Barbara Ellen Stima

November 19, 1933 - November 15, 2021

Barbara  Ellen  Stima


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Barbara Ellen Stima, 87, of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully, Monday, November, 15, 2021, at her home. Barbara was born November 19, 1933 in Belvidere, IL the daughter of Herman and Ella (Klenzendorf) Buhl. She married the love of her life, Nicholas Stima on October 31, 1954 in Belvidere, IL. She was a graduate of Belvidere High School and worked for Dauge Decorators and The Boone County Council on Aging in Belvidere. Barbara was a member of Mary Martha Group, Immanuel Lutheran Ladies Guild, Life Light Bible Study and Stephen Ministries. She loved watching her Chicago Cubs, going to lunch with her close friends and adored the time she spent with her grandchildren. Barbara made her spiritual home at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere. She will be missed by all.

Barbara is loved and missed by her children, Rhonda (James) Vaccarello, Douglas (Christi) Stima, Renee Stima, chosen son, Michael Tice; brother, Edward Buhl; grandchildren, Andrew (Vilma) Burris, Nathan Burris, Daniel (Rachel) Burris, Taylor (Katie) Stima, Olivia (Chris) Leona, Zinna Senbetta, Bayza Senbetta, Meezahn Senbetta, Krista (Troy) Finner, Paul Vaccarello; great-grandchildren, Oliver, Gabriel, Hayden, Hudson, Roman, Allysia as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas; parents, Herman and Ella; brother, Charles (Edith) Buhl and sister-in-law, Carol Buhl.

Barbara’s visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. till 10:45 a.m., Monday, November 22, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Rd., Belvidere, IL 61008. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. following the visitation. Burial in Highland Garden of Memories. Memorials to the family to establish later. To light a candle or share a memory, please visit

Service Schedule

Monday, November 22, 2021

Immanuel Lutheran Church


Barbara’s visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. till 10:45 a.m., Monday, November 22, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Rd., Belvidere, IL 61008.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Immanuel Lutheran Church


The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. following the visitation.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Highland Garden of Memories

Burial in Highland Garden of Memories.

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Our sincere condolences from the Halsted family. Heartfelt thoughts go out to you at this time of sorrow.

Fred Halsted 2021-11-22T15:33:42

I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Barb she will be missed. I am so sorry I could not be there for her service. I will keep praying for you and your family.

Sharron Buhl 2021-11-22T10:59:56

Her heart was filled with love. She greeted me with a great big smile and hug whenever I saw her. She used to send me her delicious rice pudding because she knew I enjoyed it. May her love continue to shine through her grandchildren and great-grand children. I already know Zinna, Bayza and Meezahn have inherited her love. May her memories be a comfort to the family.

Mahelet Senbetta 2021-11-22T07:11:47

Dear Stima Family. I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated Barb and Nick. When we lived next door to them on Marshall Street they were the best neighbors. They treated our kids like they were their grandkids. I used to set Barb’s hair and she really appreciated it. She even made a cherry pie for my husband’s birthday. If I remember correctly, it was the best pie ever. She is fondly remembered and dearly missed.

Pat & Rob Zuck 2021-11-21T20:50:24

Stima Family – We were neighbors of the yours back in the 70s, and although we were neighbors for only a couple of years, your family was very accepting of us and treated us very kindly. Barb & Nick were like surrogate grandparents to our toddler son at the time. We never forgot their kindness since over the years. Blessings to your family.

Dan & Connie Shiroda 2021-11-21T15:40:18

Barb was such a very special woman. Loving, caring, generous, gracious, and kind are only a few of her attributes. She touched my life and the lives of my family in so many ways, and I am so truly grateful and honored to have known her. To me, she was an angel on earth. While she will be missed here, there is is also a sense of peace knowing that she is now in the presence of the Lord she loved so dearly.

Ruth Tice 2021-11-21T11:22:10

She was a wonderful person who deeply cared for and unconditionally loved her family. She has left us with beautiful memories and life lessons we will always cherish. We miss her.

Ghenno Senbetta 2021-11-21T10:46:32

So sorry for your loss. She was the best friend and neighbor anyone could ask for. 😢💕

Bev Wallace 2021-11-20T18:06:52

So sorry for your loss Ed, Rhonda, Doug and Renee. Be assured of God’s promise of eternal life and some day being reunited with Barb and others that have passed on to eternal life.

jerry Hyland 2021-11-19T20:52:27

Love to Uncle Ed, Rhonda, Doug & Renee and all the other family members and friends. Aunt Barb always had a smile, great hugs and kind words to say. I’ll miss seeing her and getting her computer messages! You’ll be missed very much here, and you’ll be enjoying the company of others who have gone before you. 😍 Love from Julie & Carl

Julie Mattson 2021-11-18T12:53:59

Rhonda, my heart is with you. May the love of our Lord surround you and the family as you walk through this most difficult time. Your mom was the sweetest woman ever! With her angel wings, she is now forever standing in His amazing Grace and dancing on the streets of gold. Love you.❤️

Debbie Peterson 2021-11-18T09:56:02

Rhonda, Doug, Renee and families, may the angels wrap you in their blessed wings and give you peace. We have been neighbors and friends with Barb for over 30 years and couldn’t ask for any better. Barb, Nick too, were generous, caring, and good to ALL of us. Barb, you will be missed.

Jim & Renee Kirchner and family 2021-11-17T18:40:53

I am so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. I use to babysit for her kids. May all her family be conforted with God’s peace. The Buhl family are blessings to so many!

Karen Stone Parrish 2021-11-17T17:39:42


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