Barbara Ann Wendt

02/21/1939 - 06/23/2024


Obituary For Barbara Ann Wendt

Barbara Ann Wendt, 85, of Westfield, WI, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2024, at Our House Assisted Living in Chippewa Falls.

Born Barbara Ann Hunkel to Roland and Adele (Volk) Hunkel on February 21, 1939, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she left us on June 23, 2024.

Barbara (“Bubs”) went to Grant Street Elementary, Walker Junior High & South Division High School in Milwaukee, where she met Jim Wendt. They were married Sept 17, 1960, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

Before moving to Chippewa Falls in 1972, she worked for Milwaukee Gas Company as their insurance secretary. After the family moved to Chippewa Falls, she worked as a loan secretary at Chippewa Savings and Loan (Anchor Bank) until her retirement.

Barbara was a member of English Lutheran Church of Bateman (ELCB) until 2000, when she and Jim became snowbirds and moved to Westfield, WI and Ft. Myers, FL. Barbara was a member of ELCB’s church choir, their woman’s Faith Circle, and was a member of the altar guild.

Barbara was a very crafty person. She loved to sew quilts, table runners, wall hangings or anything that had a pattern to it. She helped make ELCB’s Chrismon ornaments & made banners to hang in the church. She was also a member of the Holiday Condo sewing club in Fort Myers.

Barbara was very musical. At an early age she played the piano. She sometimes accompanied ELCB’s church choir on the spur of the moment. She would play the Wurlitzer organ at home once in a while, if the kids weren’t playing it. Once they moved from Chippewa Falls, Barbara played clarinet and saxophone in community bands with her husband and dear friends Joanie & Rich Nimmer.

Barbara was everyone’s cheerleader. From cheering on her musical children and grandchildren to cheering on her great-grandson at ball games, she loved seeing her family follow their dreams.

Barbara is survived by her husband, James Wendt; son, Gary Wendt; daughter, Linda (Mike) Downey; grandchildren Tiffany (Dan) DePriest, Sasha (Jason) Spickler; great-grandchildren Jaxon & Kinsley DePriest; sister Marilyn Campbell, nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives & friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Herbert & Esther Wendt; brothers-in-law, Ken Campbell & Ben Chamberlain; sister-in-law, Jean Chamberlain; and numerous other relatives.

Inurnment will be Saturday, July 27, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery in Mattoon, Wisconsin. A luncheon will follow at Chet and Emil's in Birnamwood, Wisconsin.

The family would like to thank the incredible staff at Our House Senior Living - Chippewa Falls Assisted Care & Memory Care and Interim Hospice for their outstanding compassion for and dedication to those they care for.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to your local memory care facility are preferred.

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  • 07/02/2024

    The last time we met for lunch it was evident how much Jim loved and cared for Bubs. He loving referred to her as "Doll". That reference took me back to a time when we were all very close and saw each other weekly. I have so many memories of those times. Laughing, singing, Auntie Del or Uncle Rollie playing the organ. We are all so lucky to have those memories.

  • 06/28/2024

    Judging from the impact Barbara 's son Gary has had, she and her husband must be wonderful folks and so we join her friends and family in mourning her passing. Ann and Peter Grant.

  • 06/25/2024

    Love, comfort, and prayers to Jim, Gary, and Linda and our whole family. I love Bubs so much and will always miss her ❤️

  • 06/25/2024

    I'm so blessed to have been able to meet and care for Barb and her wonderful family. Her love for her family was unmatched! She was always thinking of you and what she needed to do to help out. We are all missing our Ba-ber-ann.. Just kidding Barb! Fly high beautiful soul.

  • 06/24/2024

    In loving memory of our "Auntie Barb" - may you now rest in peace. Thank you for being my "adopted mom" and being such a loving presence in our lives. We will miss you! Our hearts go out to "Uncle Jim", Gary, Linda and family during this difficult time...we hold you all close to our hearts. Much Love to you all....Scott and Sue

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