Barbara Wipperfurth
1949 - 2021

Wipperfurth, Barbara Jean

SUN PRAIRIE - Barbara Jean "Barb" (Albers) Wipperfurth was born Feb. 6, 1949, to Russ and Mary Albers. She married her high school sweetheart and Jumbo Teddy Bear, Tom, on Dec. 13, 1969, and they had 51 wonderful years together. To this union they had two children: Michael Thomas (Margy) and Christina Marie (Kirsten Pepper). She was blessed with three grandchildren; Madelyn Marie, Michael Benjamin and Drake Thomas. Her dream came true in 2002 when they built their new home. She loved decorating it, especially at Christmas time, and she loved playing "What's in Grandma's box?" She always enjoyed the laughter of all when they saw the presents in the box. Her love for cardinals, snowman and teddy bears were shown throughout their home. She was a state employee for 30 years. She was gifted as a nanny for several families and was known for her love of children. She never lost track of her former nanny families, always waiting for that Christmas picture card and newsletter letting her know what they were up to. She loved playing Jeopardy nightly with Tom. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Tom; two children; three grandchildren; her sister, Marcia Hanson; her brothers, Bill (Cher) and Tim (Nancy) Albers; her four nephews, Russ, Randy, Matthew (Jessica) and John (Julia); and her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. She was preceded in death by her parents, her father- and mother-in-law, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Per Barb's wishes, services will be held at a later date. Loving you is the easiest thing I have ever done.

Her children thought this message was particularly moving and best captured their feelings:

You can only have one mother, patient kind and true. No other friend in all the world, will be the same to you. When other friends forsake you, to your mother you will turn. For all her loving kindness, she asks nothing in return. As we look upon her picture, sweet memories we recall, of a face so full of sunshine, and a smile for one and all. Sweet Jesus, take this message, to our dear mother up above, tell her how we miss her, and give her all our love. Love, your family.

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My sympathies to you and your family on your loss.
Jim Jafferis
March 3, 2021
Tommy and family, so vey sorry for your loss!
Henry Waring
March 1, 2021
Tom and the entire Wipperfurth family. We are so sorry for your loss. Words cannot take the pain away . Just know that we are thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Mark and Kim Olson
February 28, 2021
A terrible shock to read of Barb's passing. I worked with her at DILHR, back in the late 1980s. She loved you all so much, and was incredibly proud of you. I have many fond memories of her and I'm so sad she's gone. She was a great lady!
Kay (Tyler) Maier
February 26, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thinking of all the good times we had together. Our sympathies to you and your family.
Denny and Nancy Frank
February 25, 2021
Barb babysat my son.....i'm so sorry for your loss.
joan baumbach
February 25, 2021
So sorry to hear that Barb passed away. Have many good memories of her. Tom you have our deepest sympathies. Tom I have tried to get in touch with you for years. Please give me a call when you get a chance. 838-8287.
Dennis and Nancy Frank
February 25, 2021
From one of Barb´s nanny families we have precious memories of Barb in our home and KC and Nicole have foundational reading skills that will last a lifetime. Barb consistently reinforced reading, time at the library, accountability, responsibility, manners, and fun. I remember her loud laugh and genuine, compassionate care for my kids. We were lucky to have her over for dinner just before her cancer diagnosis. She was one of those special angels.
Robin, KC, and Nicole Nickel
February 24, 2021
Tom, Mike, Chrissy and all of your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Barb will be missed so much. I am grateful I got to meet her that day at the mail box in on Bruce Street. We became such good friends. She lived her life to the fullest. I will miss our weekly chats. God Bless you all.
Peggyann Canty
February 23, 2021
Tom and family: I'm a co-worker of Barbara. We were working in Dept. Of Health when she got a call from her mom telling her that her Grandmother Mrs. Albers had died. Little did we know that my grandmother and hers were roommates at a nursing home in Verona. We've kept in contact off and on since then. You have my sympathy. I have fond memories of us working at DHSS in the 1970's. Take care. Please let me know if you will be having a Celebration of Life.
Betty (Hefty) Waldinger
February 21, 2021
Tom, our thoughts and prayers are with y´all in your time of grief. There will be less laughter on earth but heaven gained a great laugh.
Larry & Ellen Felsheim
February 21, 2021
Love and Prayers to you and your Family Tom. My Heart goes out to you. I know how hard this is. Take care. Sharon .
Sharon Strander
February 21, 2021
You will be forever missed dear friend. Your laughter will forever ring in my ears. Deepest sympathies to Tom and family.
Bonnie Johnson
February 21, 2021