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Barbara L. Hodges

Barbara L. Hodges

Barbara Louise Hodges, nee Bilderback, 86, of Marissa, IL, born February 14, 1936 in Sparta, IL, passed away on Sunday August 7, 2022 at Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta, IL.  Mrs. Hodges was a homemaker. She loved spending time dining with friends and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was active with the Marissa Cub Scouts, Marissa Girl Scouts, Marissa DeMoley Mother Club (President) and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Sparta, IL.

Mrs. Hodges was preceded in death by her husband – Edmond E. Hodges, daughter – Debra Lynn Hodges, parents – Samuel W. and Lucille (Welch) Bilderback, sister – Patsy Chloe Bilderback, and brothers – Samuel W. Bilderback, Jr. and James R. Bilderback.

Barbara is survived by her children – Stephen E (Nancy) Hodges of Marissa, IL, Connie (Martin) Smith of Mokena, IL, Natalie (Gary) Hand of Steeleville, IL, grandchildren – Jami (Jeff) Maier of Murfreesboro, TN, Weston (Tracey) Hand of of Shrewsbury, MO, Whitney (Archie) sauerheber of Cordyn,IN, Stephen Hand of Marissa, IL, Samuel (Katie) Hodges of Mt. Carmel, IL, Liam Smith of Mokena, IL, great grandchildren –  Brody Maier and Emily Maier of Murfreesboro, TN and Neil Sauerheber, Anna Sauerheber and Joel Sauerheber of Cordyn, IN and Charlotte Hand of Shrewsbury, MO.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in Sparta, IL

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.heilschuessler.com.

Visitation: Friends and family will be gathering from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday August 13, 2022 at Calvary Baptist Church in Sparta, IL

Funeral:  Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday August 13, 2022 at Calvary Baptist Church in Sparta, IL with Brother Tim McIntyre officiating.  Interment will follow services at Marissa TWP Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Dave Craig says:

    Just happened to run across this sad news. Barb will always be Jimmy’s sister to me. Many times Jimmy took me to her house to ask this or get that…and she never gave up on giving him the dickens if he was not being the brother she expected. So much love between those siblings. The Bilderback family will always hold a special place in my heart…Jimmy, Sammy, Barb…and especially mom, Lucile.

  2. David and Pat Edgar says:

    Please accept our sympathy and condolences. Barb was among the kindest women that we had the privilege of knowing throughout our lives. Please find comfort that she is now resting in eternal peace.

  3. Steve and Gayle Schuessler says:

    Dear Steve Connie and Natalie and families; so sorry to hear about your mom‘s passing, she was the kind of person that made Marissa a wonderful place to live the kind of person we need more of Gail and I are thinking of you and you will be in our prayers.

  4. Mitzi and Brian Worrick says:

    Dear Steve, Connie and Natalie,
    I’m so saddened to learn of Barb’s passing. She was my second mother and truly one of a kind. Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear, please find comfort in knowing that she will live on in the hearts of those who loved her. Sending hugs and prayers.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Mitzi and Brian

  5. Robert McMillan says:

    Sorry for your loss

  6. Barb, you will be missed by many And loved by all. Go now a be with your family. You have earned every breath, heartbeat, family and friends and we all love you. So go to your family in eternity and enjoy.

  7. Don and Dorothy Bollmeier says:

    We extend our heartfelt condolences to Barb’s family. She was such a sweet lady, a joy to talk to. Asking Jesus to wrap His comforting arms around you all.

  8. Lonnie and Julie Hurst says:

    Steve, Natalie, Connie and Families,

    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your Mother.
    I hope you find comfort in all of the precious memories each of you shared with her. Sending prayers and hugs to you during this difficult time and the days that follow.

  9. Brandi says:

    I had the honor of working where Barb lived at. We watched our Cardinal’s games together, and formed a great friendship in the matter of two months. Barb, thank you for supporting me when I first began working with you. Thank you for being a great friend. I send my condolences to her family and friends. God bless ♥️

  10. Diann Staley says:

    Sorry to hear about your Mother Always enjoyed camping and visiting with your family.

  11. Betty Zimmermann says:

    So sorry to hear the loss of your dear Mother. My prayer are with you . God bless you.

  12. Sandra Sparling says:

    Steve, Connie and Natalie I am so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. Always laughing. I know you will miss her terribly. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your families. Much love
    Sandra

  13. Cathy Sinn Flowers says:

    Steve, Connie, and Natalie, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. In later years we always made it a point to talk when we saw each other on my visits to Marissa. Life can be so difficult, and losing our parents leaves an emptiness that lasts, but our Faith gives us hope in what comes beyond the veil. She had that faith. May she rest in God’s Presence. Peace to you all.

  14. Bev and Stan Lewis says:

    Sorry for the loss of my cousin Barb. Thinking of all of you. Sorry I’m not able to call on you or attend her service. Prayers

    • Bruce and Sue opolka says:

      Steve and family prayers to you and family may your memories comfort u in this time of sorrow

  15. Denise K Vuichard says:

    Natalie and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May the memories you have help you through this difficult time. Prayers sent your way.

  16. Sharon & Gary Hepp says:

    Tenderly, may time heal your sorrow. Gently, may friends ease your pain. Softly, may peace replace your heartaches. And may the warmest memories remain.”

    • Dave and Pete Dressel says:

      Steve, Natalie Connie and families. So sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. She was very sweet and we liked talking with her. Now she’s celebrating in heaven with your Dad. I’m coaching Chester Grade School softball so won’t be able to attend the services. We are in the Marissa/New Athens tournament and will be playing at 10:00. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!! Hang in there and May Gid Bless All of You!!! Tell Whitney hello.

  17. Donna Galle says:

    Will be missed, Love helping you,fly high angel 😇, very wonderful lady.

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  1. Will be missed, Love helping you,fly high angel 😇, very wonderful lady.

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  2. Tenderly, may time heal your sorrow. Gently, may friends ease your pain. Softly, may peace replace your heartaches. And may the warmest memories remain.”

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    • Steve, Natalie Connie and families. So sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. She was very sweet and we liked talking with her. Now she’s celebrating in heaven with your Dad. I’m coaching Chester Grade School softball so won’t be able to attend the services. We are in the Marissa/New Athens tournament and will be playing at 10:00. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!! Hang in there and May Gid Bless All of You!!! Tell Whitney hello.

      Reply
  3. Natalie and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May the memories you have help you through this difficult time. Prayers sent your way.

    Reply
  4. Sorry for the loss of my cousin Barb. Thinking of all of you. Sorry I’m not able to call on you or attend her service. Prayers

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    • Steve and family prayers to you and family may your memories comfort u in this time of sorrow

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  5. Steve, Connie, and Natalie, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. In later years we always made it a point to talk when we saw each other on my visits to Marissa. Life can be so difficult, and losing our parents leaves an emptiness that lasts, but our Faith gives us hope in what comes beyond the veil. She had that faith. May she rest in God’s Presence. Peace to you all.

    Reply
  6. Steve, Connie and Natalie I am so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. Always laughing. I know you will miss her terribly. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your families. Much love
    Sandra

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  7. So sorry to hear the loss of your dear Mother. My prayer are with you . God bless you.

    Reply
  8. Sorry to hear about your Mother Always enjoyed camping and visiting with your family.

    Reply
  9. I had the honor of working where Barb lived at. We watched our Cardinal’s games together, and formed a great friendship in the matter of two months. Barb, thank you for supporting me when I first began working with you. Thank you for being a great friend. I send my condolences to her family and friends. God bless ♥️

    Reply
  10. Steve, Natalie, Connie and Families,

    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your Mother.
    I hope you find comfort in all of the precious memories each of you shared with her. Sending prayers and hugs to you during this difficult time and the days that follow.

    Reply
  11. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Barb’s family. She was such a sweet lady, a joy to talk to. Asking Jesus to wrap His comforting arms around you all.

    Reply
  12. Barb, you will be missed by many And loved by all. Go now a be with your family. You have earned every breath, heartbeat, family and friends and we all love you. So go to your family in eternity and enjoy.

    Reply
  13. Sorry for your loss

    Reply
  14. Dear Steve, Connie and Natalie,
    I’m so saddened to learn of Barb’s passing. She was my second mother and truly one of a kind. Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear, please find comfort in knowing that she will live on in the hearts of those who loved her. Sending hugs and prayers.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Mitzi and Brian

    Reply
  15. Dear Steve Connie and Natalie and families; so sorry to hear about your mom‘s passing, she was the kind of person that made Marissa a wonderful place to live the kind of person we need more of Gail and I are thinking of you and you will be in our prayers.

    Reply
  16. Please accept our sympathy and condolences. Barb was among the kindest women that we had the privilege of knowing throughout our lives. Please find comfort that she is now resting in eternal peace.

    Reply
  17. Just happened to run across this sad news. Barb will always be Jimmy’s sister to me. Many times Jimmy took me to her house to ask this or get that…and she never gave up on giving him the dickens if he was not being the brother she expected. So much love between those siblings. The Bilderback family will always hold a special place in my heart…Jimmy, Sammy, Barb…and especially mom, Lucile.

    Reply

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