Barbara Ann Wahl, 88, of Roseville, Minnesota, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away into the presence of her Lord and Savior on April 8, 2020. Barbara was born on Nov.19,1931, as Barbara Ann Allen in Aberdeen South Dakota. While still a young child, her mother married A. M. Holmes and her name became Barbara Ann Holmes. She graduated from high school, received a degree from Minot State Teachers College with emphasis in journalism, and taught school in Kenmare, North Dakota.
The next chapter in her life started with meeting, dating, and marrying a Nebraskan named Frank Wahl who was working in Minot for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. They were married on Nov 1, 1952 in Minot, North Dakota. Soon they had their first daughter, Sandra. It was at this time they moved to the Wahl homestead just north of Gothenburg so Frank could take over the family farm.
While on the farm, she continued making lifelong friends, being involved with teaching, VBS and bible studies at First Baptist of Gothenburg, writing columns for the Gothenburg Times newspaper about farm and family life, helping neighbors, teaching English to Hmong refugees, and even working in a local community restaurant. She also endured sadness and loss as her youngest daughter died at age 8, and said final earthly goodbyes to grandpa Ned and grandma Ann, who lived long productive lives, but meant a lot to her. She also saw the satisfying changes of daughters growing up and going off to college, while taking care of a young son, a latecomer but happy addition to the family.
The next chapter involved moving to several new towns as Frank left farming and returned to work with the Soil Conservation Service. During this time she moved to Minden, where she was active in the Evangelical Free Church and had jobs at the local library and the restaurant at Pioneer Village, a well known tourist stop. Then the family moved to Loup City, where she continued to work in restaurants, and be active in church, this time at Arcadia Baptist Church. During this time she was also visiting her daughters young families, the first grandkids, and raising her youngest son up to seeing him graduate high school and follow his older sisters to college in Minnesota. Then she would move again with her husband to Mullen in the Sandhills.
Sadness and loss then came again as her husband of 37 years lost a battle with cancer. During this time she learned new skills as a Health Aid, began taking care of her aging mother, and followed her children to Minnesota. Her most cherished times were always the moments she spent with family, especially holiday celebrations and family gatherings that brought her family together around her, taking interest and joy in her children’s, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives and accomplishments. Her family will miss her presence as we look forward to seeing her again with our Lord and Savior.
She was survived by her children, Sandra (Dee J.) Traudt, Susan (Dan) Johnson, and Jeffrey (Paulette) Wahl; grandchildren, Andrea (Jason) Inouye, Naomi (Alan) Price, Sara (Aaron) Kangas, Benjamin Wahl, Eithan Wahl and Jason Wahl; great-grandchildren, Arthur Price and Loralei Inouye; birth siblings, Mike Allen, Tom Allen, Patty Shogren, Sandy Youngbauer.
She was preceded in death by parents, A. M. and Marie Holmes; husband, Frank Wahl; daughter, Carolyn Wahl.