Barbara Constance Ballmann

Jan. 6, 1953 Ė June 26, 2010

Barbara Ballmann of Waukesha died peacefully Saturday, June 26, 2010, at AngelsGrace Hospice at the age of 57. She was born Jan. 6, 1953, to Lacey and Richard Ballmann in Waukesha, where she grew up and attended Waukesha South High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music and the humanities from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., and her Master of Science degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She started her career as a music teacher in Gainesville, Texas, then taught for many years at Whittier Elementary, where she was loved by her "smallmentees" and her fellow teachers. Through the years, she volunteered time, service and gifts to many civic organizations, including the Friends of the Library and the Humane Animal Welfare Society. Barbara will be remembered for her quiet integrity, loving generosity, her sincerity, and her loyalty and devotion to family and friends. She was known for her caring and sensitive nature and her great love for music, books, the cottage "up north" and animals.

She will be deeply missed by her loving mother, Lacey Tandy Ballmann of Waukesha; her three sisters who cherished her, Betsy and Peggy Ballmann and Missy McFarlane, all of Waukesha; her precious niece, Amanda McFarlane; great-niece, Kierra, and great-nephew, Dominick of West Allis; her dear aunt, Constance Chambers and family of Tulsa, Okla.; and her dear friend, Peggy Richardson of Denton, Texas.

Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved father, Richard Ballmann, and her devoted aunt, Ruth Tandy.

A memorial service to celebrate Barbís life will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at First Presbyterian Church, 810 N. East Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Dee Talley will preside. A reception and fellowship will follow the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, Barbara wished for donations to be made to HAWS, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188; Friends of the Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186; or AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.