In memory of
Barbara Wallgren
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In memory of
Barbara Wallgren
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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In memory of
Barbara Wallgren
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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320 N. Washington
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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