ST. JAMES - Memorial services for Barbara Theresa (Klaras) Gosen, 78, will be held at St. James Catholic Church, St. James, Minn., on Friday, May 23, 2008, at 10 am. Father Thomas Cook will officiate. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James on Thursday, May 22, from 7-9 p.m.
Barbara (Barb or Tweet) died on March 15, 2008, at her home in Tucson, Ariz., after a short battle with cancer.
Barb was born on Nov. 28, 1929, in St. James, Minn., the daughter of James F. and Barbara (Andert) Klaras. She attended school in St. James and graduated in 1948. She was married to Jack Gosen on Feb. 19, 1949. She served as Crow Wing County civil defense director in the 1960s. That led to positions with the Minnesota Department of Emergency Services. After obtaining a master's degree from Michigan State University, she worked for the federal government where she helped plan evacuation routes for the states of Oregon, Washington and Alaska. After leaving government service she served in the motel industry with her husband in Arizona and other southern states. After retirement they lived in Phoenix, Mountain Lake and then Minnesota Lake, Minn., where Jack died in 2000. Barb then moved to Tucson, Ariz., where she lived the remainder of her life.
Barb is survived by children, Jim (Rhonda) Gosen, West St. Paul, Greg (Karen) Gosen, of Albert Lea, Minn., Charles (Patty) Gosen, Acworth, Ga., and Judy Baker, Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Charles "Buck" Gosen, of Brainerd, Tanya (Nathan) Hallgren, of Duluth, and Nick Gosen, of Albert Lea. Great-grandchildren are Ethan, Ian and Taylor Hallgren; sisters, Ramona Posch, of St. James, and Elizabeth (Don) Trusty, of Fort Ripley, Minn.; brothers, John (Joyce) Klaras, Seneca, S.C., and Jerry (Betty) Klaras, of Hoyt Lakes, Minn.; sisters-in-law Gertie Klaras, of Webster, Minn., Darlene Klaras, of Elgin, Ill., and Lila Klaras, of Gilbert, Minn.; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; parents, James and Barbara; brothers, Jim, Dick and Robert; brother-in-law, John Posch; and grandson, Jericho James "J.J." Baker.
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