Barbara Imig Foster

Feb. 6, 1935 – Sept. 17, 2010

Barbara Imig Foster, 75, died peacefully at home in Sammamish, Wash., on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

She is survived by her daughter, Anne Foley, and her husband, Brendan Foley, and grandsons, Danny and Connor of Sammamish; her son, Andrew C. Foster, and his wife, Catherine Foster, and grandchildren, Brady, Luke and Lexi of Concord, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Terence Foster; brother, Charles Imig; and sister, Margaret Imig.

Born in Waukesha on Feb. 6, 1935, to Edith and Wilbur Imig, she was raised by her mother Edith, brother Charlie and Aunt Hazie.

Barbara completed her education in Waukesha, undergraduate studies at Florida Southern, and then graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Nursing. Her spirit of compassion and caring manifested itself in her chosen career of nursing.

From Chicago, she moved to New York City where she met her husband, Terence. She then moved with Terence and her two small children (Anne and Andrew) to Brussels, Belgium.

She lost her husband to an early death in Belgium and then single-handedly raised her two children in Arlington Heights, Ill., where she resumed her nursing career.

Upon retirement from nursing, she moved to Sammamish to be closer to her family.

At every stage of her life, she made an impact on those around her and developed a very strong network of friends that remain to this day. In her caring, compassionate and loving manner, her legacy will live forever in all the people she touched.

Words cannot describe how much you will be missed. We love you and thank you for your impact on all of our lives!

Barbara will be laid to rest at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245 ( or 877-272-6226).