Barbara J. Niehaus


Barbara J. Niehaus, age 88 of rural New Douglas, IL passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

She was born on Wednesday, April 20, 1932 in Litchfield, IL. She was the daughter of Erwin and Eleanor (Jeske) Rosenthal. She was married to Edward Niehaus on February 11, 1961 at the Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bellflower, California. Barbara and Edward recently celebrated their 60th year of marriage.

Barbara was a Homemaker and she was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas, IL, where she served as the Head of the Altar Guild. Barbara also served as a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Director, and the Financial Secretary for Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Barbara’s hobbies included her love to paint. Her family has many of her paintings on display at their homes. She decorated cakes. Barbara loved arts and crafts, including Quilling, Knitting, Crocheting, and Quilting.

Barbara is survived by her husband: Edward Niehaus; 2 Sons: Dale Niehaus, his wife Brenda and Craig Niehaus, his wife Linda; 1 Daughter: Lynn Fortin, her husband Nathan; Grandchildren: Angelica and Victoria Niehaus; Jennifer Noel, her husband Lan; Christopher, Hannah, and Matthew Niehaus; Katherine and Jocelyn Fortin; Great-Grandchildren: Lucas and Remington Noel; Sister: Myrna Benson and Brother: Ray Rosenthal; Many beloved Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Parents: Erwin and Eleanor Rosenthal; A Son: Kevin Niehaus; and her Brother-in-law: Lloyd Benson.

Friends may call on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church located at 205 N 7th Street in New Douglas, IL 62074.

Funeral services for Barbara Niehaus will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas, IL with Rev. Dennis Scoville, Pastor officiating.

Current Covid-19 guidelines will be observed…face masks, social distancing, and a limit of 50 people at one time in the church including family.

Following the services burial will be in the New Douglas Cemetery in New Douglas, IL.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Barbara Niehaus can be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston, IL is privileged to take care of the arrangements and services for Barbara Niehaus and her Family.

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