MOUNT CARROLL—Barbara J. Hitz Melhus, 91, of Mount Carroll, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford.

Cremation rites were accorded.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at the First Baptist Church in Mount Carroll. Inurnment will then take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PEO Sisters, or the First Baptist Church.

Barbara was born Feb. 15, 1928, in Chicago, the daughter of Dr. Leonard and Pauline (Amstutz) Hitz. She grew up and graduated high school in Chicago.

Barbara was a loving mother of two daughters, Paula and Laura. In December 1979, she married Larry Melhus in Mount Carroll. He passed away in 1986. Barbara spent most of her life caring for those she loved.

Barbara will be dearly missed by her two daughters, Paula Fossum of Mason, Mich., and Laura (Rod) Heeringa of Everson, Wash.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four nephews and two nieces.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jimmy "Doc" Hitz, and Jack Hitz; her baby sister, Mary Jo; and two great-grandsons, Jakob Kralapp and Case Heeringa.