Barbara Ann Purtell, 88

Barbara Ann PurtellBarbara Ann Purtell (nee Ibsen-Rilling), April 30, 1926-Dec. 8, 2014.

At the age of 88, she passed away peacefully surrounded by her dear friends, Jan Nosse and Pat Jipson along with her therapy dog, Elliot, who comforted her on “the journey” before passing.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert A. Rogge, and adoptive parents, Edna and Werner Rilling. She leaves behind her second husband, Michael Purtell, her four children, Cynthia Thompson (Steve), Christine Gorham (Wayne Kruer), Dennis Rogge and JoAnn Rogge, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

She lived a full life raising four children in Glendale, and moved to Hartford when all but the youngest, JoAnn, left home. Her love for playing Our family is grateful for hospice nurse Linda Hill’s compassion and all therapists for their loving care. Special gratitude to Linda Stone of Matthew’s Senior Living whose unconditional love gave her a sense of belonging that provided so much happiness in her last days.

“Safe journey, Mom! You are a true star amongst the angels. We love you forever! I can hear you saying as you watch over us from above, ‘Just like downtown, only not so crowded!’” In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Season’s Hospice & Palliative Care, 6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2150, West Allis, WI 53214. Feerick Funeral Home, Shorewood, is assisting the family; 414-962-8383.