Barbara Joan Wheeler, 78, of Mesa, AZ, passed away on April 22, 2015 at home under Hospice care in Mesa. Barbara was born April 25, 1936, in Hope, ND to Ivar and Oline (Olstad) Haugan. Barbara attended grade school in Portland, ND and graduated from high school at Oak Grove Lutheran in Fargo, ND. After graduating, she worked for Northwestern Bell in Fargo. In 1956 she married James Wheeler and they made their home in Moorhead, MN. Barbara was later employed at the Moorhead Chamber of Commerce, St. Ansgar Hospital, and Dakota Hospital. After retirement, Barbara and James spent winters in Mesa where they acquired many wonderful friends.
Barbara is survived by her husband, James Wheeler, daughter Karen (Maynard) Bosh, Mesa, AZ; sons Robert (Tracy) Wheeler, Moorhead, and Gary (Cheri Bredahl) Wheeler, Goodyear, AZ. She also loved and adored five grandchildren, Kari (Jake) Smith, Fargo; Ryan Wheeler, Des Moines, IA; Ashley (Blaine) Nelson, Moorhead; Kayla Wheeler, Fargo; and Aaron Wheeler, Minneapolis, MN. She is also survived by one brother, Donovan Haugan, Oklahoma. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and brother, John Haugan.
A special heartfelt thank you to all who called, visited, sent cards and food, and kept Barbara in their prayers during her courageous year-long battle with lung cancer. We would also like to thank Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ and Doves In-Home Care, Mesa, AZ.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 2nd at 1:30 PM at Hope Lutheran North Campus, 2900 Broadway North, Fargo, North Dakota. For more information, go to www.bunkercares.com.