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Barbara Joy Gerth

March 20, 1932 — January 21, 2023

Barbara Joy (Foote) Gerth Sunday, March 20th, 1932 – Saturday, January 21st, 2023.

Preceded in death by her parents, Josephine and Clifford Foote Sr.; brothers, Clifford Jr. and

Robert; and her husband, Winfred Gerth. She is loved and missed by her daughter, Rebekah

[Steve] Adams (Pacoima, California), son Andrew [Maria] Gerth (Austin, Texas), grandchildren:

Ian [Fiancée, Katie], Rachel “Peanut” [Fiancé, Tyler], Ellie, Kate, and great-grandson, Duncan.

Barbara was born at home in Chicago, Illinois, the first daughter of Josephine (Hoort) and

Clifford Foote Sr. She attended Fenger High School in Chicago, where she participated in several

clubs, her favorite of which was the Glee Club, and graduated with the January class of 1950.

Barbara began her working career as a secretary with several large firms in Chicago. At Morgan

Park Military Academy, she served as the secretary to the Commandant, and in 1953 this is

where she met her future husband, Winfred Gerth. In December of 1954 they were married,

and their marriage lasted 40 years. They made their home in the Beverly-Morgan Park section

of Chicago. Barbara was also an enthusiastic volunteer. She served thousands of hours between

the Auxiliary of Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois and with her congregation at St. John the

Divine Lutheran Church in Chicago. After the death of her husband, she relocated, first to

Arlington Heights, Illinois and then to join her children in California. Barbara was an avid fan of

classic movies and old Hollywood. She enjoyed visiting the landmarks and taking the studio

tours while in southern California. Barbara is loved and will be greatly missed. The family

wishes to thank the caring staff of West Hills Assisted Living who provided wonderful care.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 2nd at 1PM at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church,

436 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

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