Obituary: Barbara Ellen Maher

Died Sept. 3, 2023

With heavy hearts we announce the passage of Barbara Ellen Maher on Sept. 3, 2023, at the age of 88 in Door County, WI. A former resident of Milwaukee and Fox Point, Barbara was the caregiver to her parents, John T. Maher, Jr. and Esther B. Maher, in their later years.

Barbara attended Washington High School and Marquette University in Milwaukee. She was a career employee of Gimbels department stores rising from Assistant Buyer to Merchandise Manager at the time of her retirement. Barbara loved to read, knit, needlepoint, and send letters and correspondence to family and friends.

Barbara is survived by her brother J. Thomas Maher III and his wife Virginia Murphy Jones Maher. Barbara is further survived by step nephews William Jones (Katherine), Michael Jones (Kathleen), and step niece Megan Jones Townsend (Brian). Barbara was so fond of their children Hugh, Jack, Gretchen, Caroline, Liam, Mary Bridget, Nolan, Brendan, and Doug.

Barbara will be missed by her family, relatives, and friends and all those whose lives she touched. A special thank you to caregivers Brenda, Heather, Makenzie, Madison and to Unity Hospice nurse Angie for her attentive and compassionate medical care for Barbara in her last days.

A private Funeral Mass by Father Thomas Farrell will be held at a later date. Internment at Resurrection Cemetery in Mequon, WI. Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.