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Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Berends


Barbara “Bobbie” Berends

Barbara Ann (Bobbie) Berends, age 89, of Glenwood City, WI, passed away at Glenhaven Care Center on January 18, 2022 with family at her side.

Bobbie was born on June 18, 1932, to Lester and Rose (Kolasinski) Hansen of Glenwood City.

Shortly after she was born, the family moved to Waukesha. They moved back to Glenwood City when Bobbie was in high school. She graduated in 1949.

She then attended a 1 year course at Rasmussen Business College.

The family farmed for a time, and then purchased the tavern which came to be called “Rose’s Bar”, which her mother Rose Schneider, ran until she was in her 80s.

Bobbie met the love her life, Duane Berends, while in high school. The two were married on October 6th, 1951, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glenwood City, by Father Niggeman.

To this marriage, a string of 11 boys were born in a span of 10 years. The last two were twins.

In 1970, Shari, their niece, came to live with them. She lived with them until her marriage. It was quite a shock for the boys to have a girl in the house!

Bobbie and Duane also hosted 2 exchange students from Mexico.

Needless to say, Bobbie was kept busy taking care of them all. Laundry day was five days a week, with 7-8 loads a day. She also baked her own bread, 25 loaves a week, besides extra loaves weekly from Gale’s Bakery.

She also baked pails full of cookies each week, and at Christmas over 1,000 cookies.

While the boys were in school, Bobbie and Duane followed all the school events of the kids, including football, basketball, track, wrestling, band and FFA. They were also very involved in the Sunnyside Shamrocks 4-H Club, where they participated in the fair, as well as softball. Duane was the club leader for many years, and Bobbie was a project leader.

By the time the last of the kids graduated, they had grandchildren’s games and programs to attend as well.

Bobbie was also involved in the Council of Catholic Women, where she helped serve at funerals, clean church, etc. She was the recipient of the Pax Christi award in 2013 for her service to the church.

When Duane’s dad, Bill, passed away, they took in 3 cows, at the boys’ request. They slowly expanded to 16. When the boys all graduated, Bobbie and Duane took over the chores for a SHORT time, as it became just too exciting for the two of them.

Besides all that, Bobbie worked outside the home for many years. She worked for Rivard’s Law Office, Glenhaven, and for the last 20+ working years, at the New Richmond Clinic. She retired at the age of 77.

Bobbie loved to read and belonged to a book exchange with some of the local ladies. She also knitted, crocheted, decorated cakes-including many of the kids’ wedding cakes and graduation cakes, playing cards, making her own greeting cards and traveling.

Bobbie will be dearly missed by her large family and many friends.

She is survived by one sister: Pat Schneider

Children: Dennis (Doris), Dick (Jo), Don (Ann), Dale (JoAnn), daughter-in-law Vicki, Doug (Deb), Dean (Deb), Daryl (JoAnn), Darwin (Laurel), Jim (Jane), Joe (Julie), and Shari (Mick) Rosenow.

Grandchildren: Brad (Angie), Jodi (Tim), Gary (Ashley), Adam (Sarah),Krista (Ryan), Cory (Anna), Lisa, Rick (Jill), Valori (Dan), Luke (Krista), Linda (Greg), Ellie, Travis, Christopher (Jenny), Tyler (Nicole), Jill (Marcus), Katie (Jason), Betsy (Andrew), Chastity (Tim), Ryan, Matthew, Isaac, Casey( Rick), Cody, Derrick (Ashley), Darren (Marie), Jennifer, Jonathan (Jenny), Janae (Josh), Joshua (Brittany), Nick (Debra), Kathy (Adrian), Marcus, Will, and Tom.

61 Great Grandchildren and 4 Great-great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lester and Rose Hansen, husband Duane, son Dan, grandsons Steve and Dustin.

Visitation was held at the Anderson Funeral Home on Sunday, January 23rd from 5-8 p.m. and one hour before services on Monday at the church. Wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services were on Monday, January 24th at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glenwood City, with Father John Long officiating.

Burial was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery immediately following services.

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