Barbara Jean Workman

Barbara Workman

ALBANY, Wis. — Barbara Jean Workman, age 81 passed away on Friday, October 21, 2022, at SSM Health in Monroe, WI, with her girls by her side. She was born on February 9, 1941, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison the daughter of Arthur and Alvina (LaPorte) Severson. Barbara graduated in 1958 from Black Earth High School and continued her education at Madison Beauty College. On June 19, 1962, Barbara was united in marriage to Noel Workman at the Vermont Lutheran Church. She had worked as a beautician until becoming a mother for her children. After her children had grown Barbara began working at Ogden Manufacturing in Albany from where she retired. In her retirement, Barbara and Noel were fixtures at local farmers’ markets selling jams and jellies. She also was a crafter, sewing and quilting many pieces over the years. Barbara also enjoyed reading and occasional trips to the casino. Most of all she cherished time spent with her family and grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by her daughters Kristi (Andres) Lopez and Jane Whitehead, grandchildren Danielle (James) Hoey, Luci (Joseph) Koopmans, Rodney Whitehead, James (Laura) Flood, Ryan Whitehead, Hannah (Kyle) Hendrickson, Juan Carlos Lopez Martinez, and Giovanni Lopez, great-grandchildren Lillian, Randy, Jocelyn, Lukas, Cordelia, Mila, and a great-grandson on the way. She is further survived by her longtime friend LaDonna Buxton, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Noel, and a brother Rayford “Butch” Severson.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 Sixth Ave., New Glarus, WI with Father James Hoey officiating.

A visitation will precede the service from 2:30 p.m. until time of services on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home in New Glarus.

The family would like to thank neighbors RC Schultz, Brenda and Abel Schultz, and Pat and Laurie Slein for helping out and checking in on Barbara over the last several years.

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