Barbara Northrop, 90

Barbara Johanna Northrop, age 90, of Marcellus, died peacefully on November 5, 2022 in the comfort of her family’s presence.

Her life began August 29, 1932 in Chicago, the youngest of two of children born to Richard and Eva Donovan.  She married James E. Northrop May 2, 1964 in Marcellus.  He preceded her in death March 24, 2006.

Barbara was passionate about horses.  She worked hard as a teenager in Chicago to pay for the board and upkeep of her horse.  Her expertise with horses allowed her to show horses for the area stables as well.  She worked for a few banks in the Kalamazoo and Cass County areas.  Barbara started working for the Cass County Sheriff’s department in the ‘70s.  She held various positions, ultimately becoming a detective for the department until her retirement.  She was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cassopolis having begun to attend church in the late ‘60s.  She was a member of the choir for some time.

Barbara will be greatly missed by family and friends.  She is survived by one daughter, Linda (Wayne) Bowlin of Marcellus; one son, Mark (Dawn) Northrop of Chandler, Arizona; three grandchildren, Eric (Candace) Northrop of Franklin, Kentucky, Andrew (Carmen) Northrop of Kalamazoo, Regan (Matt) Avery of Three Rivers; two great grandchildren, Brianna, Atlas; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, Richard.

The funeral service was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cassopolis.

Barbara was laid to rest with her beloved husband in Riverside Cemetery, Dowagiac.

The family prefers contributions in memory of Barbara be made to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, Michigan 48823.

Arrangements were entrusted to Wagner Family Funerals Connelly Chapel, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online:

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