Barbara Jean McWilliams

August 30, 1945 - December 12, 2020

Barbara Jean McWilliams


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It is with great sadness that the family of Barbara Jean McWilliams (75), of Rockford, announces her passing surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Born August 30, 1945, in Belvidere, the daughter of Clarence and Betty Raddatz. She graduated from Auburn High School in 1963. Married Lloyd McWilliams (Rockford) on May 7, 1966, in Cherry Valley.

If you look up the word “Matriarch” in the dictionary, you would find her photo. She always kept tabs on her family. You would find her helping them with homework, watching them play sports, or seeing them at their birthday parties. The last years of her life were spent fighting an assortment of illnesses, but she never complained about the pain she was going through. One of the illnesses would eventually stop her from being able to sew or quilt, so it was her goal to make sure everyone had one of her handmade “creations” such as quilts, table runners or wall hangings. She loved traveling to see one of her grandson’s dive or run cross country. She also made sure to be able to watch another great grandson golf. She tried to make sure she attended as many functions or held them herself, so she could see all of them. She loved hearing all the jokes they would tell and the other funny things they always did around her. She would make sure they all would have the right presents for Christmas by working that out with her son or daughter and getting that list and checking it twice. She loved seeing them tear through the presents she had so carefully wrapped for them. She learned how to online shop in the last 10 years, so she was done with her Christmas shopping by December 1st or earlier. If someone got a stain on their clothes or ripped a pair of jeans, over to Grammy Barb so she could mend them or use her “magic” soap to clean them. She also loved spending time with her best friend Dixie whom she quilted with. They would meet almost every day to sew, quilt, or drive to the quilt store to pick up material. They had a special group of ladies that met every other Wednesday for the quilting group. The quilting group started at a local organization, but soon they had moved to Grammy’s house for the meeting. She also spent time with her special niece. They would get together and talk about how her life was going and they would try and solve each other’s problems. Barb was especially proud of her daughter and son; they both had terrific jobs and had done such a great job raising their families. Now one would think, “Wow that lady was so busy, no way she could have time for anything else.” Well, you would be wrong. Besides doing all these things for her family, she was the BEST supporting wife to her husband and his passion for golf and more specifically teaching juniors.

Barb will forever be missed.  She is preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Betty Raddatz; brother Westley Raddatz; sister Linda Galbraith.  Barb is survived by her husband, Lloyd McWilliams; daughter, Kimberly (Robert) Kludt; son Patrick (Sheri) McWilliams; sister Mary (Chuck) Rudd.  Barb was blessed with six grandchildren:  Michelle Kludt, Danielle Spiess, Nikolas Pipitone, Kalden Kludt, Rissa Mikos and Justin McWilliams.  She adored her eight great grandchildren:  Canden Bowers, Rylee Spiess, Matthew Cashatt, Jonathan Cashatt, Mikah Kludt, Dominik Pipitone, Aden Pipitone, and Braxton Nikos.  She was so loved by her niece Karyn (Michael) Young, grandniece, Kilee Kenerson, and sister-in-law, Loraine Raddatz.  She also had four very special friends that will miss her dearly, Dixie Luna, Mike and Darlene Johnson, and Lori Mitchell.   

The family would like to give a special thanks to Tracey, who performed CPR on her allowing her family to say goodbye to her.  Also, another special thanks to the team at OSF ICU as well as nurse Tracey.  They were supportive and wonderful to Barb and her family.

The walk-through visitation will be from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. Services will be private. Live Stream of services will take place 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2020. To access the live stream please visit Barbara’s obituary page at In lieu of flowers please send donations to the family to help establish a memorial scholarship fund. To light a candle or share a memory please visit

Service Schedule

Thursday, December 17, 2020
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


The walk-through visitation will be from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008.

Thursday, December 17, 2020
6:30 pm

Live Stream of services will take place 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2020.

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Sorry for lost sure a beautiful person.

Vito and Carol and boys 2020-12-21T16:12:00

I will surely miss being with Barb on our quilting get togethers. She was so great to be with. Miss you Barb.. But I’m sure you will be on my mind often.

Pam forsling 2020-12-17T19:25:41

Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing and yes I was the flower girl in the wedding I think I may still have the flower girl dress packed away in a cedar chest sending my sincere sympathies

Debbie Cordray Smith 2020-12-17T18:37:44

Lloyd, Pat, Kim and Families: My heart mourns with you on the death of our precious Barb! She meant so much to her friends and family and she was always thinking of how she could do something for somebody! She blessed our lives daily and she lives on in our hearts! Prayers for you all!

Lori J Mitchell 2020-12-17T16:08:07

Never met Barb, and haven’t really spent alot of time with Lloyd; but I am well aware of his passion for the game of golf. With all the time that he spent on the course, it must go without saying that his beloved Barb was, throughout his life, a most faithful and patient Caddy!

Larry Wahler 2020-12-16T15:33:27

To The Family Of Barb :
My Sincere Sympathy In The Loss Of Such A Kind And Caring Soul. Barb Was A True Gem ! I Will Always Remember Her Spunk, Kindness, & Hugs. You Are All In My Thoughts And Prayers At This Difficult Time.

Colleen Weller 2020-12-16T11:20:04

Dear Lloyd, Kelly and Patrick, I so so sorry to read of Barb’s passing. I have many memories of going to your home in Cherry Valley with my mom, Judy Friemuth McGee Keehn . Barb was one of the few friends that Mon kept in touch with from her high school days. I remember Barb coming over to my childhood home at 214 W. Lincoln Ave in Belvidere when my brother Dan and I were young. Please know I am thinking of you and sending hugs and prayers yo all of you.

Kelly McGee- Allen 2020-12-15T22:33:24

The McWilliams Family. My heart is broken for all of you. Barb was always the best mom and loved Kim and Pat beyond words. I have so many fond memories of your mom! Please know we are all praying for you!

Tina Schenk 2020-12-15T10:21:59

We are sorry to hear about Barb passing away. I enjoyed working with Barb for several years at Riverview FS, and also getting to know Lloyd and part of family as opportunities presented. She was always proud of her family and dedicated to work. She will be missed by all of us.
Denny & Janet Ellingson

DENNY ELLINGSON 2020-12-15T09:26:38

My family loved her so much. I will miss our long talks.

Natara Elliott 2020-12-15T07:04:43

Wish I could have met her in person, but I see her son and his family who are vibrant and full of life and energy and could see her influence being carried forward. My sympathy to all and I pray for a peace that passes understanding for all of the McWilliams family in Jesus’ name.

Stephanie Eichenberger 2020-12-15T06:28:35

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Barbara. I did not have the pleasure of knowing her personally but she sounds like a very special lady ! Someone who cares for others so much is a rare thing in this world! I know she will be truly missed . Sending My deepest condolences to my friends Pat and Sheri McWilliams in this time of loss . You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers ! Love , Maddie

Maddie richards 2020-12-14T19:27:41


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