Barbara L. Hanke


April 22, 1931 - Jan. 29, 2013



Barbara L. Hanke, 81, of Helenville, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at her home.


She was born April 22, 1931, in the Town of Lake, the daughter of Homer and Frances (Sayres) Isham. She married Alfred Hanke Jr. on April 25, 1953, in Milwaukee.


She was a member of St. Peterís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helenville, a member of the Ladies Aide, and served on the Flower and Alter Committee for many years. She loved gardening, sewing kids clothing and wedding gowns, and enjoyed acrylic painting.


She is survived by her husband, Alfred Hanke Jr. of Helenville; her children, Mike (Cathy) Hanke of Green Bay and their children, Erin, Emma and Hannah; Nannette (Dave) Farris of Pittsburgh, Pa., and their children, Charlie and Angie; Natalie Hanke of Iola and her children, Jenny and Mike; and Laura (Jeff) Ott of Helenville and their children, Christian, Marcus and Dylan; three brothers, Gilbert (Ardy) Isham of New London, William  Isham of Waukesha and George (Nancy) Isham of Denver; two sisters, Betty Carstensen and Mary Alberti, both of Brookfield; and other relatives and many friends.  


She was preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil and Homer.


Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. Peterís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helenville with the Rev. Lance A. Hoff officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Helenville.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Peterís Church in Helenville.


Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson, 920-674-4300, is assisting the family with arrangements.