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“Big Tom and Little Tom, you will both be in my thoughts and prayers. We were all very fortunate to have spent time with Barbara. ”
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“Dear family, Barbara will be missed on this earth. She has gone to be with our Heavenly Father and we will meet again. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
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“Barbara was the go to cousin to bring unbridled enthusiasm and support to the cousins' picnics and annual holiday gathering. The love for her Toms,...Read More »
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“Our prayers are with you! ”
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“I really enjoyed having you as a little cousin and doing a lot of fun things together...playing Barbies, having sleepovers, jumping rope and hiding...Read More »
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Barbara Jean Rawski, age 63 of Clinton Township, died Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan. She was born January 6, 1955 in Detroit, daughter of Geraldine (nee: Ruvolo) Hill and the late Arthur Hill.

Growing up in Detroit, Barbara attended and was a proud graduate of the iconic Finney High School. While in high school, she studied more than the books as a great deal of her attention was extended to a nice young man by the name of Thomas, and the two became what is known affectionately as "High School Sweetheart's." This young romance would eventually blossom and ultimately lead them both to the altar of marriage, a journey as husband & wife they would share for the next 38 years together.

Barbara was a wonderful wife, mother, and a treasured friend to all who were fortunate enough to know her. She touched so many people's lives, helping as many as she was able in her journey through life. She possessed a heart of compassion that reached out to all around her and left an impression on the souls of so many. Along with being a consummate homemaker, Barbara cherished her handicapped son and devoted her life in working with, teaching, and loving on him as often as possible. A mother's love runs deep, but there truly was no measurement for the depth of her love for Thomas. Along with her special boy came a strength and capacity to care as only Heaven could give,…and in turn, she gave in abundance.

When she was able to find a little time to herself, Barbara possessed a bit of an artistic flair which often was forged through her love of ceramics. She was great with her hands and managed to create many wonderful pieces over the years. Another handicraft she was known for was sewing. Whether she was mending something or fabricating something from scratch, Barbara had some incredible skills as a seamstress and loved being able to exercise her talents.

Barbara was also a huge lover of Springtime, with all of its new beginnings and wonderful aromas that accompanied the fresh growth of the flowers, shrubs and trees as they awoke from their winter slumber. And on occasion, you'd find Barbara scratching another favorite itch as she made her way to the Motor City Casino in downtown Detroit. There was just something special about giving Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money that filled Barbara with excitement and enthusiasm. It never ceased to provide her just the right amount of chance and fun, all wrapped up into one.

But of course, her greatest joys and pleasures in life were those surrounded by her family and friends, creating the many special memories that she often reflected upon and held close to her heart. Being with those she loved is what life was all about, and she always made the most of it,…not only for herself, but for everyone in tow. Barbara leaves a legacy of love that is sure to warm the hearts of all who remember and embrace the joy it was to know her. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Barbara was the beloved wife of Thomas, dearest mother of Thomas. Loving daughter of Geraldine (the late Arthur) Hill and sister of Arthur Jr. (Vikki) Hill, Bruce (Cathy) Hill, and Gary (Sandy) Hill. Aunt of Gary Jr., and the late Chris Groesbeck. Cherished family and friend of Diane & Gary Hess and other loving family and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren.

Please share memories of Barbara at her memory book above.