Barbara Manthey

July 22, 1936February 17, 2018
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Barbara was born in Shelby County, IN to Loran and Mable Cochran on July 22,1936. She married Stanley Manthey on December 2, 1953. They built a home in Circle Pines, MN where they lived for 42 years and raised their five children. They then moved to North Branch, MN where she lived for twenty years. Barb always said her job title was a Domestic Engineer. Her job that she loved was raising the five children and watching numerous other children in the neighborhood along with her grand children and great grand children. Barb's favorite things were going for walks with her companion dog Lilly Bell of the Valley, feeding the birds Cardinals were her favorite, watching the deer in her backyard. Gardening, red roses. Fishing, snowmobiling, bowling, riding bike, camping, dancing. Puzzles, sewing and crocheting blankets for all of the Grandchildren and Great grandchildren. And most of all she loved to bake cookies for family and friends. All her friends at the Senior Center called her "Barb the Baker". she enjoyed volunteering at The Eastern Star where she has been a long time member, The Senior Center and the Church.

Barb is preceded in death by her Husband Stanley, Daughter Doris, Father Loran, Mother Mabel, and Brother Joe.

Survived by her beloved dog Lilly Sister Dorothy Mae Children Tom (Cathie), Donette (Rick), Loran (Jolene) , Mark Grandchildren Lucas, Nicole (Josh), Maria, Bonnie (Mike), Melissa (Jace), Nathan, Frank (Rachel), Samantha (John), Duane, Connie, Christopher, Alisa, Kayla (Steve) Great Grandchildren Adam, Benjamin, Adrianna, Wyatt, Kieran, Julian, Talia, Adeline, Skylar, Ripley

~Memorial Service~ 11 AM Saturday March 3, 2018 at Gearhart Funeral Home 11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota with visitation beginning at 10 AM.

~Burial~ Morningside Memory Gardens Cemetery Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Gearhart Funeral Home 763-755-6300


  • Visitation Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 3, 2018

Barbara Manthey

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Kayla Manthey

March 3, 2018

My grandma was my favorite person in the entire world. We shared everything together.. even a birthday :)

You always listened when I needed to vent about my day with hugs that healed every problem. You were the kind of person to do everything that you could to help me. You were kind, gentle and had a never ending love that cannot be replaced.

You always did that little extra to let me know you loved me. Whether it was making my favorite home cooked meal when I came to visit, reassuring me that I was doing the best I could, or just simply telling me how much you loved me. I will always do the best I can, grandma. After all, I learned by your example.

When Skylar was born you came to visit us in the hospital and I'll never forget the feeling I felt when my two favorite people met for the first time. It was one of the proudest moments of my life. I will instill all that you have taught me in Skylar and I will make sure she always remembers you, I promise. She loves you so much.

You are my angel, my best friend, my inspiration.

"I hope you're dancing in the sky, I hope you're singing on the angels choir. I hope the angels know what they have, I bet it's so nice up in heaven since you arrived"

I love you grandma. Always and forever.

-your birthday girl.

Bonnie Schummer

March 2, 2018

You are the greatest there ever was. I'll miss your angel kisses and good night hugs. I'll miss your homemade bbq chicken, pizza, and your caramel corn. As a child growing up I never wanted to leave, but as my tears ran down my face you said, " you can come home anytime" then you'd hug and kiss me.
Grandma I didn't want you to leave, but you are home now with grandpa. Until we meet again.
I miss you
I love you💜

Love your granddaughter

Nicole Manthey

March 2, 2018

what I will miss most about my grandma is her giggle when the boy's called her great great grandma or swore (shhhh...) which was VERY rarely . Her sweet voice calling me and saying "good morning sweetheart!"
And how much she love all of us so much! Many conversations that will be missed and a lot of laughs! Also how much love (and cookies... and treats...) she gave to her grand and great grand babies will truly be missed by all of us!
Love you GREAT great grandma!

Cathie Manthey

March 1, 2018

Barb you were the best Mother-in-law a gal could ever ask for. You were a sweet caring loving woman. You helped in raising our children we were never far from you . We lived next door to her on Lexington for 20 years then when we all had to leave our homes we still didn't move far from her again. Thank you for being there for us and we loved helping you when ever you needed it. I'm going to miss you and your sweet smile. I love you and miss you , Heaven received a beautiful angel...

Pat Menne-Hannigan

February 27, 2018

I met Barb a few years ago at the Chisago County Senior Center. I was volunteering and Barb came in to have coffee with us.
She would come in often and eventually we became friends. She use to want to just visit and share things about what was going on in her life. We talked about Stanley, her family and anything else she wanted to talk about. We each knew whatever we discussed was between us. Eventually she became known as "Cookie Lady Barb" because she started bringing in cookies she made every week. She loved doing this. She didn't want to take money for them so sometimes we would pick up the supplies for her. We finally convinced her to take some money for her cooking making skills. The last time I talked to her was on 02-04 when she asked if I would come get her when the weather got warmer.
Know that Barb was loved and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

William King

February 22, 2018

Barbara, can remember all us grandchildren being at grandpa & grandma's playing. Don't seem like that long ago. Going to miss you , Love you William & Patty King

Steven Lane

February 22, 2018

I am going to miss my Aunt Barbara very much. I enjoyed many wonderful summer vacations traveling to Minnesota and spending time with her and the whole family. I remember one time, Tom and I were playing superman in the basement. She told us it was time for bed but as kids, we continued to play anyway. Then all of a sudden, Tom and I, heard her footsteps coming down the stairs and she did not say a word and we both got a paddling and was sent to bed. She was soft spoken but she had Grandpa Cochran's staring eyes yet she was always kind and loving. We will miss her very much! Our prayers go out to Tom, Donette, Loran, and Mark and their families.
Steve, Lea Ann, Rachel, Steven

Dorothy Lane

February 22, 2018

Rusty Pulkka

February 22, 2018

Sad to see her gone,she was one of my other moms. She always had a smile when you seen her, Barb has gone to a better place, but her smile is still hear with us all

Steven Lane

February 22, 2018

I will miss my Aunt Barbara very much. I remember the time Tom and I were playing superman in the basement and she told us it was time to go to bed but we just kept playing anyway. About five minutes later, she came down the stairs and didn't tell us a second time. She then gave both Tom and I a paddling and she said, "I said get to bed!" I have so many good memories to good to tell in spending many summers with Aunt Barbara and Uncle Stanley and all my cousins. And we enjoyed every time she would come and visit us in Indiana. Thank you for being a wonderful Aunt! I know you are in heaven now and in peace. May God bless Tom, Donette, Loran, and Mark and their families.
Steve, Lea Ann, Rachel, Steven