanied her through her 15-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease.
Barbara’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9:45 a.m. at Oak Park’s Ascension Church, 801 S. East Ave., followed by private interment. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org or to Housing Forward, www.housingforward.org.
Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 708-383-3191 and www.drechslerbrownwilliams.com.