Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Barbara “Barb” June Bostancic, 89, of Wooster died at home on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 after a 10 month battle with cancer.

She was born June 26, 1933 in Neffs, OH to James and Dortha Phillips Kurth.

Barb was a graduate of Bellaire High School.  She was a proud retiree from the Wooster Brush Company after 27 years in the Roller Department.  She then went on to work at Farmer Boy as a hostess for 18 years, retiring from there just before she turned 87.

She enjoyed reading fiction, playing the piano, attending College of Wooster Men’s Basketball games, gardening, working in her yard, going out with her friends and traveling the world with her cousin Dick Kurth.  However, spending time with her children was her favorite thing to do.

Barb became involved with Relay for Life from its inception with the Wooster Brush Team.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Barb is survived by her children Bill (Andrea) Bostancic, Jr., Roger Bostancic, Susan Cook and Lynne (Mark) Geib all of Wooster; brother Bill (Pat) Kurth of St. Clairsville; many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Ruth Ann Lucas, Eleanor Sramcik and Duane Kurth.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 1:00 PM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Shreve.

Friends will be received from 11:00 AM until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be sent to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the Wayne County Humane Society, 1161 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

A special thank you to the nurses and staff of Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare for their care and compassion.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


  1. Your mom was a lovely lady . I always enjoyed running into to her or seeing her at gatherings. My kids lovingly referred to her as Grandma Barb. She will be greatly missed & loved by many

  2. Sue I’m so very sorry for your loss. I remember her well from our elementary days and she was a wonderful lady!!

  3. Bill,

    So sorry to hear of the death of your mother. Please let me know if you ever need anything.
    You and your family are in my thoughts.

  4. Lynne, I’m so very sorry. I remember your mom fondly because she was always so warm and welcoming. I loved your mom’s sense of humor and how she would watch SNL with us. Please know I am thinking of you, and my condolences as well to Bill, Roger and Sue.

  5. Bill and Andrea.. please accept my condolences and prayers for you and family.

  6. So sorry to see that Barb passed away. I always enjoyed seeing her and chatting. She always had a smile.
    My family members enjoy Farmer Boy and always loved seeing her there. She was so good to us all.
    Deepest sympathy and prayers for you all.

  7. What a wonderful person and friend also a co-worker at Wooster Brush. Sending my Sympathy to the entire family.

  8. Your mom was a delightful lady that we met on a Viking cruise & later traveled in Sicily together. We had such wonderful times with her & Richard. What a loving lady! Her Christmas card said her farewell.
    Barbara Johnston & Sally Childs

  9. I loved working with your mother. She did many nice things for us to help us at work and bring us cookies and birthday cakes. I gave her ride to work before and she gave me ride to work before. . I will miss her and I am so sorry for your loss. She was definitely someone you could count on if you needed anything!

  10. So sorry for your loss. Prayers
    With sympathy
    Mike & Jann

  11. Scott and I are so sorry for you loss.
    Sending love and prayers.

    Paula & Scott

  12. Bill I am sorry for your loss.They don’t make them like Barb anymore.I will miss her.

  13. I guess you could call Barbara my second cousin-in-law. I so enjoyed talking with her at the Phillips annual reunions. I extend my condolences for the loss of a lovely lady.

    Diane Reed (wife of the late Phillip Reed)


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