Barbara Oetken, 75, of Burlington, died at 7:12 AM Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.
Born December 13, 1941, she was the daughter of Robert Benjamin and Virginia Ann Buechel Weiler. On October 4, 1958, she married Donald R. Oetken in Burlington. He later passed away on March 15, 2017.
She worked as a nurse at Burlington Medical Center, Dr. McMurray & Zabloudil's office and, First Medical Equipment.
She graduated with her nursing degree in 1971.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, playing cards, shopping, her dog Zoey, hosting large gatherings of family and her grandchildren.
Survivors include mother, Virginia Ann (Weiler) Shelledy; two sons, Robert (Melanie) Oetken of Jupiter, FL, and Matt (Shannon) Oetken of Middletown; two daughters, Lori Parker of Burlington, and Jennifer (Robert) Haley of Middletown; one son-in-law, Edgar Douglas Bracey III of Jacksonville, FL; 14 grandchildren, Sarah Parker, Rachel Parker, Madison Oetken, Boyd Oetken, Donald Bracey, Douglas Bracey, Graham Oetken, Alexis Oetken, Elizabeth Oetken, Samuel Banks, Alexia Banks, Bobby Haley, Jake Haley, and Jessica Haley; two great-grandchildren, Lily Greene and Kira Bleything; two brothers, Mike (Kathy) Weiler of Tequesta, FL, and David (Modesta) Weiler of Stuart, FL; and two sisters; Carole Nordstrom of Burlington, Kathi (Jim) Heinzel of Gulfport, MS.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, her brother; Larry, and one daughter; Lisa Bracey.
Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM Sunday, September 10, 2017, with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
The Funeral Service for Mrs. Oetken will be 2:00 PM Monday, September 11, 2017, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Dean Graber as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home following the burial.
A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice House.