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
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.