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Barbara Ann Stover
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Obituary for Barbara Ann Stover

Barbara “Barb” Ann Stover, 67, of Berrien Springs, died Thursday, January 11, 2018, at home surrounded by her family following a short illness.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, at the Berrien Springs United Methodist Church. Pastors Brenda Gordon and Linda Gordon will officiate. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Youth Memorial Building at the Berrien County Fair Grounds. Visitation will be at the United Methodist Church on Tuesday, January 16, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Hinchman United Methodist Church, of which she was a member, or to Angel Gowns of Southwestern Michigan at Honor Credit Union. Online messages for Barb’s family may be left at

Barb will be dearly missed by all who knew her as she was the matriarch of the family, a humble servant to the community, and a tireless provider to a friend in need.

Her greatest love and devotion was to her family. She was married to Bruce Stover, her partner in life, for 47 years. Barb was very involved in the lives of her three daughters from their childhood activities, to the role of team mom, to helping them lead their own families. This continued with her seven grandchildren where she was always kind and caring and made them each feel special.

Barb will be remembered for a lifetime of caring for others. She supported her family, friends and community in many ways including activities with the church, the local fire department, baking cakes for a special occasion, or quietly helping a person or family in need. She was a member of Hinchman Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, and a founding member of Friends for Berrien Springs. Her most special passion was providing Angel Gowns. This is a process of deconstructing donated wedding dresses to sew appropriate burial gowns for infants who died in the hospital. Barb helped provide over 400 gowns as gifts to grieving families.

Barb enjoyed many hobbies including quilting, baking, and bowling, and those who participated with her know how much she cherished the friendships made.

Surviving are her husband, Bruce; three daughters: Michele Bowen, Tonia (Tim) Williams, Kristina (Corey) Burks; seven grandchildren: Ashley and Dawn Bowen, Hayden and Garrett Williams, Matthew, Brandon, and Tyler Burks; her mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Teddy Perkey; and three brothers: Ronald, Randy and Terry Pressler.

Barb was preceded in death by a brother, Russell; and father, David.

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2:00 PM
Berrien Springs United Methodist Church

310 West Mars Street
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103

Visitation hours are 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.





11:00 AM
Berrien Springs United Methodist Church

310 West Mars Street
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103

Cemetery Details


Rose Hill Cemetery

Rose Hill Road
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103

Memorial Contribution

Hinchman United Methodist Church

8154 Church Street
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103

Angel Gowns of Southwestern Michigan

Memorial donations may be made at Honor Credit Union

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