Barbara Schlarb, 89, a resident of the Lafayette Pointe Nursing Home, West Lafayette, formerly of Coshocton, Roscoe Village, and Newcomerstown, passed away Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5, 2011, in the Lafayette Pointe care facility.
Barbara was born in the district of South West Hackney, London, England, on Sept. 9, 1922, a daughter of the late Harry and Sophia Alice Lewis Josephs.
She attended high school in England and relocated to the United States to begin a new life after marrying her husband at the end of World War II in Europe. She was a Methodist by faith and a homemaker for all her adult life. Along with her husband, she owned and operated the former Coffee Cup Restaurant in Newcomerstown during the 1950s until the business was sold in 1968. She then was employed as a waitress at Thomas Steak House, Coshocton, for 30 years.
Barbara enjoyed knitting as a favorite leisure activity.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Edwin Schlarb, Newcomerstown, who passed away May 19, 1980. They were married in England on Oct. 20, 1945. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Frank Matchett, Canal Fulton, who died earlier this year. Also deceased are sisters, Isabel Freedman and Marie Bittan, both of London; a brother, Danny Josephs of London; brothers-in-law, William Freedman, Maurice Scott, and Sid Bittan, all of London; and a sister-in-law, Eve Josephs, of London.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia S. Matchett of Canal Fulton and Judy A. (Larry) Kobel of West Lafayette; four grandchildren, Michael (Mary McKee) Kobel of Coshocton, Michelle Kobel Unger of Phoenix, Ariz., Sarah (Matchett) and husband Shawn Diley of Canal Fulton, and Eric (Brittany) Matchett of St. Joseph, Mo.; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Gillian Josephs Scott of London; and a close friend, Herald Grosser of Portage, Mich.
To honor Barbaras requests, no visiting hours will be observed.
Public graveside services and burial took place Thursday, Nov. 10 in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown. Pastor Kathy Moody-Arndt of the Canal Fulton United Methodist Church officiated.
The family suggests that memorials be made in Barbaras name to the West Lafayette United Methodist Church, 120 W. Union Ave., West Lafayette, OH 43845; or to the Trustees, Canal Fulton United Methodist Church, 363 Cherry St., Canal Fulton, OH 44614.