Barbara Ann Hurtado
Dec. 30, 1939 — Aug. 17, 2017
Barbara Ann Hurtado passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017, at AngelsGrace Hospice with her family by her side at the age of 77. She was born in Pewaukee to her late parents, Evelyn (Gilman) and Edward Russell, on December 30, 1939.
In 1960, she married her only love and late husband Felix Hurtado Jr. and they built a life together in Waukesha. After raising their children, Barb enjoyed working as a professional caregiver in group homes. She eventually had to retire from Lutheran Social Services. She spent much of her life caring for others and she was passionate about doing so. Even after retiring, she volunteered her help and would not have had it any other way.
Barb lived life through simple pleasures that always included her family. She especially enjoyed visits with all her grandchildren. She enjoyed music, going out to lunch, walks in the park, family picnics and traveling. In her most recent days, she was blessed by opportunities and friendships made possible at Curative Care Network, a senior citizen center. She discovered her artistic abilities, had an opportunity to reach out to help others again and began to meet many new friends. It was there she created a painting, “The Gray Squirrel,” with the support of a program called “Memories in the Making.” She was an honored artist of the program and her painting is part of a collection currently exhibited in Milwaukee. Her painting was one of 66 pieces selected out of over 1,000 entries. Barb also cherished her friendships and fun times going bowling, to community outings, and finding a way to sneak a sweet treat with her buddies at Curative.
Barb was preceded in death by her sisters, Patricia Kumferman and Kathy Clemins, and brother John Russell.
She is survived by her brother James Russell; her loving children, Debra Mikich (Bill), Rick Hurtado (Dawn), Roxanne Gomez (Joe) and Sandy Seppala (Ken); her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Cassandra Virgen (Anibal), Dustin Hurtado, Rebecca Gomez, Billy Mikich, Collin Gallagher, Nicolas Gomez, Kegan Newman-Gomez and Karina Virgen; and her cat Odie. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. We will all miss her deeply.
It was Barb’s wishes that a private service and burial be held. The family would like to thank all of those who cared for her and offered support. A special thank you to Angels-Grace Hospice and Curative Care for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers and memorials to the family, donations to Curative Care would be appreciated. Please send donations to Curative Care, Attn: Community Relations at 1000 N. 92nd St., Milwaukee, WI 53226, or online at www.curative.org.
Cremation Society of Waukesha is serving the family. For more information, call 262-436-9400 or visit online at www.cremationsocietyofwaukesha.com.