ISHPEMING, MI – Barbara Gauthier, age 81, of 408 Michigan St. Ishpeming, passed away on Monday July 31, 2017 at her home while in the loving care of her family and the U.P. Home Health and Hospice caregivers.
Barbara was born October 14, 1935 in Ishpeming to Reginald H. and Mary V. (Williams) Medlyn. Barb graduated from Ishpeming High School in 1953. She continued her education at Northern Michigan University, where she received her Bachelors degree in Business Education in 1971 and her Masters degree in Education in 1977.
Barbara was a high school business teacher in Ishpeming, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 1993. She was chosen to lead the school’s co-op vocational program when it was established in 1992 and served as the Shared-Time Vocational Director for 8 years for the 4 west-end school districts. She also served the Ishpeming School District as the Career Education Coordinator. Barb retired in 1997 after 25 years of teaching.
Barb was an active and devoted member of the Wesley United Methodist Church where she served in various capacities, including as the past president of United Methodist Women, as member of the finance and administrative committees, and as a devoted pasty worker. She was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star and former board member of the Alger-Marquette Community Mental Health (Pathways), and served on the Ishpeming City Zoning Commission and Ishpeming Alumni Board. Barb was a former Bell Hospital Auxiliary member and a member of the retired teachers association.
She enjoyed nothing more than spending time at camp, swimming, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. Barb and her loving husband Ray wintered in Florida for 18 years, where she made many lifelong friendships. She also enjoyed playing cribbage and bridge as part of the Superiorland Bridge Club.
Barb had a strong faith, which never wavered, and valued her family above all else. Both were evident as she provided support to her family while her newborn great-grandson, Grayson Johnson, underwent a successful heart transplant in 2016.
Barb is survived by her husband Ray, whom she married on May 19, 1956, 2 children: Claudia (Charles) Johnson, Jenifer (Greg) Rajala, grandchildren: Amy (Jason) Sundquist, Jessica (Justin Brousseau) Holli, Katelin Johnson, and Jaclyn Holli, great-grandchildren: Braden, Lauren, and Madison Sundquist and Grayson Johnson, step-grandchildren: Tom (Heidi) Rajala, Ted (Marie) Rajala and Mary Jeanne (Dan) Chapman, step-great-grandchildren: Magnus, Helena, Johanna and Lily Rajala, and Hayley Chapman, sisters-in-law: Ida Medlyn, Paulette (Wade) Kruger and Lucille DellAngelo, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents Howard and Viola Medlyn and brother Bill Medlyn.
Barb’s family will greet relatives and friends from 2:00-4:00 pm on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Ishpeming. Funeral services for Barb will follow at 4:00 PM on Sunday at the Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. JJ Mannschreck to officiate. A luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall.
Pallbearers are Charles Johnson, Greg Rajala, Stephen Medlyn, Craig Medlyn, Jason Sundquist, and Joseph Pelkola.
Interment will take place in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Barb’s obituary may be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.