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Barbara A. D'Asaro

September 25, 2028 December 29, 2014
Barbara A. D'Asaro
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Barbara Ann D'Asaro, resident of Oak Park, Illinois, passed away Monday morning, December 29, 2014, after a short illness. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she spent her childhood years in Iowa and entered Drake University in 1946. She married John S. Driggs and transferred to the University of Iowa where she received a degree in Journalism. The couple moved to Oak Park, IL in 1964 when John took over the orchestra program at Oak Park River Forest High School. Following John's untimely death in 1970, Barbara met and married John D'Asaro. She spent the next 30 years as an educator including working as an English teacher in the Oak Park school system at Hawthorn and Emerson Middle Schools. Barbara also directed and choreographed theatre productions for Oak Park River Forest High School and enjoyed spending many of her summers teaching drama at the Interlochen National Music Camp. After Barbara retired she found great pleasure in becoming a Docent at the Art Institute of Chicago, giving tours to many Chicago schoolchildren. She also loved writing stories for her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband John D'Asaro, daughters Martha (Michael) Bowman of Grand Rapids, MI and Diane (John) Kitzman of Dallas, TX, son James (Rebecca) D'Asaro of Woodland Hills, CA, grandchildren Sarah (Erich) Bowman Peterson, Emily Bowman and John Kitzman, and great grand daughter Amelia Peterson. The family would like to thank the senior community at Brookdale Oak Park, where she and her husband have resided for over 10 years. She was an active community member at Brookdale, where she interviewed residents and told their stories in the Brookdale newsletter. Her love of art and the opportunity to research the different eras and styles of art allowed her to remain a teacher, sharing her knowledge through lectures for her fellow residents at Brookdale. Honoring her wishes there will be no funeral or memorial services.

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