Barbara Jordan Bache-Wiig 
Jan. 25, 1922 — July 3, 2015


What goes into a lifetime.
 

Barbara Jordan Bache-Wiig, born Jan. 25, 1922, died peacefully July 3, 2015, at 93 years of age.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leberg Jordan; mother, Alfrida Jordan; husband, Robert Olai Bache-Wiig; and son, John Jordan Bache-Wiig.

She is survived by three children, Anne Lindenberg (Bruce), Ben Bache-Wiig (Margaret) and Martha Bache-Wiig (James Kucek), and nine grandchildren, Sarah Cornick (Andrew), Peter Bache-Wiig, Meredith Bache-Wiig, Grace Bache-Wiig, Jon Lindenberg, Sara d’Ipolito, Francesco d’Ipolito, Courtney Kucek and Alec Kucek.

Barbara lived life to the fullest. She grew up in Minneapolis during the Great Depression. She graduated from the university with a BA in 1947 and a MS in speech pathology in 1952. Barb pursued a career in speech therapy and had a private practice for many years. She married Robert Bache-Wiig in 1945 and they raised four children in Waukesha. Barbara endured the tragic loss of her youngest son, John, in 1972. She was a great friend to many and shared her passions willingly. Dedicated to lifelong learning she practiced yoga, became a poet, publishing a number of volumes, played in her community band, studied Italian and championed the rights of women. She was also a teacher who developed and taught courses: Infertility Insights and Adoption Insights for UWW. To each of these pursuits she brought an infectious smile and an indomitable spirit embodied in her motto, “Onward.”

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at the Retzer Nature Center, S14-W28167 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188, on Sunday July 26, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Friends are invited to share a memory of Barb.

Memorials are preferred to The Women’s Center in Waukesha or the Retzer Nature Center.