Barbara Rose
1938 - 2017
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Rose, Barbara Age 79, passed away July 14, 2017, in Chicago.She was born in Chicago in 1938 to Dan and Louise Goldman, and grew up in Chicago and Michigan City, Indiana, with her brothers, Dan, Larry, and David. Her parents, both community activists, passed along their passion for social justice and love of family. She attended Purdue University and obtained a BA in sociology and a masters in social work. She had a mult-faceted work career, from being the Dean of Student Activities at Purdue, vice president of operations of a national cleaning company, and from 1988 to 2010, the president of S.N. Peck, Builder, a partnership with her husband. Barbara is survived by her husband of forty years, Neil Peck; her daughters, Ellen Hundt, Marcia Jo Hundt, Gerilee Hundt, and Tammy Kassak; and her grandchildren, Melissa Lijewski, Kyle Hundt Perez, Lelia Rose Rodgers-Young, and Max Hardwick; grandchildren; and great grandchildren of her extended family; and myriad friends all over the planet whose lives she touched. Barbara contributed to social justice causes her entire life. Starting as a young girl with her parents she worked for racial justice in Chicago. In the 1960s, she marched the last Selma March into Montgomery. In the late 60s, she worked with the National Welfare Rights to organize welfare mothers in Michigan City, Indiana. Most recently she was involved with the Chicago Foundation for Women, Girls in the Game, The Hunger Project, Bright Promises Foundation, and Angelic Organics. She championed the rights of women and girls in Chicago, and also in India and Africa. She was a champion to all the women and girls in her life. The funeral will be private, but a memorial service will be held in August. Instead of flowers, please make a donation to any of the organizations noted above or Planned Parenthood.

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jul. 16, 2017.
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August 7, 2017
I was saddened to learn Barbara passed away. She was an inspiring woman and she will be sorely missed by many. May wonderful memories and times bring peace and comfort to you, Neil and to each of her loved ones; family & friends. Deepest sympathies. Jane Miller
Jane Miller
July 18, 2017
Marcia, Lelia and family, Gordon and I are so sorry for your loss. Didn't know your mom well, but we did have a fun time when she came to surprise you in New Orleans for your shower.

Sending love and light to you all at this hard time.

Linda and Gordon
July 18, 2017
Neil, we are so sorry for your loss. We send our heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathy to you and your family. May Barbara rest in peace. Rikke & Bob
Rikke Vognsen
July 17, 2017
A wonderful lady and an inspiration to so many. Having worked with Barbara at Case, we will always remember her smile and kind words. May Barbara's legacy live on.
Dan and Colleen Zoubek
July 17, 2017
Barbara and Neil restored our beautiful house, and everyday we realize how lucky we are to have had the good fortune of knowing two wonderful people who loved and supported each other .

We will miss you Barbara.

Love Peter and Paula Ellis
Peter Ellis
July 17, 2017
Barbara contributed to every place and every person she encountered. I will miss her hospitality, wit, wisdom and kindness. A great spirit has left us, but her work goes on!
Maura Junius
July 17, 2017
I had the pleasure of working with Barbara in her capacity as a volunteer for Angelic Organics Learning Center, and so appreciated her insights and dedication. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Neil, and your family at this difficult time.
Corinne Henry
July 17, 2017
Addressing the crowd at Chicago Foundation for Women's 26th Annual Luncheon.
To Neil and family,

So very sorry for your loss. Barbara was certainly one of the good ones! Her tireless commitment to women and girls as well as social justice is a model for all to follow.

Linda and Jani
Linda Wagner
July 16, 2017
Neil please accept our deepest sympathies for the passing of dear Barbara. May the God of all comfort be with you and the family during this difficult time. 1 Peter 5:6,7
FG Rich
July 16, 2017
Such a great lady and friend! Great boss, always there to help you through the bumpy times. Barbara you are greatly missed. May I see you in the resurrection.
Bonnie Henke
July 16, 2017
We are privileged to have known Barbara, who made so many positive differences in the world. A rare human being with unflagging enthusiasm for her causes who still had so much love and time for her family. We offer condolences to Neil, her children and grandchildren. Deb and Cody E.
S. Cody Engle
July 15, 2017
I enjoyed having met Barbara, and I enjoyed having known her, to the extent that I did.

But privately, and always, I also felt that Barbara must have been an incredible person to have imbued each of her daughters with such measures of intelligence and insight; of the value of direct experience; above all, of the pure joy to be found in living life fully.

I have to admit, however: it was not until I read her biography, here, that I knew the extent to which of all this was true...

My deepest condolences at this very deep loss.
Dale Swanson
July 15, 2017
Barb and her girls
What a gorgeous, wonderful woman. Barb and her spirit were large as life. The best of people are too often gone too soon.
Our deepest condolences.
Rhonda Weaver
July 15, 2017
Barb with Neil & Marcia
July 15, 2017
Gerilee, I am sure, from knowing you, that I have missed someone wonderful by not having known her.
Mrrzy Votaw
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