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Barbara J Forbish

May 27, 1953 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Barbara Forbish Obituary

Barbara J. Forbish, 70, died peacefully while sleeping on January 29, 2024.

Barb was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Forbish on March 15, 2017, her daughter, Jennifer M. Morris on December 6, 2020, and her niece-in-law, Lisa (Blee) Campbell on March 28, 1994. Barb is survived by her son Larry (Katie) Forbish of Roanoke, VA, daughter Tricia Forbish of Janesville, WI, and son-in-law Scott Morris of Darien, WI. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chris (Diana) Morris of Woodstock, IL, Ashley Morris of Delavan, WI, Alex Morris of Darien, WI, Vanessa Morris of Woodstock, IL, Katelyn Forbish of Richmond, VA, and Gabrielle Forbish of Destin, FL. Barb is also survived by her sister-in-law Sylvia (Dick) Blee of Pisgah Forest, NC, nephew-in-law Bob (Patricia) Blee and their children Charlie and Maddy of San Mateo, CA, and great nieces-in-law Sarah and Morgan and their families.

Barb was born in Texas on May 27, 1953 to William E. and Betty J. (Schneider) Britt. She grew up in Woodstock, IL and was for a number of years the manager of the Woodstock movie theater. During the filming of the movie Groundhog Day, she had a blink-of-the-eye part as the box office ticket clerk.

Barb married John on December 26, 1992, and they lived happily in Harvard for the rest of their lives alongside their beloved Cairn terriers, McGee, Fiona, and Pepper.

She loved to cook and sing, discuss politics and email often to stay in touch with family and friends.

Barb was very devoted to her faith and was a passionate parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Harvard, where she and John attended Mass for many years. The good friends they made through the church and through senior services were very kind and generous with their time and help on behalf of both over some ten years of declining health.

Although there will be no public visitation, Barb’s Funeral Mass will be at 12 noon on Friday, February 2, 2024 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 206 E. Front St., Harvard, IL with her cherished friend, Fr. Steven Clarke presiding. Burial and interment will follow at St. Joseph cemetery in Harvard.

Memorials may be made to EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210. Phone: 800-447-EWTN. Website:

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February 2, 2024

12:00 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
206 E. Front Street
Harvard, IL 60033


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