Barbara Brooks Michl
MICHL, Barbara Brooks 95, died on April 2, 2014, at West View Manor.
She was born on July 18, 1918, in Seattle, WA, the only child of Wilson Clark Brooks and Mary (Leggett) Brooks.
She spent her childhood in Canton, OH and graduated from Kent State University in 1936 with a major in Education and a minor in Fine Arts.
She married Wm. Joseph Michl on Nov. 9, 1940. After their marriage she and Joe lived in Steubenville, OH, where he was editor and publisher of The Steubenville Herald-Star.
They had three daughters Maryanna (Tony) Biggio, Molly Jane (Fred) Hurand and Brooke (Jerry) Michl- Smith, She was known as “Butchie” to her family and friends. She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Steubenville and a founding member of The Steubenville Art Association where she held many offices over the years.
Butchie had an exuberance for life which was infectious to all around her. She had a great sense of humor and she always rooted for the underdog. She had special friends in Steubenville who would gather for a good game of bridge or euchre. She enjoyed playing gin rummy with her son-in-law, Tony, and was always up for a challenging game of scrabble. She loved to read, especially mystery novels. She had impeccable reasoning, for example, teaching her daughters to learn to drive in standard shift because “You never know when someone will park a garbage truck in front of your driveway and you’ll have to move it to get out.”
She will best be known and remembered for her legacy of paintings, particularly in watercolor medium. Her paintings are in permanent collections in Ohio and around the country. She studied under Elmer Novotny, Wes Wagner, Zolton Szabo, Frederick Graff and others, and most recently with Connie Barnard at West View Manor.
She leaves behind five grandchildren: Joanna Biggio, Gus Biggio, Megan Bateman, Ben Hurand and Ruby Smith; five great-grandchildren: Tony Biggio, Alex Biggio, Magdalena Biggio, Emily Bateman and Benjamin Bateman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, and daughter, Molly Jane.
The family wishes to thank the staff of West View Manor for their loving care of Butchie, Hospice of Greater Wayne County, and Sharon Pooler with Patch and Tino, tiny therapy dogs with giant hearts.
A family memorial will be held at a later date.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.