Barbara M. Oakley

Barbara M. Oakley, 83, died at her home in the Cedar Ridge apartments, West Bend, on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007.

She was born in Chicago, Ill. on Aug. 10, 1924, to Mary (Nicholson) and Merritt Matteson.

Her high school years were spent in DePere and LaCrosse, and she graduated from Milwau-kee Downer Seminary in 1942. She enjoyed attending reunions of all three high schools.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1946.

On Sept. 8, 1944, Barbara married John T. Oakley in Madison. He died in March 1988.

Barbara lived in Beaver Dam, from 1955 to 1990 and in West Bend since 1990.

Barbara served for many years on the board of education of the Beaver Dam school district.

She was a proud member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, serving as Wisconsin state president and holding many other offices.

She was also a member of the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, the Mayflower Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Episcopal Church.

Barbara was very active in the Cursillo movement for Christian renewal.

As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, she drove patients to their appointments for over 10 years. She also was a multi-gallon blood donor.

Barbara enjoyed bridge, scrabble, puzzles, travel and family gatherings; she especially enjoyed the family cabin in Winchester, Vilas County.

She was a superb cook and an avid reader.

Barbara and John had two children, James Oakley (Anne Chartier) of Ashland, and Char-les Oakley of San Diego.

She is also survived by one grandchild, William Oakley, of Los Angeles; by Johnís brother-in-law, Phillip Regensdorf, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; by her brotherís widow, Ilene Matteson, of Littleton, Colo.; and by her nieces and nephews, Jean Nielsen, Paul Regensdorf and Anne Jones in Florida; Mark Matteson of West Allis; David Matteson of Chicago; and Donald Matteson and Tom Matteson in California.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John Matteson, and her parents.

A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, West Bend, toward the end of January 2008, with details to be announced.

Memorials will be accepted for Episcopal Relief and Develop-ment, through St. James Church.