Barbara Wunsch, age 94, died on April 2nd 2013, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Barbara was born February 10th, 1919, in Chicago, to George and Katherine (Zimmer) Aschenbrenner. She graduated from Loyola University St. Anne’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1945. In 1946, she married Charles A. Wunsch, M.D., in Chicago. She was preceded in death by her husband, sons, Robert and Christopher and daughter, Paula Marie Kyllonen.
Survivors include three children, Marie L. Goodman, Linda A. Shaw (Michael), David J. Wunsch and son-in-law Ben Kyllonen. Barbara is also survived by grandchildren, Rachel M. deLong, M.D. (Eric), Jenna N. Goodman (Brock Boddie), Christian A. Shaw, M.D., Kevin A. Shaw (Lisa), and Andrew J. Kyllonen; five great-grandchildren include, Malcolm, Garrett and Clara deLong, Colvin Boddie and Draeger Shaw. Sisters include, Marianne Rouse (Richard), Rita Ryan (Robert) and Angela Ambrose (Lewis). She was preceded in death by three sisters, Dolores Aschenbrenner, Geraldine Corcoran, Helen Wilde (Thomas) and three brothers, Rev. George F., Herbert J., and Robert J. Aschenbrenner. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
Barbara had a full and giving life of service to others. She was a respected surgical nurse known as Brenner in Chicago but chose the path of full time mother when her children were born. She lived in Green Bay for seventeen years where she helped coordinate People to People and gave generously of her time at Brown County Hospital. Barbara orchestrated the plans for building her home in Sturgeon Bay and moved there with the three younger children in 1970.
While in Sturgeon Bay, Barbara was instrumental in establishing one of the area’s first child care settings located in the old library building at Michigan and Fourth. She was a hospice volunteer, worked with Meals on Wheels and St. Joseph’s lunch program for many years. She loved to sing and was a devoted member of St. Joseph’s Choir.
Barbara had a wide range of tastes and loved learning. She was an avid reader, a history and geography buff, enjoyed many types of music and was able to discuss a multitude of topics with ease. She loved a good discussion. Barbara possessed a wry and witty sense of humor that kept her friends on their toes. She was at her most joyful when involved with children who were her all time special loves. She touched a multitude of lives and we are so grateful for the joy she brought to each of us. In later years, when her home and property needs became more than she wanted to handle, Barbara moved into Pine Crest Assisted Living.
There will be no visitation. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church on April 10, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Barbara was a nurse by profession and her love and concern for others touched many lives, even beyond the corners of her world. She will be sorely missed.
We miss you Mom,
We will always love you,
We will never forget you.