Barbara Ann Robinson

Barbara Ann Robinson

Barbara Robinson, age 90, of Madison, died on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Brookdale Stonefield Middleton.

She was born on April 19, 1927 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ray and Linda (Weber) Hammond. Barbara attended the Kenosha Orthopedic-Open Air School, Lincoln Junior High, and graduated early from Mary D. Bradford High School. With steadfast determination to go to college, she worked for 1 ½ years to earn money to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and in 1950 with a Master’s degree in Library Science.

Barbara worked as a serials acquisition librarian at the UW Memorial Library from 1950-1956. She met her future husband, Richard, at a Citadel Club event at Bethel Lutheran Church. They were married on February 4, 1956.

Barbara enjoyed 58 years living in the west side home she and her husband built in 1959 until moving to Brookdale in July, 2017.

Over the years, Barbara served her community and family by being a homemaker, a member of the Madison Theater Guild, an election official for 20 years, a Girl Scout leader, a member of Parent Teacher Associations at her children’s schools, and a proud fan of the Wisconsin Badgers.

Barbara and her husband hosted memorable 4th of July parties for friends and family for many years. She loved beautiful sunsets, people watching, square dancing, thunderstorms, rainbows, her backyard swing, swimming, reading, and Christmas trees.

Survivors include her son, Fred (Janelle) Robinson of Milwaukee, daughter, Sue Robinson of Madison, granddaughters Yvonne (Jocelyn) Hertich of O’Fallon, IL, and Nicole Robinson of Milwaukee. She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Alice Robinson, a niece, Jan Woodbury, three nephews, Tom, Jim, and Dave Hammond, and two great-grandsons, Seneca Hertich and Cyrus Hertich. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2015, her parents, and her brother, Tom.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:30 at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd. with Pastor Matt Wipperman presiding. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 at Cress. A private burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to a charity or cause of your choice.

Barbara’s family expresses deep gratitude to her in-home caregivers and the Brookdale Stonefield Middleton staff for their care and compassion. Please share a memory at

May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Cress Funeral Home
3610 Speedway Road
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 238-3434