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Barbara A. Theobald

March 9, 2013
Fairmont Sentinel

SHERBURN - A Mass of Christian burial for Barbara A. Theobald, 87, of Edina-Hopkins, Minn., formerly of Sherburn, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Sherburn, Minn., with Father Brian Sutton as Celebrant and Father Charles Quinn as Con-Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Luke's Catholic Cemetery in Sherburn, Minn.

Barbara was called to her eternal rest on Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Hopkins, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday in the Parish Center at the church.

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Barbara Ann Theobald was born July 18, 1925, in Jay Township, near Sherburn, Minn., to Ambros and Petronella (Mauris) Theobald. She attended a rural school, graduated from Sherburn High School in 1943 and later graduated from Mankato State Teacher's College in 1945. Barbara started her teaching career in 1944 at a rural school and taught for 10 years in elementary schools in southwestern Minnesota and Stillwater. While teaching, she continued her professional education, receiving a B.A. degree from what is now Northern Colorado University in Greeley and an M.A. at the University of Minnesota. Barbara left teaching in 1955 to join a school textbook publisher, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, which later became a division of CBS. She worked as a consultant in marketing books. In 1964, she moved to New York City to join the company's editorial staff and became senior editor of the elementary mathematics series. In 1970, she became administrative editor of the language arts department and, in 1977, she was made executive editor of the reading department. In these administrative roles, she directed the development of the content of the textbooks, managed other aspects of their production, and traveled extensively to schools around the country. She continued her professional education by taking relevant classes at Hunter College, Columbia University Teacher's College and the Printing Institute of New York. She retired from Holt, Rinehart and Winston/CBS in 1985 and continued to write professional materials for other publishers.

Barbara moved to Edina, Minn., in June 1991. She worked as a volunteer at the Science Museum of Minnesota and at Christ the King Church Library, and traveled several times to Europe, Australia and other parts of the world.

She is survived by her two sisters, Lucy (Frank) Filo of Menomonee Falls, Wis., and Julia Layden of Barstow, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Clara Theobald and Gen Theobald both of Sherburn, Minn.; and 15 nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Francis, Philip and Mathias Theobald, all whom resided in the Sherburn area; sister-in-law, Lorraine Theobald; brother-in-law, William Layden and other relatives.

Memorials may be sent to the Dollars for Scholars program at Martin County West School District, Sherburn, Minn.



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