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Barbara Louise Haberman

Barbara Louise Haberman

Barbara Louise Haberman of Woodbury, MN died at The Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale, MN, surrounded by her family on March 26, 2018. She was 87 years old.

Barbara is survived by her children, Craig of Alexandria, MN, Mark (Dave) of Hayden, ID, John (Brenda) of Golden Valley, MN and Michael (Catherine) of Louisville, KY. She had ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, August John Essman, who died in service of his country in Phoenix, AZ, and Virginia Adams of Hood River, OR; and her brother, Gene Thompson of Snellville, GA.

Barbara moved with her family to Woodbury in June of 1972 when Valley Creek Drive was still Lower Afton Road, with a two-lane bridge over I-494 and only a single gas station on either side of the freeway. That fall she began a twenty-two year teaching career in District 833, first at Pine Hill Elementary and later Woodbury Elementary, and with the exception of three years lived the rest of her life in Woodbury. While cherishing her long-time connection to Woodbury United Methodist Church (now "The Grove") and her "old" friends here, she eagerly embraced Woodbury's growth, keeping her sons up to date with new developments and her explorations throughout the rapidly developing community. She was equally delighted by the old Woodbury and the new Woodbury.

In her living, Barbara exquisitely balanced her love of family, friends, animals, church and community. She was a voracious reader, longtime usher at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, volunteer at the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota Zoo, and the curling venue of the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake. In faith, she was a member of Woodbury United Methodist Church for nearly 40 years, sang in the choir, served as an office volunteer, as Wesley Meals coordinator, and led the church library team. The DNR EagleCam held her rapt attention as did her growing interest in the game of bridge. Retirement travels included seven weeks in Australia, the Panama Canal, several European river cruises, Italy, Ireland and more. National travels included three trips to Puget Sound where she served as crew on tall-mast ships repurposed for adult learning.

Barbara was able to remain at home until one week prior to her death. She then entered hospice care and passed away peacefully after several years of declining health, which she traveled with dignity and grace. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, an adventurer and traveler extraordinaire. Life Celebration April 12 at Grove UMC Woodbury, MN. Visitation at 10:00, with music and memorial service to follow.