Barbara Howard - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

October 14, 1938 - September 22, 2013

Barbara Ann Howard, born October 14, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA to parents Ralph W. Becker and Eudora P. Howard. A youngster who pursued many interests such as snow and water skiing, learning to cook, sew, knit and help Dad use tools. As a young lady she pursued education and also was her college Homecoming Queen. Summer work included a starring role at the newly opened Disneyland. After college she pursued a career in the marketing and beauty field in the Chicago area, where she married her boss, the late Ray Perlman and helped raise his son, Murray Perlman. This allowed Barbara to develop a new love of flying and she became an accomplished twin-engine pilot of her own planes and helped Ray build a very fine national beauty business. Barbara was a bundle of energy as a member of the Junior League of Minneapolis, Junior League of St. Paul, the Minnesota Opera and Boys and Girls Clubs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. She taught gourmet cooking at Normandale College and enjoyed her Minnetonka rose gardening and loved traveling the world, most recently with her late-in-life soul mate, Bruce Hasselberg, of Bloomington, MN and San Antonio, TX. Two sisters survive her: Patricia Nadsady, of Simi Valley, CA andKathleen Hughes, of Malibu, CA, and step-son, Murray Perlman. She passed quietly, surrounded by her friends and loved ones on September 22, 2013.

Barbara was an anonymous giver, but wanted memorials sent to the American Cancer Society and the N.C.Little Hospice in Edina.


  1. Sandra Melberg says:

    I am heartbroken and you must be also. We will be missing a beautiful lady!! We worked together at the Stanton Group. Many years ago I hired Barbara. We became close friends. I do not live in the Twin Cities any more, but at least once a year we would still get together. We shared October birthdays. We were together less than a year ago, and she told me she had not been well, but I had no idea cancer would take her life so soon. Every October I will think of her now. It was a privilege to know her. My sincere sympathy to all of you. When someone you loe becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. May your many remembrances of Barbara fill your lives with peace.

  2. Deb Krolick says:

    I will miss Barbara. We worked together at Stanton Group and I apways appreciated her help and kindness. I am glad that we were able to meet at one of the Stanton alumni get togethers earlier this year. I will treasure that memory. Mu condolences on the olss oth this wonderful lady.

  3. Cokey Parker says:

    Bill and I so miss our new friend and neighbor, Barbara. She loved our little dog and would walk her every day, at least once. At 2PM most days she would call and ask to walk Izzy. To this day when the phone rings about that time, Izzy gets excited. She sits outside and looks for Barbara to come out of her door. She was a fantastic cook and gardener. A very warm and caring person.
    Miss you Barbara…….

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