In Memory of




Obituary for Barbara J. Cichy

Barbara Jean Cichy, 80, of Kalamazoo, MI (formerly of Delton), passed away on January 11, 2023. Barbara was born on October 15, 1942 in Superior, WI and raised by Catherine (D) and Raymond Garcia (D). Her brother Raymond Jr. Garcia and close friend Anna predeceased Barbara. Barbara grew up in California, later moving to Michigan where she was married and had three daughters, Gigi, Monique and Jacqueline in addition to six grandchildren, which she often referred to as her ‘little dividends’. Additional surviving family members are her loving sister Deanne, her cousins Kathy and Maxine, and her Uncle Pete. There were many special people in Barbara’s life; Pat was someone whom she would spend hours on the phone talking about anything and everything on a daily basis. Doug, Carol, and Deb who were her teachers, friends, and an emotional support system for many years; Bonnie, her incredible and amazing friend of 45 years whom we can’t thank enough for all your guidance, patience, support, and unwavering friendship. Barbara loved being on the lake and was incredibly talented with her crafts, most notably she enjoyed making quilts and then giving them away. She had an exceptionally giving heart and would always be one of the first to reach out and help someone in need. Everyone that knew Barbara saw she was always passionate with a zest for life, which continued to the end. Although the last few years have been a struggle, it was made easier through the help and support of some truly amazing people that were part of Barbara’s life; we are forever thankful for everything all of you have done. Thank you Dr. Bradtke for the years of care. Thank you to Callie, her visiting nurse and to Teri and Steph from Ascension health care providers during her final days. Nicole, thank you for giving her the opportunity to stay living at home as long as possible, she loved your visits and spending time with you. Thank you to her wonderful caregiver Jenny, we know Barb rearranged your office more times than you can count and we appreciate your patience and care, it really meant a lot to her. Thank you to Larissa and Amy from Milestone Senior Services for your help and assistance during the last few years and her final day. Lauren we really appreciate your help with placement and care. A very special thank you to The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (Hastings and Kalamazoo Ward) for your visits, emotional support, and help around the house. Finally, thank you Uncle Paul & Aunt Cindi for being a huge support system. A private service will be conducted later. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Barry County Humane Society, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association, or an organization that you feel strongly for. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Barbara’s family.