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Barbara L. Baesel
1932 ~ 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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In Loving Memory of Barbara Laverne Baesel November 29, 1932 - September 15, 2023
Barbara L. Baesel, a beloved member of our community, passed away on September 15th, 2023, at Southwest General Hospital, after a brief illness. Surrounded by her family, she peacefully left this world to join her loved ones who had gone before her.
Barbara was born on November 29, 1932, and was a proud graduate of Strongsville High School and Baldwin Wallace University. She had a lifelong passion for the signs of spring, eagerly asking anyone she met about the first blue flowers that popped up in the early spring at the park, the return of robins, ducks and the sight of their of goslings. She marveled at the daffodils, tulips, and other blooming flowers, often taking long drives just to savor the changing seasons.
One of her favorite pastimes was watching bald eagle nests in hopes of catching a glimpse of these magnificent birds. Her curiosity of nature stayed with her all her life.
Barbara dedicated many years to teaching in the Parma school system, and her love of books led her to a second career in selling second-hand books. She had a knack for finding hidden treasures at book sales and garage sales and shared her passion for reading with others.
Family was at the center of Barbara's heart. She was very close to her late sister Marge and late brother John. She played a pivotal role in helping her niece trace the family tree back to the Mayflower and beyond, providing invaluable information for the family's history. Barbara was overjoyed to uncover long-lost relatives and stories through a DNA test with Ancestry.
Barbara had a gift for connecting with people. She engaged in conversations with anyone she encountered, taking a genuine interest in their lives beyond their professional roles. When she acquired an iPhone, she would capture memories with pictures, ensuring she remembered those who crossed her path.
She was actively involved with the Berea Historical Society, sharing her love for the area with her sister Marge. Both sisters had a deep attachment to Berea and Strongsville, where they grew up. Late in life, Barbara was able to move back into their childhood home on Prospect Street in Berea, a place with special memories, as it was the location of her father Wesley's Baesel Dairy in the 1950s. At one point, milk and other products were delivered by horse and wagon, and these memories remained close to her heart.
Barbara carried with her daily items that reflected her values and interests, including a copy of the Constitution, pictures of her beloved nieces, great-nieces, and nephews, obituaries of her brother and close family friends, numerous notebooks filled with memories and musings, thank you notes she received, and a tiny Hallmark book for birthdays and anniversaries.
Barbara L. Baesel's warmth, kindness, and curiosity touched the lives of many. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and the community she so dearly cherished. Her memory will live on with all those who had the privilege of knowing her.