Celebrating the life of

Barbara M. "Bobbie" King

Passed away on April 23, 2020

Barbara M.

Bobbie King, 93, long time former resident of St. Charles, Illinois and current resident of the Marshes of Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia, died peacefully April 23, 2020 surrounded by her beloved daughters. 

Bobbie was born April 20, 1927 in Schenectady, New York, and was the pride and joy of her late parents Stephen and Rhea Miller.  She grew up in Schenectady and it was there where she met and married the love of her life, Bertram J. “Bert” King, on April 12, 1947.  Together they built a beautiful family and were the example of true love to each other and their children.   Bert’s career at 3M took them to many parts of the country finally taking them to St. Charles, Illinois in 1969.

She was both a woman of her time and yet was quintessentially modern.  Bobbie was utterly devoted to her family but still found the time to found a thriving real estate business, Bobbie King Realty, in St. Charles, Illinois. In recognition of her accomplishments in business the Fox Valley Board of Realtors named her President of the Board and Realtor of the year in 1989.  Bobbie was managing broker at Starck Realty and Fox Valley Realtors. She was actively involved selling real estate into her late 80’s, a fifty-year career. 

Bobbie was an avid bridge player with many master points.  She always said you will never be lonely if you play cards and that proved true when she moved to the Marshes at Skidaway Island in 2017.  She found many friends there whom she dearly loved and will surely miss.  She often said she wished she moved to the Marshes sooner.  Bobbie loved the city of Savannah, it’s history, charm, weather, and restaurants.

Bobbie was also a long-time member of St. Charles Country Club.  She loved to entertain and was an accredited master flower arranger and flower show judge.  Her table was always adorned with beautifully arranged flowers.  Bobbie had a passion for antiques and she collected many beautiful items.  Her home was a reflection of her taste and style.

The greatest treasure of her life was her family.  She is survived by her three loving daughters, Cynthia Harkins of Hawthorne, New Jersey, Pamela (Robert) Richey of Savannah, Georgia, and Barbara (Thomas) Wasinger of Hays, Kansas; her seven loving grandchildren, Matthew (Victoria) Wasinger, Andrew Wasinger, Anne Marie (Garrett) Hager, Mark Wasinger, Lauren (Ryan) Doyle, Stephen Smith, and Douglas Harkins; her two great-grandchildren, Gentry Hager and Isabella Wasinger.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Bertram Joseph King and her parents Stephen and Rhea Miller.

Bobbie and her family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregiver, Monica Cody, who provided great comfort to her and her family.

A funeral mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Savannah, Georgia and due to the coronavirus, a celebration of her life will be held at the Marshes and St. Patrick’s Church in St. Charles, Illinois when conditions permit.  

In lieu of flowers, donations to GHC Foundation (Hospice), Post Office Box 15665, Savannah, Georgia 31416 are appreciated.





A truly gracious lady.

- Fr. Felix Petrovsky, O.F.M.Cap., Victoria, Kansas

So very sorry for the loss of your special mother. Such a legacy that she has left. Prayers for you all and may wonderful memories of times spent together and the love of family and friends bring you peace and comfort.

- Teri and Steve Malnar, Clarksville , Tennessee

So sorry for the loss of your mom. May God welcome her home and many prayers for your family at this time of sorrow.

- Michelle McRae , Hays , KS

So sorry to hear of Bobbie's passing. I was just talking about her as I passed the home she had here in St Charles. I knew both Bobbie and Bert for many years. She was a great & strong lady and had a great life - very deservingly so.

- April (Heinemann) Long, St Charles, Illinois

Linda and I want to extend our sincere condolences to the entire King family. Bobbie was a cherished friend for many years. She and I used to kid one another that she was "my chick". I don't think she thought Bert would mind that. In every way, Bobbie way truly a remarkable woman. A lady of dignity and class, with a tremendous sense of humor. She always made us feel special. It hasn't been the same since she left St. Charles. If St. Peter isn't a bridge player, I suspect he's about to learn. (I'm sure Bobbie would never refer to him as "the dummy" unless she had previously taught him the language.) God Bless You, Bobbie. Rest in Peace.

- Hoefener, Doug and Linda, St. Charles, IL

We were blessed to have known Bobbie for 18 years while living in The Hunt Club neighborhood of St. Charles where Bobbie resided for many years. She was classy and sassy, and we have so many fond memories of enjoying with Bobbie great laughs, important conversations and much sparring between Pat and Bobbie. Pat also feels so blessed that she got to talk with Bobbie on the phone on the morning of her passing. She was still as sharp as ever. We would all be blessed to have lived life as fully as she did. Much love and sympathy goes to your family, whom Bobbie talked about and loved endlessly. Troy, Pat, Mackenzie and Reagan Stanton

- Troy and Pat Stanton, Saint Charles, IL

Bobbi and I had so much fun at the bridge table, perhaps that's why we didn't place too often. She was a grand lady.

- Karen Flood, Loudon, TN

I am fortunate to have been in the real estate business during Bobbie's career. She was a credit to the industry and a very giving resource for her fellow Realtors and our Association. She was a "trailblazer" and a most successful salesperson. It was great to have known her.

- John McEnroe, Aurora, IL

Eternal Rest Grant Unto her, o Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace

- Brandel, Morgantown, WV

To all Bobbie's family, my deepest condolences, she was the best!!!

- David Schonback, Geneva, Illinois

many blessings in this time of sorrow, just thought of her the other day on her birthday. may the family be at peace as she rests with Bert

- Dennis Baran, Stcharles, IL

I knew Bobbi for just a short period as my landlord but i admired her spirit and was grateful for the opportunity to be her tenant even for a short period. My condolences to the family.

- Patrice sibert, ST charles, IL

Bobbie and I enjoyed bridge together and we shared many laughs. We carpooled together to our bridge games before she left St Charles. She was an elegant person and so kind. I was so lucky to have known her.

- Kendall Tokarski, SAINT CHARLES, Illinois

My sincerest condolences to the family, Bobbie was so sweet.

- Al Bowen, Pingree Grove , IL

Bobbie was an icon. She was bright, sharp, kind, stylish and proud of her family. We lived in Hunt Club for 12 years and she was memorable - even to my husband - who couldn't keep Pat. Linda and Sue straight. Surly, she is enjoying a very fine wine with her beloved Bert.

- Dawn and John Kiedaisch, Saint Charles, Illinois

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

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