Barbara J. Blum

Barbara Blum

Barbara Joann (Schulz) Blum, age 90 of Freeport, formerly of Monroe, died on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Liberty Village in Freeport. Barbara was born on Dec 6, 1932, in Monroe, WI, to the late Howard Otto and Lillian Cathryn (Marty) Schulz. She was a sister to her brother Howard Frederic Schulz and sister Marianne Carla Schulz Wright, both deceased. Barbara married Charles R. Blum on Oct 27, 1956, at St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Monroe. They were blessed with two daughters, Marty Blum Coughlin (Brian) and Carla J. Blum and a precious grandson, Liam Martin Coughlin.

Barbara was a 1953 graduate of Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago (currently Rush University) and received her Registered Nurse (RN) degree. She was an assistant supervisor of nursing at Presbyterian Hospital before moving to Freeport where she was employed by Freeport Memorial Hospital and later as an office nurse of the late Dr. Erich Awender, retiring in 1995. She is survived by her husband, daughters, and grandson.

At Barbara’s request, cremation rights will be accorded and private services will be held at her families’ convenience. They were her pride and joy. Condolences may be shared at