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-Barbara Ann Gaar-

Barbara Ann Gaar, 70, formerly of Letts, IA, and currently of Oswego, IL, died Sunday evening, November 23rd, 2008, at the Rush-Copley Memorial Center in Aurora, IL.

  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend.  Barbara was born July 7, 1938 in Muscatine, IA, to Wayne and Martha (Estep) Heitmeier.  She attended grade school in the Columbus Junction area before moving to Letts, IA.  She graduated from Letts High School in 1956 and the Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing in 1959.  She married Darrell L. Gaar, August 27, 1961, in Savanna, IL.  For many years she worked as a nurse in the Oswego area, retiring as a school nurse from the Oswego School District in 1995.  She enjoyed her retirement years traveling and spending time with her family, expecially her grandchildren.   She was also an avid Kane County Cougars baseball fan.

  She will be missed by all those who knew her.  She is survived by her husband, Darrell; her son, James Michael Gaar of Oswego; her daughter, Lee Ann (Mark) Martens of Oswego; two grandchildren, Matthew Martens of Grayson, GA, and Hailey Martens of Oswego; and a brother, William (Joyce) Heitmeier of Redlands, CA.

  Visitation was held Friday, November 28th, at the McKeown-Dunn Funeral home in Oswego.  Private family funeral and interment was conducted Saturday, November 29th, at the Pearce Cemetery in Oswego