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Barbara Lake

Barbara Lake

Barbara Lynn, nee Kasten, Lake, 66, of Biddleborn, IL; born on December 26, 1953 in Centralia, IL; passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family after a courageous two year battle with clear cell ovarian cancer.

Barb was the owner and operator of Bernina at Fancyworks in Marissa.  Her love of knitting and sewing was reflected throughout her life, from sewing at home, becoming a 4-H leader, and for the last 25 years operating her business, where she made brides look beautiful in their gowns and helping her sewing customers fall in love with sewing. She was a past member of Professional Association of Custom Clothiers and Professional Dressmakers Association.  She was a very dedicated member of the Marissa Chamber of Commerce and held several officer positions.  Most of all Barb loved spending time with her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law – Dorothy Lake-Juenger.  Her fathers-in-law – Alphonse Lake and Allen Juenger.  Also preceded in death by brothers-in-law and other relatives.

She is survived by her husband – Terry “Otto” Lake.  Her children – Daniel (Joanna) Lake of Ridgeland, SC and DeAnne (Ryan) Renken of Mascoutah, IL.  Her grandchildren – Garrett and Ruth Renken.  Her parents – Wilfred and Ferris, nee Creed, Kasten of Hoyleton, IL.  One brother – Steve (Marge) Kasten of Hoyleton, IL.  One sister – Janice (Dennis) Boldt of Valley Park, MO.  Her aunt – Laura Haake of Hoyleton, IL.  She is also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, many beloved cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law and her good friend and employee – Marilyn Lewis of Marissa, IL.

Memorials may be made to the University of Illinois Extension 4-H or the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

 Visitation: Friends may call at St. Anthony Parish Hall in Lively Grove, IL on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Services: A celebration of Barb’s life will be held at St. Anthony Parish Hall in Lively Grove, IL on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:00am.

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


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  1. Trina Green says:

    Just heard this sad news. Sending my deepest sympathy to her family. Barbara was a wonderful lady and seamstress. She would come to our high school to service our sewing machines and always share tips and tricks with the students. Her enthusiasm and passion for sewing always brightened the classroom. I enjoyed learning and talking with her as well. She will be missed.

  2. Amy Meyer says:

    I just learned if Barb’s passing and am sending deepest sympathy to Barb’s family. I so enjoyed attending sewing classes at the shop and admiring all her lovely creations. Such a great lady. .

  3. Sally Wetzel says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing, I know I am late in responding, but was just thinking of her and found this obituary – Barb was an amazing person, always optimistic, even with all she was going through. My prayers are with her family and friends, she will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

  4. Laurie Shain says:

    I send great sympathy to Barbs family. She had such a big heart and would offer help and kindness to anyone. I enjoyed her so….

  5. Betty Bollmeier says:

    Terry and family , I am so sad to hear of Barb’s passing. I enjoyed being Barb’s bowling bud and friend. Even though I didn’t get to see Barb as often as I would have liked I considered her a dear friend and will miss her very much. I wish you peace and comfort in the memories of your sweet lady❤️

  6. Cindy Willson says:

    So sorry to have heard of Barb’s recent death. Our hearts are sad for your family. I knew Barb through Professional Dressmakers and because of her sewing skills. She kept my Bernia machines up and running. She was a wonderful person and will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers for her family.

    Sincerely Cindy Willson

  7. Marsha Haake says:

    When I think of extremely talented people, Barb has always been at the top of my list. A modest, giving, sweet person! I’m so glad that her Aunt Laura and I went to her class on the Dutchman’s Puzzle and that her gift to Laura, a jelly roll of fabric for her 100th b-day, is made into a quilt that has been on her sofa ever since, a wonderful memento. Our deepest sympathy to all of her family!! Sincerely, Roy and Marsha

  8. Katie says:

    Barb was always there to make proms, homecomings, weddings, and special occasions even more extra special. She was a talented seamstress, and I always enjoyed her chats at Fancyworks or seeing her latest projects. She was a great member of the Business of Professional Women, and her contributions to Marissa will not be forgotten. My deepest sympathies.

  9. Christina Sweet says:

    Barb had a beautiful kind heart and loving smile that welcomed you into her shop and home. Not a prom season or special event went by that we didn’t visit her for dress making or alterations. My dearest sympathy and prayers to her entire family and close friends. ❤

  10. Lydia Latham says:

    A talented, beautiful woman whose quick smile and wit always made me seek her out at Marissa events. She offered great advice and thoughtfulness to me on many occasion. Much love to her family.

  11. Mark & Deb Wiedwilt says:

    We were so very sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be truly missed. May God bless and guide her family at this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and our prayers.

  12. Lori Heckert says:

    Barb was always so kind and genuine. What talent she also had! Her life was definitely well-lived. She will be greatly missed. Our sincere sympathy goes out to her family.

  13. Donna Kraus says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the family.

  14. Cathy Sinn Flowers says:

    She was such a nice woman, and she made every customer whose gowns she altered, whether a bride or a mother-of-the groom, feel like a million bucks. I wish I had a smidgeon of her talent. God bless her and her loved ones. She will be missed.

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