Barbara Ann Svenningsen, 59, Crystal Lake, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. She was born Sept. 22, 1954, in Elgin to Albert and Mary (Buzas) Svenningsen.
She was active with the Pioneer Center in McHenry for many years and learned how to live, independently. She loved the music of the 50s, The Wizard of Oz (where she identified with the Wicked Witch of the West), and Halloween. She was an avid crafter and card player. She was an advocate for people with handicaps and disabilities. After her death, she was a donor for Gift of Hope.
Survivors include her uncle, John (Nell) Buzas, several relatives and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Linda Svenningsen; and a brother, George Svenningsen.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 31, at the First United Methodist Church, 201 W. South St., Woodstock.
Memorials can be made in Barbara’s name to Pioneer Center, 4001 Dayton St., McHenry, IL 60050.