Barbara Ann (neé Jecevicus-Buchta) Goetzelman passed into God’s keeping on May 6, 2019.
She was born Nov. 19, 1947, in Waukegan, Ill., the daughter of the late Peter Albert and Barbara Ann (neé Buchta) Jecevicus. She lived in Colby, Waukegan, Ill., Kenosha and Lake Tomahawk, before settling in Antioch, Ill. On Aug. 26, 1967, she married William W. Goetzelman. Barbara worked for Northland Gardens, 3M Co., and Lasco Florist, before beginning as the secretary of the Antioch United Methodist Church in June of 1975 and retiring in 2008. She enjoyed baking bread, arranging flowers, cross stitch, crochet, reading, her yard and flowers, art, traveling, and most importantly her family. She was an accomplished amateur artist, volunteered at the Lake County Fair for years and became the art superintendent of the painting department. Barbara was a founding member of the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation, loved the outdoors, hiking, and volunteering.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; children: Sara and Stephen; a brother, Peter (Susie) Jecevicus of Colby; sisters: Janie (Terry) Smith of Verona, and Marlene (Jim) Parks of Minneapolis, Minn.; as well as many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Antioch United Methodist Church, 848 Main St. (Rte. 83) Antioch, IL 60002, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date in Wilderness Rest Cemetery, Lake Tomahawk.
In lieu of flowers, Barbara would appreciate if you would share a bouquet or plant with someone whose spirit you know needs lifting. Memorial donations are requested for the United Methodist Church Scholarship, Attn.: Barbara Goetzelman Memorial or the Lakes Region Historical Society 965 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002. Arrangements were entrusted to the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch. Please sign the online guestbook for Barbara at www.strangfh.com and view the full obituary.