Barbara J. Chapman
A private graveside service will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Chatfield, MN
The family will plan a public Celebration of Life service at a later date. The information will be posted to this website once a date and time has been determined.
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Monday, January 24, 1949
Date of Death:
Friday, May 1, 2020
71 years old
Barbara J. Chapman
Barbara Jean Chapman, 71, of Rochester, MN, died Friday, May 1st, 2020 at her home after a short illness.
Barb was born January 24th, 1949 in Chatfield, MN to Anthony and Eleanor (Perry) Brogan. She graduated from Chatfield High School and immediately started her career at Mayo Clinic. Barb lived in Chatfield for many years before moving to Rochester where she resided until her death.
Barb retired after 44+ years at Mayo in the Otorhinolaryngology Department or ENT, where she was an Education Program Coordinator within the Residency Program. She touched many lives and made such good friends that she cherished. Barb had a love for travel and was always planning her next adventure. She loved a glass of wine with friends if not a standing lunch or coffee date. After her retirement in 2017 if she wasn’t planning a trip, she enjoyed volunteering with several agencies including Channel One. She was an active member at St Pius X Catholic Church where she enjoyed being an usher.
Barb is survived by her only daughter, Sara Lynn Stebbins and son-in-law, Jason of Stewartville; her 3 beloved grandchildren, Nicholas (Kaity Armstrong) of Roseville, MN, and Ellie and Logan at home; sisters, Colleen (Larry) Putnam of Pillager, Mary (Steve) Horsman of Chatfield; brothers, Jerry (Jane) Brogan of Grand Meadow, James (Kerryn) Brogan, Keith (Carol) Brogan; and sister in law, Sharon Brogan all of Chatfield, MN. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, great niece and nephews and many friends. Barb was lucky enough to have a friendship with her son-in-law’s mother Peggy Stebbins who helped care for Barb in her final days along with family and the Mayo Hospice team.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister; brothers, Pat and Robert Brogan; and sister in law, Joyce Brogan.
A private family service will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Chatfield, MN. A Celebration of Life service, for the public, will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers Barb has requested donations to Channel One Food Shelf in Rochester.
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Sweet Barb. I am overwhelmed by this loss of someone so quickly. Barb always knew how to personally reach out even when you were in a crowd. Her tender kindness, her laughter, her presence will be missed. I feel grateful to have known you.
Jeannie Poterucha Carter
Our condolences on Barb's passing. She was always a welcoming and witty member of the Otorhinolaryngology Family and a helpful and caring person. Tom and I have been gone from Rochester for a very long time but remember Barb fondly. May you find peace at this difficult time, Sara and family.
Love from The McCaffrey Family
We'd like to send our deepest condolences to Barb's family and close friends at this time. Barb was such a great example of true Christ-like love and service to all of us residents and the staff in the ENT department at Mayo. She touched so many lives in so many positive ways. She always checked on us and truly cared about how we were doing both professionally and personally during our time under her watch. We'd all do well to aspire to her level of caring for others. May she rest in love and peace.
Doug & Nicky Henstrom
Sara, Jason and family: We know no words can lessen your loss, but please take comfort in knowing that Barb is at peace and left such a beautiful legacy. She was a great mother, grandmother, friend and co-worker. I worked with Barb since 1976 and she was very caring, efficient, and a great co-worker and friend. She was amazing and it breaks my heart that she is gone so quickly before she got to do more of the things she had planned. Know that our thoughts and prayers will continue for all of you at this difficult time, and we look forward to the time that we can all celebrate her wonderful life with you.
Dan and Kathy Gehling
Barb. What a good friend. She brought joy, laughter, and fun to my life and others. We met through Mayo Clinic, but so happy to say the friendship grew stronger with the fun trip to Laughlin, NV to celebrate her retirement. 18 friends together to celebrate Barbie. We've had fun adventures since and I will treasure all those memories.
Sending my sympathies and love.
Barb was such a kind, friendly face when I first went to Mayo for my away rotation as a medical student. This was such a blessing when that rotation can be so intimidating! She continued to be that way for the 5 years of residency afterward. So sorry for this sudden, deeply saddening loss but also glad she now can rest in peace.
Deepest condolences from our family to yours. Ms. Barb, you will never be forgotten.
-Neil and Jennifer Patel
Barb and I started working with residency programs around the same time. I was in General Surgery and we worked together closely for a number of years to get the ENT residents scheduled for their General Surgery rotations. She was always a good resource. When we were both on the 12th Floor, I would meet her in the break room or stop by her office, and we always talked way longer then we planned! I always enjoyed our conversations. I'm so glad I got to see her over lunch last spring before I retired and moved. My deepest sympathy to her family. She was a wonderful colleague and a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.
Barb was one of the first people I met on arrival in 1973. She was everything clearly described in the note from Drs Moore and Driscoll. She was one of the most positive people one could ever know. Our best to here family.
Steve and Carla Harner
She embodied the spirit of Mayo is so many ways. She was such a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed.
The O'Reilly Family
Sara, Jason & family, We are so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. She was such a sweet lady and I really enjoyed visiting her at your house.
Keep the wonderful memories close to your heart!
I am so sorry to hear this as I had the pleasure of working with Barb when I worked at Mayo ENT. She was such a great person and I always could go to her if I had questions about anything! She will be greatly missed. My condolences to her family.
I am truly sorry for your loss of Barb. What a beautiful person with such a kind and gentle heart. She made an impact on many, many lives, including mine even in the 10 years I spent with her in the ENT dept while on staff. I'm thankful for her and I pray that the God of all comfort would comfort you in the midst of your loss.
With sincerest condolences,
Dale Ekbom and family
I send my deepest condolences to Barb's family and the Mayo Clinic Otorhinolaryngology Family. Barb was a kind, generous and warm person who was very helpful to me early in my medical career. I requested an "away rotation" as a medical student, and Barb took care of the rest. Soon, I was busy in my rotation and she checked in just to make sure I was doing OK. Barb's thoughtfulness continued into residency. She was always the first person I would go to for any need. She even helped me sell my house when it was time to leave Rochester! Of the many fond memories I have of residency at Mayo, Barb is certainly one of the best. She will be missed by the Department, that's for sure. May she Rest in Peace and may God Bless you during this time of mourning.
It is with true sadness that we heard about Barb’s passing. She was truly an amazing, consistent, caring pillar in many of our lives for the five years of residency and Much time since then.
We all benefited from her calm wisdom, her sincere caring, and her ability to resolve what seem now to be trifles - but at the time were personal catastrophes.
Our deepest condolences for her family and the community of professional lives she touched.
I am sending my deepest condolences. Barb was everything Terra said and more. She will be dearly missed.
I am so sorry for your loss of such a warm and sweet person. I did not know Barb well personally, but I knew of her dedication to her work and I know she touched the lives and made a difference of the numerous physicians she worked with and helped develop into caring medical professionals. May you take comfort in knowing her impact was great. My deepest condolences to the family.
Sara, to you and your family and to the Brogan family - I send my deepest sympathy in the loss of Barb. She was an immediate friend when I first started working in the ENT Department and remained so. I always looked forward to our ENT group lunches and often think of the last one we had on March 13. She will forever be in my heart - a very dear and sincere friend. My prayers are with you all.
Dr. Thomas McDonald previous chair of Mayo Clinic ENT Dept. thought so very highly of Barbara & was always praising her to me. I also knew her & considered her to be so kind & friendly & I loved our conversations . She was faith filled & she shined with goodness.May she now rest in God’s embrace & in Mary’s mantle. God bless all of the family. Mary McDonald
We are so sorry for your loss. Barb was such a kind and thoughtful person. Her family meant so much to her, and We are glad you had such a great relationship. We will be thinking of you during this difficult time.