Barbara Mae Black


Barbara Mae Black, 90, of Danville, went home to be with the Lord at 12:46 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams St., Danville with services following at 11 a.m. Pastor Raymie Gordon will officiate. Following services, Barbara will be laid to rest in Davis Cemetery in Fairmount beside her husband, Richard Black, who preceded her in death on April 4, 2008.
Barbara was born July 23, 1928, in Arlington Heights, Ill., to Joseph and Elizabeth (Braun) Ziesk. She grew up in the Arlington Heights area with her parents and siblings.
Barbara met Richard "Tiger" Black while he was working in Arlington Heights and the two were married in 1957. They later moved to Danville where her husband founded Colonial Manor Nursing Home.
Barbara was well known for her hats and costume jewelry, and it could even be said that she never met a hat she didn't like. She enjoyed rummaging through thrift shops for her treasures and could often be found there looking for just the perfect piece to finish an outfit.
Barbara is survived by her four children, Linda Morrison and Leslie (Shelly) Black of West Jefferson, N.C., Mark Black of Danville, and Todd (Sara) Black of Champaign. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, Sara (Chris) Kronteras of Glendale, Ariz., Rachel (Simon) Brazinski of Lexington, Ky., Jane Black of New York, N.Y., Peter Black of Nashville, Tenn., and David Black of Oxford, Miss.; four great-grandchildren, Jessica, Sophia, Chance and Elli; and one great-great-grandchild, Samantha.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Julius; and two sisters, Delores and Eileen.
She is survived and will be greatly missed by her sister, Betty Srednicki.
The family would like to acknowledge the help, support, and friendship over the years of Barbara's two friends, Deb Murray and Melanie Buck.
Donations may be made in Barbara's name to Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Activities Department. Messages and memories may be left on our website at, or on the Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home Facebook page.
Published on June 11, 2019
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3 posts

Suzy Ciunowicz
Jun 13, 2019
My condolences for your loss. The short time i knew her we shared shopping, goodwill, smiles and lots of food. Mom was a unique woman. She made me laugh. Ill miss our conversations of many decibels. Her stuff and her tenacity.. I am grateful to hv met her. My love to you all.

Sona Morrissey
Jun 13, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. I remember your mother. She was such a sweet and friendly lady
I am out of town Sat but will be thinking of you with love and prayers. Sona
Jun 11, 2019