Funeral Details

Barbara Weisman

October 26, 1935 - June 3, 2024


Date and Time

Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 10:30 AM


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Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Westlawn Cemetery
7801 West Montrose Avenue
Norridge, Illinois 60706
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Reid Residence
1130 Morgan Street
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
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Memorial Contributions

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, Illinois 60022
Lincoln Park Zoo
75 Remittance Drive, Dept# 92085
Chicago, Illinois 60675-2085


Barbara Weisman, age 88, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2024. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Norbert Weisman; her daughters, Randy Reid Doane (Joseph Abram) and Ellen Weisman Strenger; and her five grandchildren, Rachel and Jeffrey Reid, and Jennifer, Larry, and Sara Strenger.

Barbara was a woman with incredible energy and spirit and strong opinions who lived her life to the fullest until it was slowly stolen away by Alzheimer’s Disease. Before her illness, Barbara loved traveling the world, gardening, spending time with her many friends and family, especially her grandchildren, as well as volunteering for the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Lincoln Park Zoo.

Barbara grew up in Chicago with parents Pauline and David Henry and her brother Chuck, all of blessed memory. She was extremely intelligent and skipped many grades, graduating from Von Steuben high school in 1952. She went to work as a secretary and started taking some college classes. Within a few years she met and fell in love with Norbert, who she met at a dance in Chicago.

Barbara soon had two baby girls. She delighted in her young children and initially devoted herself to being the perfect homemaker, sewing beautiful clothes and cooking delicious meals for her family. Then, in the 1960s, her life was transformed by the feminist movement, which she fervently embraced. Determined to have a career of her own, she went back to school, sometimes with her children in tow, and earned her college degree in teaching in 1970. Barbara also raised her girls to be fiercely and fearlessly independent. Her daughters still remember dancing around the living room to Helen Reddy songs like “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar,” which was played so often that they memorized the lyrics.

After becoming a teacher, Barbara began working at King Lab elementary school in Evanston, Illinois. She went on to pioneer the use of classroom computer technology in the Evanston schools and to serve as a negotiator for the teachers’ union. Along the way, she also became an avid tennis player, the leader of a highly successful investment club, a jewelry maker, and a passionate devotee of healthy eating way before it was “a thing.”

In retirement, Barbara delighted in her grandchildren, relishing all opportunities to babysit. She loved having them visit her while she served as a volunteer at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Her granddaughters also loved to play with Grandma’s bead collection, and Barbara showed the girls how to make necklaces and bracelets.

For the last 15 years of her life, Barbara was afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, which grew progressively worse over time. She and her husband moved from their longtime home in Skokie to an assisted living facility in Northbrook, and Norbert made caring for Barbara the center of his life. He insisted upon being Barbara’s primary caregiver until the couple reached their mid-80s, when the burden was simply too much for him. Subsequently, they were blessed with some wonderful caregivers.

After seeing Barbara slip away over the past 15 years from Alzheimer’s, her family is happy that she is now at peace and that they are finally be able to remember and celebrate the incredible human being that she was for most of her life. The legacy she left behind through her strong will, intelligence, deeply held commitment to justice and equality, and determination to break through barriers for women lives on through Barbara’s daughters, grandchildren, and the many people she touched throughout her life.

Services Thursday, 10:30 AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Rd) Skokie. Interment Westlawn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chicago Botanic Garden, or the Lincoln Park Zoo, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Condolences to the family of Barbara, especially her husband Norbert. I was blessed to know this wonderful lady, having spent vacations and many repasts with her and Norbert. The world will be a lonelier place without her.

Wally Cwik
June 5, 2024
Barb was a wonderful teacher to my children, always looking for ways to go beyond the normal curriculum. I was fortunate to work with her as a parent volunteer teaching math enrichment to small groups of her students. She was very instrumental in encouraging me to take a teaching position in computer science when an opportunity opened at Nichols Middle School. Two years later, I transferred to King Lab where I became a colleague of hers teaching math and computer.
I am so sad to hear that she ended up with Alzheimer’s disease. She was so vibrant before that it must have been devastating to the family. May your memories of her give you peace.

Susan Flank
June 11, 2024
I taught alongside Barb in the math labs at Dawes School in Evanston. She was a joy to work with and an inspiration as well as a role model for her fellow teachers. I’m very sad to hear of her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. I know she was surrounded by loved ones.

The loving memorial here is a wonderful and touching tribute to Barbara. I was glad to learn more of her life and the remarkable mark she left on those around her.

Susan Jicha
June 11, 2024