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Barbara E. Gruber

December 12th, 1931 – December 3rd, 2019

Barbara E. Gruber, 87, of Farmington, IL passed away at 3:47 am on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Unity Point Health Methodist in Peoria. She was born on December 12, 1931 in Ipava, IL the daughter of Lloyd and Mettie (Groff) Shawgo. Barbara married Gerald Gruber on April 13, 1952 in Norfolk, VA. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2014.

Also preceding her in death are 2 sons, Timothy and Thomas Gruber, 4 brothers, Bernard, Everett, Dwayne, and Paul, and her sister, Freida Endres.

Survivors include her 2 sons, Roger (and Cynthia) Gruber of Galveston, TX and Larry Gruber of Hanna City, IL, 2 daughters, Amy Middleton of Louisville, KY and Susie Spackman of St. Charles, IL, 9 grandchildren, Curtis Gruber, Cinnamon (and William) Belinski, Corey (and Jason) Strunk, Cassidy (and Jake) Crow, Paige Middleton, Allyson Middleton, Madison Middleton, Sarah Pearl Spackman and Jack Spackman, 11 great-grandchildren and her sister, Faith Foster of Springfield.

Barbara was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church, where she was active in the food pantry and church bazaars. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cooking and reading. She made holidays and birthdays very special for her family. She always attended activities that her children and grandchildren participated in.

Services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Farmington United Methodist Church. Pastor Jason Gilmore and Pastor Wally Carlson will be officiating. A visitation will take place from 10 am to 12 noon on Friday at the church. Interment will be in the Astoria, Cemetery in Astoria, IL. Memorials may be made to the Farmington United Methodist Church.


December 4th, 2019

The Gain family sends condolences. My mother was her early morning walking partner for some time, many years ago. --Leroy

December 5th, 2019

Sending love and prayers. Heaven received a very special angel. Love, Bob and Mickey

December 5th, 2019

Sorry for your loss. Prayers. Reno

December 5th, 2019

What a very sweet lady. So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for peace and comfort. George Pulliam

December 5th, 2019

Dear Amy and Girls, We so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. We know it brings comfort to know she is with our Lord! Keeping you all in our prayers💕.
Kathy and Mike Kaufling

December 5th, 2019

So sorry to hear this. She was one special lady that became a friend in such a short time.

December 6th, 2019

So sorry for your loss Amy. I hope you find comfort in all your wonderful memories

December 17th, 2019

Deepest condolences to all of Barbara's family, and to her sister Faith. We were neighbors to the Shawgos east of Vermont years ago, and my siblings grew up with Barbara and her siblings. My sister Maxine Leezer was a good friend of Barbara's and they kept in touch. Sincere sympathy from all the Cox Family (Cheryl Cox Matteson)