Barbara Wallgren
1938 - 2021
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Wallgren, Barbara 6/2/1938 - 1/7/2021 Ypsilanti Barbara Hertz Wallgren, better known as Gamie to her family peacefully passed away, age 82, at home on January 7, 2021. Barbara was born on June 2, 1938 in Aurora, Illinois. She was the oldest of 3 children born to Wayne and Tekla (Askegaard) Hertz. Her family moved when she was 3 months old to Ellensburg, WA because her father accepted a job as Head of the Music Department at Central Washington State College. She graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1956. She attended Central Washington State College and was very active in band and choir. This is where she met the love of her life, Charles (Chuck) Wallgren. Before getting married she went to the University of Washington and played the piccolo in the marching band. She returned to CWSC to obtain her teaching certificate in music and graduated in June of 1959. They married a few days later on June 12, 1959 in Ellensburg, WA. Barbara taught music in Seattle Public Schools before starting her family. Then she continued her teaching career once she and her family moved to Ypsilanti Michigan in 1972, teaching elementary vocal music in Willow Run Public Schools. She was a proud member of P.E.O. for over 60 years in both Washington and Michigan. In those years she started a new chapter of P.E.O. in Seattle and also held many different offices. In Ypsilanti she formed many long lasting relationships as a member of the Ypsilanti Chapter of Red Hats and The Ladies Literary Club. She was also so proud to have been a member of the University Of Michigan Choral Union, otherwise known as the University Musical Society, UMS, for 34 years and thoroughly enjoyed singing the Messiah each year. Aside from her professional accomplishments, Barbara's greatest achievement was her family. Gamie was the most loving and giving person. If you needed it, she made sure you had it. She gave her love and time so freely. She made everyone feel like you were her favorite. The love that she had for her family was something we were all so lucky to have witnessed and felt. Family was everything to her. She would set a timer for how long it would take us to drive to her house so she could be waiting in the driveway to greet us. She spent many years as a caregiver to Chuck. To help him in those last few years, she printed up pictures of the family and hung them in the house so they felt surrounded by love. She lived 5 months to the day without Chuck and we find solace in knowing that she couldn't go another day without him. Now they are together again. Even though, we will miss them terribly here on Earth. Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved husband Chuck of 61 years, her parents & her 6 yr old brother, David Hertz. To cherish her memory, Barbara leaves her four children, Betsy (Audie) Cole of Monroe, MI, Tina (Bruce) Everard of Howell, MI, Erica (Brad) Sampson of St Johns, MI, Steve (Shannon) Wallgren of Chelsea, MI; eight grandchildren, Callie (Rob) Preslan & Audie (Caroline) Cole, Andrew & Austin Sampson, Dan & Luke Everard, Tyler & Aiden Wallgren and four great grandchildren, Hartlyn, Wake & Kentyn Preslan and Audie Cole; her sister, Sandy (Dennis) Young of Bainbridge Island, WA; nephew, David Young & 3 great nieces, Chloe, Callie & Carmen Young of Bellevue, WA. A graveside memorial is planned for January 23rd at 12:00pm at Highland Cemetery, 943 N River St. in Ypsilanti, MI. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to the University Musical Society at https://ums.org/support/individual-giving/ or a charity of your choice.


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Published in Ann Arbor News from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 24, 2021
I took piano lessons from Barbara’s mother, Tekla Hertz, for 10 years in Ellensburg, WA. I would often see Barbara come home from school and she also helped with the piano recitals that Tek had, serving delicious refreshments. I thought Barbara Hertz was the most beautiful girl I’d had ever seen and she was so nice to all of us younger children. My Mom was in Tek’s bridge club. I still remember even at 73 years old, what a gorgeous bride Barbara was. I can see from this picture she was still beautiful right up to the end and by reading the obituary, it sounds like her kind sweet personality continued. Thank you for putting this in the Ellensburg Daily Record so the people that loved the Hertz family could know this sad news.
Christine Sorensen-Rosbach
January 15, 2021
Such a very special lady with so much warmth and love; all smiles and good thoughts when in her company; wonderful stories of her life and her special family, she really made someone feel so good; will miss her so very much, I hope she's now very happy with Da. Love you Gamie
Allison Drozdzewski
Family
January 15, 2021
Barbara was a wonderful P.E.O. sister and friend to me for 40 plus years. Her family meant the world to her and she was happiest when they could gather for any occasion or outing. She was a lovely, gracious and talented woman. We will miss her very much.
Jan Rudisill
Friend
January 13, 2021
I will miss her constant cheerfulness!
Cheryl Farmer MD
Friend
January 13, 2021
Sorry and sad to hear about Barbara. She will be missed. She was a lively lady who was so proud of her family. She was always smiling and joyful.
rosida Burton
Friend
January 13, 2021
I am so sad to read about Barb this morning. I was a classroom teacher and had the honor working with her, and being a friend. She had sent me a message letting me know about the loss of her husband who was everything to her. She said she was broken without him. I told her she would have him every day in her heart pocket, and she was blessed to have her family with her during this sad time. After that I sent her funny things to try and make her laugh or smile. Now she is gone within months from her husband ... you know she truly had a broken heart.. Many of the Willow Run School District children and WR families of her’s had many seasonal programs, or music classes that she would work so hard for her students to perform. She wanted all her students to appreciate all types of music, and introduced many instruments for kids to want to learn how to play them. We now lost another teacher from our WR family in one month time. Within five months of the loss of her husband, she is now with her him and smiling with happiness, and holding his hand with love .Now they both are flying in Heaven with their sparkling angel wings together. I know she is singing lullabies to Heaven’s babies to go to sleep. Barb you have touched me and so many others with your beautiful smile, and your loving heart. You and your husband had a love that was so inspirational...
Sandee Dusbiber
Coworker
January 12, 2021
I remember Barbara modeling at the Ladies’ Literary Club Gala. She had a flair and warmth that helped make the event fun. We will miss her. Please accept my sympathy.
Carol Cramer
Friend
January 12, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the Wallgren family. I always enjoyed my visits with them both when I returned their vehicles when I took them in for service. they were not only customers but good friends. May they both rest in peace.


Mickey Ichesco
Friend
January 13, 2021
Offering our deepest sympathies during this time.
The Staff of Janowiak Funeral Home, Inc.
January 11, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Patricia Lipford
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