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Robert "Bob" Barganz
Cress Funeral & Cremation Service - Madison West
3610 Speedway Road
Madison, WI

Barganz, Robert Arnold "Bob"

MADISON - Robert Arnold "Bob" Barganz, 78, beloved husband of Jean (Murray) Barganz, loving father of Marcella Barganz (Tamas Glanz) and Sybil (Robert) Holmes, cherished grandfather of Maximilian, Gabriel, Elizabeth, Greta and Lauren, and adored uncle and cousin of many, passed away on Aug. 12, 2021, in Madison, Wis. He was born in Watertown, Wis., on Oct. 30, 1942, the only child of Elizabeth Young and Arnold Barganz. He graduated from West High School and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English education, before receiving his doctorate degree in linguistics and reading. He met his wife, Jean Barganz, while attending the University, and they wed on Aug. 20, 1966.

Bob enjoyed a lifelong love of literature, and he wove his passion for reading into his profession. Initially, he taught adult basic English at the Job Corps in Portland, Maine, and high school English in Sun Prairie, Wis. After completing his Ph.D. program, Bob served as a professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) for over 30 years, where he taught students how to teach reading and language arts with an emphasis in psycho-linguistics and socio-cultural aspects of reading disability.

Bob's personal interests included reading contemporary fiction, gardening, and providing help and treats to friends. He may be best remembered for the spirited cocktail hours and joyful meals he and Jean hosted for family and friends at their gorgeous Lake Eau Claire cottage that Bob designed. He especially enjoyed sharing his love of traveling, cooking, card games, and shopping with his grandchildren. Bob will be missed by many for his considerable cooking abilities, subtle and dry humor, and stoicism.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Augusta Memorial Public Library at

A celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m., with a luncheon following, at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, on Friday, Aug. 27. Please share memories of Bob on his Tribute Wall at

Bob's curiosity, along with his wife's, drew them to travel across the world – many continents and over 50 countries. They were travelers, not tourists. And that was how he dealt with life as well...

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3610 Speedway Road, Madison

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Published by on Aug. 15, 2021.
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My sincere condolences for your loss. Although I didn't get to spend a lot of time with Bob, if it weren't for him (and Jean), my sister and I wouldn't exist! I will never forget the summer's together in Wisconsin and the role Bob played in teaching me to water ski behind his pontoon boat:)
Ward Miller
January 10, 2022
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
August 19, 2021
Bob will be missed by me (a lifelong friend of Jean and Bob)and by many. He was such a good and considerate man. As I think of him today, One of his most endearing qualities, was his presence when listening to another . He often stopped what he was doing to make eye contact and REALLY listen and to respond thoughtfully. .. those onions he was slicing could just wait ... while he communicated with the one present. He often responded with a question as he did when I had come to a crossroad in my life... "Well, what more would you want?" He asked. The teacher in him encouraged me make my own decision. He enjoyed the conversation but often ended it with a "bottom line usually with a wry humorous wrap." We all shared books and ideas and many serious solutions to world problems and beer. ..ALWAYS an open door at the Barganz cottage. I think I influenced his interest in the MGB. Go in PEACE, Bob, knowing you are loved by many .
Jean Foster Stearns
August 15, 2021
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