Rochester Hills – Barbara A. Williams-Langer, age 94, died peacefully on Sunday, October 24,
2021 at Waltonwood University Community, surrounded by her family. Her family appreciates the excellent care provided in her last year by Waltonwood and Oakland Hospice.
Barbara was the youngest child of Axel Rudolph and Edna Sophia (Leff) Hallberg, and grew up with her sister, Helen, on Detroit’s west side.
Barbara met David C. Williams while earning her degree in elementary education at Wayne State University. They were married at Augustana Lutheran Church (Detroit) on June 4, 1949. She was preceded in death by David in 1994, second husband, Albert Langer, in 2009, and sister, Helen Coats, in 2002. She is survived by her four children, Deborah of Royal Oak MI, Kevin (Mary Pat) of Waunakee, WI, Geoffrey (Jené Wolynski) of Billings, MT, and Stephen (Beth) of Rochester MI; grandchildren Andrew Lange (Jessica Freedman), Kerrie Lange (Thomas Lissner), Benjamin (Molly) Williams, Katelynn Williams (Cory Hayden), Alicia Williams (Robert Joynt), David (Sarah) Markallo, Pericles Markakis, Artemis Markakis, (Jon Kasper), Mason Williams, Sophia Williams, and Nina Williams; and great-grandchildren, Oliver and Adah Williams.
Barbara loved singing and playing the piano. She sang at McKenzie High School, Wayne State University and in many church choirs. Throughout her 26 years as a kindergarten teacher in Detroit and Royal Oak, she put these same talents to use, along with storytelling and crafting, to launch her students to future successes. For ten years, she led Girl Scout Troop #588 in Royal Oak, from second grade through their senior year at Royal Oak Kimball High School. A lifelong Tiger fan, she seldom missed a game, whether in-person, on radio or on TV. Quite athletic, Barbara could bonk a softball or golf ball quite a distance. She loved a party, especially those that involved playing Bridge, but would never turn down a game of Hearts or Pinochle, so long as friends or family were around. Her grandkids remember her for always wearing a great looking necklace and having an interesting book in hand,
Barbara planned many a family vacation in northern Michigan to introduce her grandkids to nature with raucous scavenger hunts. She tricked us all into thinking the only way to get used to the cold lake water was by running fast into the approaching waves. As matter of fact, that was her approach to life.
Barbara is surely missed.
Visitation Friday, October 29th from 5-8 pm at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Funeral Service Saturday 10 am at the funeral home. Interment follows at Lakeview Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made in Barbara’s name to; Cana Lutheran Church, 2119 Catalpa Rd. Berkley MI 48072, or Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, 1333 Brewery Park Blvd, Detroit, MI 48207.
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