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Barbara (Probst) Wollan
September 14, 1936 ~ September 16, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
Passed away peacefully on September 16, 2023 supported by her loving family. Preceded in death by parents Fred and Eileen Welch Probst; Grandparents, James and Alice Welch and John and Harriet Probst; Monsignor Robert Probst and Father Bernard Coughlin.
Barb lived the majority of her life in St. Paul attending St. Mark’s grade school, followed by St. Clara Academy in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin and back to St. Paul where she attended the College of St. Catherine (1958) and received her BS in nursing.
Married Charles Wollan in 1958 and spent the next twelve years raising her eight children. She returned to nursing at Midway hospital working nights alongside her wonderful friends and colleagues. She eventually moved into nursing administration until her retirement from HealthEast in 1998.
Her commitment to her Catholic faith was central to her life. During retirement she gave generously of her time supporting several ministries at Nativity parish including, attending daily 8:15 mass, funeral lunch leadership, NCCW, Grandparent’s Apostolate, Eucharistic Adoration, and Birthright.
Her grandchildren were blessed by her constant presence at all their activities and her famous New Year’s Eve celebrations! Her time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at the lake was treasured by all.
Barb was blessed to have a loving sister, Gretchen and brother-in-law, Mike Caprio as faithful companions who brought her tremendous joy.
Barb is survived by the eight joys of her life - her children (the originals) Mary (Tim) Quigley, Anne (Tom) Kocon, Tom (Joan) Wollan, Terri Wollan, Sue (Al) Fan, Kate Wollan, Eileen (Paul) Ryan, and Robert (Carolyn) Wollan; her 22 grandchildren (The Next Generation) Mike (Emily) Quigley, Brian (Sarah) Quigley, John (Dotsie) Quigley, and Kevin Quigley; Carlee (Todd) Canfield, Marty (Kelsey) Kocon, Kaytie Kocon, and Mickey (Sam) Kocon; Megan (Bob) Thompson, Tom Jr. (Jenny) Wollan, and Joe (Heather) Wollan; Ross (Claire) Stickler, and Sara Stickler; Allie, Kasey, and Tara Fan; Tim (Shannon) Ryan and Chris (Taylor) Ryan; and Elizabeth, Catherine, Emily, and Robbie Wollan. Last by not least came the 15 great grandchildren, Zoey Quigley, Patrick Quigley, Leo Quigley, Kendra and (baby C) Canfield, Finn and Breckin Kocon, Max and Mia Thompson, Paige, Blake and Sydney Wollan, Claire Wollan, Dechlan and Weston Ryan.
Visitation on Thursday, September 21, 5:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M at O’Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home, Snelling Ave. Visitation rosary service at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass on Friday, September 22, 10:30AM (additional visitation 9:30AM) at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, located at 1938 Stanford Ave., St. Paul. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial preferred to Nativity School Scholarship Fund, St. Catherine University - Barbara Probst Wollan Scholarship Fund for Nursing, or donor’s choice.