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Barbara Elaine Fulara, 61, of Dalzell went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 11, 2014.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in First Baptist Church of La Salle.Pastor Wesley Waddle will officiate. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Thursday in Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley, as well as a half hour before services Friday in the church.
Mrs. Fulara was born on July 8, 1953, in Chicago to Frank “Jim” and June (Ogle) Kotte of Wheaton. Barbara married John Edward Fulara on Oct. 27, 1979.
Barbara graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor of science degree in education. She received her master of arts degree in library and information studies from Northern Illinois University. She worked at Hall High School as an English teacher from 1975-80. She then taught junior and senior high school at La Salle-Peru Christian School from 1980-82.
Since 1985, Mrs. Fulara has served as library media specialist at Hall High School, and most recently, also taught speech.
Barbara was a member of First Baptist Church of La Salle, where she also served on the youth committee and the Board of Christian Education. She also served as the camp coordinator and she was a deaconess. She was active as a committee member and guest speaker for the Bureau County Relay for Life. She was a member of the Spring Valley Lions Club, serving as president for two years. She was also a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
At Hall High School, Barbara served as sponsor for National Honor Society and LEO Club. Barbara loved life. She considered her husband her best friend and her three daughters were her “jewels.” The greatest moment in Barb’s life took place when she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Barb loved her students and looked at her life’s work at Hall High School as a mission field for her Lord.
Barbara is survived by her husband, John, of Dalzell; three daughters, Crystal (Danny) Baker of Sedalia, Mo., and Justina and Hannah, both at home; three grandsons, Nathaniel, Ezekiel and Isaac Baker; three sisters, Linda (Tim) Adams of Knoxville, Tenn., Jan Stariha of Montgomery and Diane (Fred) Lehrman of Wheaton; three brothers, Mark (Theresa) Kotte of Hudson, John Kotte of Wheaton and James “Jim” Kotte of Carol Stream.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her paternal and maternal grandparents.
Memorials can be directed to First Baptist Church of La Salle Camp Scholarship Fund. A guestbook may be viewed and memories shared at www.bartofh.com.