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Barbara Joan Wheeler

04/25/1936 - 04/22/2015
Service Date: 05/02/2015
Service Time: 1:30 PM
Service Location: Hope Lutheran North Campus, 2900 Broadway North, Fargo, North Dakota

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.




  • My thoughts and prayers to the Wheeler family. Will miss my cousin Barb.
    George Hagen
    Gold Canyon, AZ

  • Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    David Workin.

  • I didn’t know Barb was ill and I’m so sorry to learn of her passing. She was a great gal to work with (Dakota Clinic); her cheerful attitude and quick wit made the days fun. My sympathy to you, Jim, and the entire family. Blessed be Barb’s memory. Donna Hentges, West Fargo, ND

  • My sympathy to the Family. Met her when they lived in Mesa Shadows. Barb was a very nice lady.

  • Ruth (Olstad) Stebleton Seeley Lake, MT.

    You All have our Deepest Sympathy. Loren and Ruth (Olstad) Stebleton

  • My sympathies to the family at this time. Betty Simonson[Ellen & Henry Haugan’s dau.] Fago, ND

  • Fargo, ND

  • My sympathies & prayers to the families at this tme. Betty Simon son
    [Henry & Ellen Haugan’s Daughter]

  • My family and I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss of Barbara. Please know that you are never alone. Turn to the Holy Scriptures for guidance and to help soothe your heart. Psalms 34:18 assures us that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Jesus spoke at John 5:28-29 that all those in the memorial tombs will come out. What a wonderful time that will be. The Bible has much comfort for all who has loss ones in death. May God grant you comfort in your time of need.

  • I was very sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. Barb joined me in the physician recruitment office at Dakota Clinic. It was a new department. We laughed a lot while we worked hard to bring doctors to North Dakota. She was a great partner to have. I enjoyed her special dry wit. My sympathies to the family.

  • Don and Rhoda Myrvik

    Jim and family, we are so sorry. Barb was a good friend, and a special friend to her Oak Grove class of 1954. We will miss her a lot, and we pray that you will always have a sense of God’s presence as you remember her and the way she blessed others.

  • Don and Rhoda Myrvik

    Jim and family members, we are so sorry about Barb’s death. Barb was a good friend, and a valued part of her class at Oak Grove, 1954. We will miss her a great deal. We also pray that you will always have a sense of God’s presence as you remember her and the way she was a blessing to you and to others.

  • I’m sorry I won’t be able to join you for Barb’s service on Saturday but please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

  • I have many, many fond and loving memories of Barb. She was a very kind and special person who will be missed dearly. My deepest sympathy to Jim and the rest of the family.

  • Rose Gunstenson

    Barb was a special person. She & I worked together at the Moorhead Area Chamber of Commerce in the early ’70’s. You could not find a better co-worker or friend. Our sympathy and prayers are with you Jim and your family.

  • Irene (Olstad) Larson

    We had a lot of good times growing up. I remember learning how to clean chickens. Our sympathy and prayers are with your family.

  • MIItty and Les Herrick

    So very sorry Jim and family…just saw these postings. Barb was a witty and lovely lady..matching Jim to perfection. Most welcoming neighbors in Mesa…with sympathy and understanding.

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