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Barbara Ann Gehler, 92, of Ottawa,

Barbara Ann Gehler, 92, of Ottawa,
Barbara Ann Gehler, 92, of Ottawa,

Barbara Ann Gehler, 92, of Ottawa, Illinois passed away on July 2, 2024. She was a resident of Pleasant View Lutheran Life Communities, Ottawa, Illinois at the time of her death.

A celebration of life will be held at Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa, IL on Friday, July 12th at 11:00 am with Pastor Randy Mortenson of Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Following the service, family and guests are invited to gather in Pleasant View Chapel for refreshments and fellowship to share stories of Barb’s life. Private family burial in Oakwood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Gehler was born on September 17, 1931 in Freedom Township, Illinois, the daughter of Walter and Clara Thorson. She married Merle L. Freise on June 17, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottawa, Illinois. They had two sons; Kent and Randal. Merle passed away on November 14, 1961. She married James G. Gehler on April 6, 1963 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mendota, Illinois. He passed away on November 1, 2013. At the time of her passing, Barbara was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Springfield, IL and after moving to Ottawa regularly attended services at Pleasant View Lutheran Life Communities Chapel.

Barbara graduated from Ottawa High School in 1949. The family lived in Streator, Ottawa, Normal and Springfield, Illinois. She worked outside the home for a number of years in various accounting and clerical positions. She is survived by a son, Kent (Edie) Freise, a daughter-in-law, Sandra Gehler, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Walter and Clara Thorson, husband Merle L. Freise, husband James G. Gehler, son Randal L. (Freise) Gehler, brother Orville Thorson and sisters, Marian (Clarence) Boe and Doris (D. Wayne) Chapman.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Memorial Endowment Funds, Springfield, Ill. and/or Pleasant View Chapel, Ottawa, Ill.

Mueller Funeral Home, 800 1st Ave, Ottawa, IL 61350

Oakwood Memorial Park, 2405 Champlain St, Ottawa, IL 61350.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2477 W Washington St, Springfield, IL 62702

You may sign the online guestbook and share memories at www.MuellerFH.com. Mueller Funeral Home and Crematory 800 First Avenue, Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-443