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Sister of Kathy Kujawa Keim ’70 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 20, 2015

Barbara Burson


Barbara Ann (Kujawa)

On Friday, February 13, 2015, Barb lost her more than two year battle with pancreatic cancer, leaving peacefully from her home that evening. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her and whose lives she touched while visiting this world.

Barb was born in Toledo in 1946, graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1964 and continued her education at The University of Toledo. While still in high school, she worked part time at Ohio Bell and Rogers National Research, continuing off and on at RNR part time while raising a family. In 1986, she became owner/partner in Survey Research Associates, a small marketing research company specializing in automotive research where she stayed until her retirement in early 2012. Barb enjoyed this career mainly because of the wonderful people she met and worked with and the requirement to travel around the country.

Her favorite vacation was a spring week spent in Hilton Head, SC, where she enjoyed sunning, sightseeing, eating at nice restaurants and shopping – not necessarily in that order. One of her more recent passions was watching tennis, especially traveling to Cincinnati for the Western-Southern Open in August to see her favorite player, Rafa, and to visit with her granddaughters. She also made several trips to London, Paris and most recently to Annecy, France and Geneva, all cities that she dearly loved. She thoroughly enjoyed the many summer afternoons and evenings in the quiet and serenity of her back porch by the water. And, of course, Saturday afternoons in the fall were spent watching Notre Dame football.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Eugene and Helen Kujawa, and her uncle, Norton Cassady, a retired Captain with the TPD. Surviving are her husband/partner of 19 years, Richard Billmaier; sons, Michael and Jeffrey (Michelle); sister, Kathy Keim; two granddaughters, Kyra and Emma; stepchildren, Brent (Joy) and Brooke Billmaier; plus her cat, Murphy.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. from 2:00-8:00 p.m. where a scripture service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the mortuary followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church. Interment will be private.

Contributions to the

in lieu of flowers are requested. You can view and sign the online “guest registry” at:

Funeral Home

Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 865-1295

Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 17, 2015

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