Barbara Jean (Rader) Hermsen passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 5th, 2022. She was born on June 30th, 1956 to the late Ruth (Doering) Steffens and the late Irvin Rader. Barb was a graduate of Kaukauna High School and Fox Valley Technical College and was married to the late David K. Hermsen.
Barb loved life and loved all those she knew. She was generous with her time and talents, often sewing or crocheting beautiful hand-made items for friends and family. Barb enjoyed motorcycle rides, traveling, thrift shopping, spending time with her very special friends – some which she knew since childhood – and sharing DQ with her pal Rex. Barb was called to care for others as she became a LPN and worked at AMC, Fran Care and Ascension Medical Group throughout her career, where she made lasting memories with many great people.
Most of all, Barb loved her family and often spent time playing dominos, attending grill outs or reunions at Post Lake, watching David, the love of her life, play in his band or her grandkids at their concerts or baking cookies, or enjoying a night of Eric’s racing. Holidays and birthday celebrations were spent with extended family and Barb loved everyone she welcomed into her home.
Barb is survived by her son Eric (Jenny) Derks and their children, Parker and Paige; her sister Shirley (Jack) Vanden Heuvel; her brother Mark (Kim) Rader; her stepchildren Douglas (Joan) Hermsen and their children, Kate Hermsen and Tina Hermsen; Michelle Grimh and her children Tyler (Ana) Grimh and Ryan (Samantha) Grimh; Denise (Thomas) LeMay and her children Krystal (Jeremy) Nechodom and Kyle (Jenna Hacka) Eisenschink; along with many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, other family members and friends.
Barb is preceded in death by her husband and parents listed above; her step-father Walter Steffens; her sister Sharon Glasheen and her brother-in-law Robert Glasheen; in addition to other family members.
A Funeral Service will be held at 7 PM on Friday, February 11, 2022 at Wichmann Funeral Home – Fargo Chapel, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Kaukauna, WI. Family and friends may visit at the funeral home from 4 PM to the time of service.
Barb’s family would like to thank her care team at Froedert Hospital, Dr. Ben Dellaria, Dr. Nancy Bratanow and Sara, CMA, at Ascension Calumet Hospital who always provided her with compassionate care and kindness.
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