Official Obituary of

Barbara Lynn (Andersen) Gilmartin

November 10, 1938 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Barbara Gilmartin Obituary

Barbara Lynn Gilmartin, a beacon of kindness and love, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2024, in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, after a courageous battle with cancer.


Born on November 10, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, Barbara's life was a tapestry of joy, family, and unyielding spirit.


Barbara's early life in Chicago set the stage for a journey filled with love and laughter. Her heart found its counterpart in William Gilmartin, with whom she built a life defined by companionship and mutual respect. Together, they navigated the world, creating a home that would be filled with the echoes of children's laughter and the warmth of shared memories.


As a mother to Steven Drueen, Laurie Gilmartin, Linda Gilmartin-Kippes, and Karen (Bruce) Maki; Barbara instilled in her children the values of kindness and generosity. Her nurturing spirit extended to her grandchildren: Amy (Aaron) Johnson, Nicole (Mike) Johnson, Ryan (Hayleigh) Maki, April (Jake) Drueen, Jereme (Lewanna) Dahmen, Rochelle Dahmen, Eric Kippes, Jaime (Micah) Miller, Melissa Mackey, Keith Gilmartin; sister, Pamela Andersen; and to her many nephews, nieces, and great-grandchildren, who will carry forward her legacy of love.


Barbara's passion for life was evident in the simple pleasures she cherished. She found solace and joy at her camper on the serene shores of Lake Kabetogama, where she and William created a haven from the bustle of everyday life. Whether piecing together puzzles or losing herself in a good book on her Kindle, Barbara embraced each moment with gratitude and contentment.


Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Andersen and Laura Margree; who no doubt welcomed her with open arms.


As the sun sets on Barbara's earthly journey, we take comfort in the knowledge that her spirit lives on in the memories we hold dear and in the love that binds us together. We celebrate a life well-lived, a legacy of love, and the countless ways in which she enriched our lives.


In honoring Barbara's memory, we reflect on the joy she brought into our world, the lessons she taught us, and the unwavering kindness she extended to all. Her spirit will continue to guide us, her love will forever be our anchor, and her memory will always be a blessing to those who were fortunate enough to know her.


Barbara Lynn Gilmartin's light will never fade; it will continue to shine in the hearts of those she loved and in the lives of those she touched. We say goodbye with heavy hearts, but we also rejoice in the knowledge that she lived fully, loved deeply, and left us with a treasure trove of beautiful memories. Barbara, your spirit will live on eternally, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

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