Barbara Schreiber Hamlow died peacefully at home on October 28, 2023. She was born to deaf parents, Philip and AnnaMae (Ridler) Schreiber, in Flint, Michigan on Halloween in 1928. The untimely death of her father meant she, along with her mother and sisters, moved to the home of her grandparents on the Kalamazoo River near Galesburg, Michigan where she grew up.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sisters, Phyllis Schreiber Van Vranken and Virginia Schreiber Lane.
Barbara graduated from Kalamazoo College and was employed as a feature writer/editor for the company magazine of The Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo. She married the love of her life, Eugene E. Hamlow, in 1954 and they moved to Evansville, Indiana where she lovingly raised three children, Emilie Hamlow Gottsegen (Tom O'Brien), Philip John Hamlow (Stacy), and Catherine Hamlow Edelman (Brian). She has six grandchildren. Her volunteer work supported The League of Women Voters, Evansville Deaf Social Services, the United Way, Great Expectations, and Republican party politics. She will be remembered as an advocate for the homeless by championing a group of volunteers called Lutherans for habitat and was proud of the many homes they funded and built through Habitat for Humanity of Evansville.
Barbara was passionate about the decorative arts, especially needlepoint, and led the crafters who, over a period of several years, designed and created beautiful needlework cushions for the sanctuary of St. Mark's Lutheran Church where she was an active member.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2300 Washington Ave., Evansville, IN 47714 at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2023.
Gifts in Barbara's memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Evansville, 560 E. Diamond Ave., Evansville, IN 47711.
Condolences may be made online at
Browning Funeral Home
738 Diamond Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47711