Barbara ‘Barb’ Diane Jatczak
March 5, 1939 — Jan. 5, 2017
Barbara “Barb” Diane Jatczak (nee Hansen), age 77, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a short illness at home on January 5, 2017. She was born March 5, 1939.
She is survived by her three children, Kristin (Dan Barber) of Waukesha, Brian of Waukesha and Mark (Shana) of Cottage Grove; her brother, Jim Hansen (Karen Hipkins) of Berkeley, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Jordan, Auden, Preston and Sabella.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jerome “Jerry,” and her parents, Russ and Dorothy Hansen.
Barbara was born in Racine and lived on Hayes Avenue for many years, becoming active in Girl Scouts and acquiring a taste for Danish kringle. After graduating from Washington Park High School in Racine, she went onto UW-Oshkosh and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and teaching. She began her teaching career in the Racine school system and later subbed in the Palmyra-Eagle School District. After teaching and raising her family, she started working at the Alice Baker Memorial Library in Eagle as a librarian and eventually became its director. She also enjoyed working at Old World Wisconsin with her favorite area being the Finnish-Dane settlement. Working there brought her a lot of joy and she developed a lot of long-lasting friendships.
After retiring from the library, it was rare that you would catch her at home for very long. She was always on the go whether it be volunteering at the Retzer Nature Center, the Eagle Historical Society, Friends of Alice Baker Library, Eagle election polls, reading to children at Eagle Elementary or helping out with the fish fry at St. Theresa’s church. She also took two trips to Belize with a church group and helped to build a senior center there. Before her illness began, she loved hiking on and monitoring her segment of the Ice Age Trail in Waukesha County. She also enjoyed her book club meetings and meeting her friends regularly at Culver’s.
A gracious and thoughtful person, Barb left an impression of kindness on everyone she met. There are so many people to thank for their outpouring of support, kindness, frequent visits and meals that they brought over during her illness.
A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 12, at 11:00AM at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 136 W. Waukesha Road, Eagle, with Father Mick Savio officiating. Burial will follow at St. Theresa Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00AM until Mass time.
Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory of Eagle is assisting the family, 262-594-2442. For the online guest registry, please go to www.haaselockwoodfhs.com.