Barbara J. Walschaert, 84, of Moline, beloved Mother, wife, daughter, sister & friend, peacefully passed away on February 15th, 2021 at Clarissa Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf IA. Per her wishes Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be Monday February 22nd, 2021 from 5-7:00 pm with a celebration of life service immediately following at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island, IL. The services will be broadcast via livestream at 7 pm, Monday by visiting wheelanpressly.com/live-stream.
Barbara was born on November 15th, 1936 in Mystic, IA to Floyd L. & Nellie Maxine (Johnson) Bollman. She attended Davenport High School where she met & later married Leon G. Walschaert on May 10th, 1954 when they eloped to Polmyra, MO before Lee began his service in the Army. Barb & Lee later settled in Moline, IL where they raised their five children.
An amazing Mother, Grandmother & Homemaker; Barb was a world class cook who added love to everything she prepared; she enjoyed hosting years of family holidays and memorable gatherings out by their pool; Active in the Quad City Airshow, where the Thunderbird Pilots called her “Mama Bird” as they devoured her legendary homemade brownies. She was an avid fan of war movies, civil war history & music (gospel hymns being her favorite); Barb had a beautiful heart coupled with a bawdy sense of humor that blessed her with many loving friends as well; she always loved her annual “Cousins Casino Weekend” filled with laughter and fun and numerous outings & trips with her sisters… The Chippendales may have been her favorite! Most of all Barb adored her large family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren (being referred to as “The Baby Whisperer” because she could soothe any baby to sleep with her magic touch); attending all the sporting events, band performances, dance recitals, plays, graduations etc. of her children and grandchildren brought her great joy.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 66 years, Leon Walschaert of Moline. Her children, Randy Walschaert, Auburn, WA, Kim Miller, Rock Island, IL, Scott (Dena) Walschaert, Bartonville, IL, LeeAnne Waugaman, San Tan Valley, AZ. Her sisters, Rhonda Johnson, TX, Lisa (Norman) Collins, WA, and brother, Greg Bollman, FL. 7 Grandchildren & 3 Great Grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Floyd & Maxine Bollman; sister, Carol Sue Bollman; brother, Don Bollman; son, Kenny “Beau” Walschaert; grandson, Matthew Attwood; and Son-in-law, Jeff Miller.
Memorials may be made to Clarissa Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA
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