Barbara Jane Hopkins

Aug. 13, 1916 - April 19, 2009

Barbara Jane Hopkins of Oconomowoc passed away Sunday, April 19, 2009, at age 92. Barbara was born to Otilie Eleanor Mauer and Alfred Edgar Gregory on Aug. 13, 1916, in Austin, Minn. She graduated from Waukesha High School in 1933 and from Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont in 1937. She later attended Graduate School of Social Work Administration at the University of Chicago and the Graduate School of Medical Social Work in Cleveland and received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She married Lt. Harry Keech Hopkins on Dec. 28, 1948.

She was the proud mother of John Gregory Hopkins of Woodbridge, Va., and Jennifer Beth Hopkins-Myers (Keith Myers) of Oconomowoc; and proud grandmother of Benjamin John Myers, attending the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, and Sarah Beth Myers, attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her professional career began at Children’s Service in Milwaukee from 1938 to 1943; the Military Welfare Department in the American Red Cross from 1943 to 1948; executive secretary of the American Red Cross for Waukesha County from 1948 to 1949; field director for American Red Cross at Fort Clayton Army Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone from 1950 to 1952; medical social worker at Fort Knox, Ky., Military Hospital from 1959 to 1961; and she began the Waukesha Public Schools Social Work Department and worked there from 1961 to 1982. She also worked part time doing social work after retirement with the early childhood special education programs in Waukesha schools from 1982 to 1993.

She was an active and proud participant on various boards at the Oconomowoc First Congregational United Church of Christ, a volunteer at the Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and a fundraiser for Sunburst Homes (a treatment center of children of abuse) in Neilsville. She loved working with people, especially young children with the goal of prevention and to help ensure school success.

Barbara led a happy, meaningful life and loved her work and her family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Saturday, April 25, at Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc.

Memorials to the American Red Cross, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County or AngelsGrace Hospice are appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.