Barbara Holland Sidler was born February 6, 1929, in Evanston, Illinois. She died April 30, 2021, in Fargo, ND. She was raised in the Cottonwood/New Haven, Illinois, area.
At age eighteen Barbara graduated from the University of Illinois in 1947. While a wife and mother and employed full-time by the Inland Steel Company she graduated from the Chicago Kent College of Law in 1967. As an attorney she worked initially for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Springfield, Illinois and later for the US Environmental Protection Agency in both Chicago and Washington DC.
She loved to travel and visited many countries including the USSR twice, Iran and Afghanistan. She spent a year 1984/1985 traveling the world. After retiring from the law, she worked at the Visitor’s Center in Arlington, Virginia, and volunteered as a docent at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
In 2007 she moved to Fargo to be close to her daughter and where she continued to be an avid reader and enjoyed her memberships in the American Association of University Women, Book Club, and Daughters of the American Revolution as well as attending the concerts of the Fargo/Moorhead Symphony.
She is survived by her children Rose Ingberman, Sandra E. (D.A. Davis) Sidler, and Philip K. (Norma) Sidler; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law Ann (Durham) Holland; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Knight O. and Elizabeth (Stein) Holland and her brother Robert K. Holland.
There will be a memorial for her this next summer at Union Ridge Cemetery in rural White County, Southern Illinois, where she will be entombed next to her parents and brother.
Barbara Sidler’s Family expresses its sincere appreciation to the staff at Bethany on University for their care of her for these last four years. And to Ethos Hospice for their care during her final days.