Barbara Jean Wilson passed away unexpectedly at her home at the age of 74 on January 11, 2021. Barb was born in Antigo on August 13, 1946. She was a daughter of Stanley and Betty (Helbick) Anderson of Antigo. Barb married Bill Wilson of Argonne, WI on August 11, 1973, at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Antigo. Barb was a graduate of Antigo High School, Langlade County Teacher's College and finished her teaching degree at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 1972. Barb then taught for 33 years at the White Lake School District. During that time, she was principal at the Wilson Elementary School in Townsend for 2 years.
After retirement Barb and Bill spent time traveling throughout the United States. In later years they spent part of the winter in Florida. In the springtime, Bill, Barb, and Bear spent their time tapping trees, gathering sap, and making maple syrup. Summers were spent maintaining their home, cottage at Three Lakes, and cabin at Argonne. They also maintained a large vegetable garden and many flower gardens.
Barb had a natural talent for art and woodworking. Her cabin and outdoor scenes were painted on various types of saws and are hanging in homes and cabins throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.
Barb was a member of SS Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Parish.
Survivors include her husband, Bill, and her beloved pet, Bear. She is also survived by her twin sister, Beth (Walt) Pechman of Antigo; sister-in-law, Lorraine Wilson of Argonne; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dick and Val Wilson of Argonne, Roger and Karen Wilson of Crandon, and Mike and Jane Wilson of Argonne. Barb is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She loved them all dearly as they loved her.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Betty Anderson; her father and mother-in-law, William and Delores Wilson; Bill's step-father, Louis Geske; brother-in-law, James Wilson, and nephew, Matthew Lee Wilson.
Due to Covid concerns, a private family funeral Mass will take place.
Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Crandon. Barbara's funeral Mass can be viewed on the Bradley Funeral Home Facebook Page on Saturday, January 16 beginning at 12:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/bradleyfh/
Bill, our thoughts and prayers are with you & your families. We are so sorry for your great loss, Barb will be missed by all!. We pray God will give you strength & stay well. Love your cousins, Colette & Don Dehart
Thankful for all the wonderful memories of this lovely woman
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Barb (Mrs. Wilson). Both of our children had her as a 4th grade teacher at White lake. She was their favorite teacher as well as their friend later in life. Our prayers for you and may God Bless! Pat, Jayne, Tim and Martha McCarthy
Bill, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I was deeply saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. May you find the strength you need from God, your family and friends. ❤️🙏
My condolences to the family. Mrs. Wilson was a amazing teacher. Fourth grade was the only time I had perfect attendance. I still have the pin she awarded me.
Bill, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Barb.
She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know and love her.
Bill, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were greatly saddened to hear about Barb. We pray God will give you strength. Debra and Mark Mackowski
My prayers and thoughts are with you Bill.
Bill, Merilynn and I are very saddened by your loss. Luke Flannery
Prayers, hugs, and love. Bill & Sheron Quesinberry
I’m so sorry to hear this. Barb you where such a wonderful person and you will be missed by so many
I was so saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. She and I spent many years teaching next to each other in Townsend and White Lake. Many great memories of working with her!!
Barb had such a kindness and fun loving attitude. I remember when my wife Diane first met her it was at a wedding. Bill and Barb and the two of us danced together all night. It is still such a cherished memory. Our love to Bill and all of the family.
Chuck and Diane Gretzinger
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wayne & Sherri Link
Bill, Craig and I are heart broken to hear of Barb's passing. She was such a kind and caring person. We Love both of you and will always remember the smiles on your faces when you were together. God could not have made a more perfect couple.
I was heartbroken to hear this. Barb and I shared many wonderful years teaching together and carpooling to White Lake. I considered her one of my best friends and colleague. She was a great teacher who was so dedicated to her students - a true professional! I’m certainly going to miss her and our lunches together. Paul and I send our sympathy to you, Bill and your family.
Miss Anderson was my fourth grade teacher in the early 1970’s. I remember her as a wonderful teacher who had a twin sister teaching in the same school! Thank you Miss Anderson for being part of my educational journey.
Grade school teachers can have such an impact on us and Mrs. Wilson was certainly one of them. I have fond memories of her. I am so very sorry for your loss. My sympathies.
Les and I send our love to Bill and family. We thought the world of Barb. She was a very talented woman.we will miss her.❤❤❤
Bill, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Barb's family at this time. Barb's picture is perfect...always happy, always positive. I so enjoy following both of your lives on facebook to see your new adventures around the house, your travels, Barb's amazing art projects, syruping season, life with Bear. A life filled with so much joy! A life well-lived! Cindy and Tim Bahr
Mrs. Wilson was a wonderful teacher. I remember doing crafts on Fridays once a month. I am sad to hear of her passing and send my sympathies to her family.
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