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“Richard (Dick), my thoughts go out to you and the loss of your loved one. We were all friends at dear MHS and then went our separate ways, but we ...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Kennedy Minter - Parrish, FL

“Oh, how fast the years have gone!! Thinking of you and your family in your time of mourning and sending prayers your way. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Patsy (Yoder) Lowry - Marysville, OH

“Sorry for your loss, your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Jane ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Jane Alexander Snodgres - OH

“So sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you all - Gary Francar ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Gary Francar - Manitowoc, WI

“I love you forever; I like you for always; Forever and ever My mommy you'll be. Love you mom! I am so very proud of you! Jill ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Jill Park Wilke - Appleton, WI

“Rember Barb when we were kids how we all would go to play at the play ground,then go to Chet's to get candy and ride in the ole Blue Goose. We will...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Jerry & Patty Brown - marysville, OH

“Dear Aunt Barb, Yesterday Leah and I were laying out in the sun talking about how we used to sit in the sun with you. Oh the memories of Florida,...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Sarah Winden - Wisconsin Dells, WI

“Rest in peace, Barbie.....we shared many memories growing up....when we were in high school, if you had a date you got me one and if I had a date I...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Sue BursonArgo - Marysville, OH

“Dick and family - Only fond memories of Barb in high school and her love for you. The years pass much to quickly. Love and prayers, Joe Anna Murphy...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Joe Anna Eirich - Marysville, OH

“Rest in Peace, Aunt Barb. We love you! ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Kim Eberly - Marysville, OH

“love you more than anything in the world. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: matt - Appleton, WI - grandson

“hey toad you are the best baba in the universe. you are caring, loving, helpful and just soooo perfect i can not express it. love matt ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: matt - Appleton, WI - grandson

“Growing up with Barbara, there are so many good memories. Barbara is free from pain now and in a peaceful place. She was loved by all. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Sandra (Ferris) Morris - OH

“What a wonderful, touching story of Barbara's life. Thank you for sharing with her friends. We all loved her. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Trees - Marysville, OH


Barbara Lee Park, age 73, of 528 West Lawn Blvd., Manitowoc, WI, died peacefully at home surrounded by the love of her husband of 53 years, Richard, and her 3 daughters, on Friday, April 13, 2012, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Her spirit now breathes freely in heaven.
Barbara was born Barbara Lee Burson on December 9, 1938, in Marysville, Ohio, daughter of the late Paul and Mary (Fox) Burson. She graduated from Marysville High School in 1956. On October 4, 1958, she married the love of her life, Richard Park, in Gahanna, Ohio. They joyfully celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by family at Silver Valley Supper Club in 2008.
Barbara worked for 34 years for the Manitowoc Public Schools first as an instructional aide and then for many years as the library media manager at Jefferson Elementary School. She loved her work as she loved the children, loved to read and developed many great friendships with colleagues in the district. She was active as a member and a Sunday school teacher at the First Presbyterian Church in Manitowoc, bowled with the MPS women's bowling league, enjoyed bridge club, read with the Hatrack Story Tellers, and had many great times with her 3 best friends, Claire Steffenhagen, Marion Daley, and Elaine Robinson.
She retired from the MPS district in 2000, and continued actively to read, attend her beloved grandchildren's numerous sporting events, dance recitals, band and choir concerts, and many other fun events. She doted on her grandchildren, who affectionately called her "Baabaa." She and Richard became snowbirds and spent 10 glorious winters together enjoying the friends, sun, Red Hats group, and sitting poolside at Saddlebag Lake Resort in Lake Wales, Florida.
Survivors include her beloved husband, Richard, and their 3 daughters and their families: Jill and Paul Wilke and their children, Thomas and Matthew, of Appleton; Jane and Peter Hein and their children, Kate, Emily and Elizabeth, of DePere; and Molly and Dan O'Connell and their children, Morgan, Patrick and Michael, of Manitowoc. She is also survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers: Joyce (Bill) Clark of Plain City, Ohio; Sue (Charlie) Argo and Judy Cotter of Marysville, Ohio; Jim (Jennifer) Burson of New Concord, Ohio and John (Jodie) Burson of Plain City, Ohio. She was blessed to have enjoyed a visit from her brothers and sisters in which laughter and tears were shared in December, 2011. She is also survived by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Harold and Gloria Park of Wis. Dells, a sister-in-law Dee Burson of Marysville, Ohio and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Barbara was preceeded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary Burson; her brother, Steve Burson; her brother-in-law, Murphy Cotter; and a niece, Mary Burson.
A memorial celebration of Barbara's life is being planned for June, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be made in Barbara's honor to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.
The Jens Family Funeral Home and Crematory of Manitowoc is assisting the Park family. Online condolences may be sent to www.jensreinboldandpfeffer.com
In Barbara's memory, the family requests that anyone who smokes, please stop, and anyone over the age of 60 please speak to his/her doctor and receive the shingles vaccination.
Barbara's family members would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Barylak and the staff at Aurora Oncology; The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association; and the Reverend Matthew Sauer and the First Presbyterian Church of Manitowoc for their expertise, care and compassion.