The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 14, 2014

Barbara Jean Park

Barbara Jean Park, 77, of Mooresville, North Carolina and Mankato, Minnesota, passed away March 10, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.   For several years, Ms. Park had been fighting breast cancer and now joins her husband John in Heaven.

 Barbara was born July 6, 1936, to Ernest and Sylvia Ferry of Waseca, Minnesota.  After high school, Barbara met Verlyn H. Thofson and married September 25, 1954.  Together the couple had four children and lived in the Albert Lea, Minnesota area.

 Barbara loved to sing and enjoyed the choir at West Freeborn Lutheran Church.  Ms. Park had a great desire to learn and in helping others.  In 1976, Barbara moved to Mankato, Minnesota.  She received three Masters of Science/Art degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Counseling from Mankato State University.  During this time, she met her second husband, Dr. John Nelson Park and married August 8, 1982 and remained married until John passed in February 2013.

 Barbara Park is survived by her first husband, Verlyn H. Thofson and their children, Susan Baldassare (husband, Frank Baldassare), Verlyn Allen Thofson, Shari Kagermeier (husband, Jeff Kagermeier), Bruce Thofson and her grandchildren, Serenity Thofson Larson, Randy Thofson Kauffmann, Paige Thofson Bauer, Miranda Thofson, Olivia Kagermeier, Arden Baldassare, and Nicole Thofson.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest & Sylvia Ferry, and her second husband Dr. John Nelson Park.   

 A Celebration of Barbara Parks life will be held at 11 am on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home,  494 East Plaza Drive,   Mooresville, NC 28115.  Visitation for family and friends will be one hour prior to the service.

 Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Park family.  Condolences may be made to the family at

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