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Barbara Westurn, 1933-2017

A celebration of life service for Barbara M. Westurn will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at Fort Snelling at a later date.

Barbara passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, May 5, 2017, at her home in Albert Lea. She was 83.

Barbara M. (Borgeson) was born  May 11, 1933, in Hibbing to Milton and Hazel (Holt) Borgeson.

Barbara Westurn

She attended and graduated from Hibbing High School. She would go on to attend the University of Minnesota, where she would obtain her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She went on to work at Naeve Hospital, now Mayo Clinic Health System, in Albert Lea as a registered nurse, in the kidney dialysis unit and as a public health nurse.

On Sept. 10, 1955, Barbara was united in marriage to Richard Westurn in Hibbing. To this union, four children were born: Steven, Susan, Mary Ann and John. Barbara would raise her family in Albert Lea. Barb was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was an active member. In her free time she enjoyed biking, swimming, reading and music. Most of all, Barb loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she cherished every moment she spent with them.

She is preceded in death by both parents, Milton and Hazel; and a brother, John Borgeson.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Richard, of Albert Lea; children Steven Westurn of Iowa City, Iowa, Susan (Jim) Klein of Coon Rapids, Mary Ann (Michael) Reed of Racine and John (Michele) Westurn of Beaver, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Alyssa, Melanie, Joshua, Kristina, Rachel and Savannah; four great-grandchildren, Ethan, Tahlia, Evelyn and Briella; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea.

Blessed be her memory.