Barbara Blakney Brumder


June 12, 1925 - Dec. 26, 2012



Barbara Blakney Brumder came to rest Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, peacefully at her family  home on North Lake surrounded by her children, grandchildren and “Bobbie” (Opi), her devoted husband of 67 years. She was born June 12, 1925, as the only child of Janet and George Blakney.


Barbara brought happiness and smiles  everywhere she went. “We lost an angel and true pal,” said Opi. Barbara lived a full and joyful life. She was known as “B” to her adoring grandchildren, “Blanche” to her husband, and Aunt Barbie to many relatives and friends.


Barbara’s most beloved legacy was her five children, Thekla and Richard Sanford, Robo and Kathy Brumder, Charlie and Katie Brumder, Amy and Scott Nunnally, and David Brumder; her 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Barbara grew up in Milwaukee, raised her family on Pine Lake and enjoyed her last 36 years in her family home, Hopkins Place, on North Lake. Barbara and Bob loved the Arizona desert mountains and their homes at Bitter Creek Ranch near Castle Hot Springs and Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg, Ariz., where they spent their winters. Barbara was a dedicated and active board member of the Kettle Moraine Garden Club, the Milwaukee Ballet, The Living Church, Planned Parenthood of Milwaukee, University Lake School and Stratford Hall in Virginia. She was a lifelong Episcopalian who was a founding member of St. Anskar’s Church in Hartland and a member of St. Alban’s Church in Wickenburg, Ariz. Always avoiding the limelight, she preferred to support others with her gentle ways of quiet compassion and words of encouragement. Gracious entertaining and preparing fabulous meals were  special gifts Barbara offered her family and friends, whether over a campfire in Little Hells Canyon, Ariz., or in her welcoming homes. On the day her spirit left our world, one of her granddaughters wrote: “She lived a truly beautiful life; traveling with family, gardening, cooking, entertaining, horse back riding, hunting with her husband, swimming and fishing in North Lake and loving her children, grandchildren and their spouses”: Kayt (Brumder) and Jorge Pereira, Fritz and Molly (Denk) Brumder, Blakeney Sanford and her fiancé Bennett Williams, Bradley (Brumder) and Eddie Wabiszewski, Ellery (Brumder) and Quentin Thomas, Thekla (Brumder) and Dylan Ross, Karley, Lexi and Eily Brumder, and Sophie and Avery Nunnally, and her great-grandchildren: Reina Williams, Augie, Charlotte and Molly Wabiszewski, Solari and Ike Brumder.    


The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to B’s loving caregivers: Trish, Bev, Lee Ann, Terri, Susan, Sara, Colleen, Lynn and her devoted cook, Kay Karpinski.


A service will be held in Barbara’s honor 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at St. Anskar’s Episcopal Church, N48-W31340 State Road, Hartland. The family will greet guests beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the church until the time of the service.


In lieu of flowers, please remember Barbara with a memorial to Tall Pines Conservancy, University Lake School or St. Anskar’s Church.


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