Nature 09

Barbara Jean Lieberman

April 14, 1929 ~ January 7, 2021 (age 91)


Barbara "Barb" Lieberman was born,  April 14, 1929  in Pontiac, Michigan, to Arthur Heard and Bernice Stimson. She grew up with three brothers, Arthur, Richard, and David, with Barb being the second oldest. Barb was raised in Pontiac during the Great  Depression and lived there until she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, during World War II as her father was transferred out of state with General Motors. In her teenage years, she loved to read, ice skating, and just being outdoors. After World War II, she returned to Michigan and graduated from Pontiac High School in 1947.

In 1949, Barb married Donald "Don" Lieberman and they moved to Oak Grove, Michigan. They soon had four daughters, Terri-Lee, Lynne, Sheryl, and Lori. Besides being a wonderful mother and homemaker, Barb had a passion for sewing, hosting family and neighborhood parties, and collecting commemorative plates and rocks from around the World. In 1977, Barb and Don decided to relocate from Oak Grove to Indian River, Michigan. They had always been fond of Northern Michigan and instantly fell in love with the scenic forest out near East Mullet Lake. It was there where Barb and Don would build their own home and would spend 30 more years together before Don passed away in 2009.

One of Barb's greatest pleasures in life was becoming a grandmother. There was no better example of warmth, love, and generosity that a grandchild could ask or look for in a grandparent. She had 7 grandchildren (Nicholas, Angela, Shannon, Travis, Brandon, Deanna, and Mackenzie) and 10 great-grandchildren (Dylan, Victoria, Josiah, Leah, Anna, Gavin, Julia, Noah, Raylan, and Rozella), all of which truly admired and respected her dearly.

Barb volunteered at Inland Lakes High School, attended her grandchildren's sporting events, and loved watching Michigan State University and Detroit Sports Teams. Barb was very dedicated to her Christian faith as she was a member of and volunteered for many years at the United Methodist Church of Indian River. No one decorated their house on the holidays like Barb. Her home was comprised of a magnificent winter wonderland of Christmas villages, a custom-made town, and a lovely Christmas tree that occasionally reached over 15-feet tall. She cherished all of her cats and dogs and would even have a present for them under the tree.

Later in life Barb really enjoyed growing fruits and vegetables in her garden, which she would often cook and bake with, or give away to family and friends, and planting flowers in her yard. Barb and Don loved feeding the birds, spotting the deer in their yard, and going for walks on their beautiful wooded property. Her and Don loved camping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and driving around to see the color changes in the fall.

Barb was a cherished and devoted daughter, wife, sister. mother. grandmother, and friend. She could never be replaced. and her spirit will live on forever. Barbara Jean Lieberman passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 91.

The family is served by Stone Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Indian River.

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