Barbara Jean Work

March 25, 1937February 8, 2019

Barbara J. Work, 81, went to be with our Lord Jesus, Friday, February 8, 2019. She was the third daughter of the late Herbert J. and Delphine Bauer and was a lifetime resident of Fort Wayne. She enjoyed her summer home with her family at Manapogo, fishing.

She is survived by the love of her life and spouse of 63 years Robert; children Linda (Bruce) McGehee, David Work and Polly (Steve) Hull and; brother Herbert (Patricia) Bauer; grandchildren Brandon (Elise) Bohl, Jason (Dorinda) Work, Whitney (Paul) Mendez, Nicholas (Johanna) Work, Mason Work and Emily Hull and Great Grandchildren Paul Jr., Isabelle, Gabrielle, Jadee, Annabelle, Isaiah, Malachai, Gabriel, Lilly, Arianna, Elijah; and two unborn babies.

She was preceded in death by her son Michael and sisters Dorothy and Carol.

Mass of the Catholic Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019, with visitation one hour prior at St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Catholic Church, 11337 U.S. 27, Fort Wayne. Visitation will also be 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday with Rosary service at 4:00 p.m., February 11, 2019, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road.

She will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Cemetery.

The family requests memorial gifts be made to Robert Work.


  • Mr. Robert Work



  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Rosary Service Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Mass of the Christian Burial Tuesday, February 12, 2019


  • Final Resting Place

Barbara Jean Work

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Kari Rietdorf-Troxel

February 10, 2019

Uncle Bob, Linda, David, Polly, and family:
My heart is broken with you in the passing of a very special woman, Aunt Barbara. There was never a time in my life I felt unloved by her... she was always kind and interested in those around her. Grateful to have been her niece and influenced by her life. You are all in my prayers. Kari