PEMBINE – Barbara Ann Wisniewski, 69, of Pembine, passed away Oct. 24, 2013, after a fall, in Cadott, Wis.
Born Sept. 18, 1944, in Milwaukee to Elaine Colby and the late Roger Colby, she grew up in the Milwaukee area, then met her future husband, Joseph M. Wisniewski. They were married Oct. 7, 1961, and were blessed with two daughters, Margaret and Valerie.
Her husband was an upholsterer and she was a seamstress, and to pursue their business, they moved to Unity, Wis., in 1971. Barbara worked for Kramer’s Family Center in Abbotsford as a manager of the fabric department, sewing clothes to showcase in the store. In 1983, they moved to Pembine, starting up the upholstery business and “Barb’s Basic Fabrics” in the front of the upholstery shop. When her store closed she began working at Anderson Foods Grocery Store in Pembine as a cashier, and then in the meat department. She was employed there for many years and when it became Pembine Food Depot, she became manager of the meat department.
Barbara did many sewing jobs for people in town, making wedding dresses, christening gowns, and outfits for young girls showing horses and competing. She enjoyed the pool league she belonged to and the many friends she made. She also enjoyed craft projects, crocheting and cooking.
After her husband passed away on April 23, 1992, she found love again with Bob Bender who became her companion for many years. Due to health issues, she retired from meat cutting and was working at Wausaukee Composite until her health declined and she was forced to retire. She then spent time with Bob and their dog Jessie. She loved her three grandchildren more than anything and loved spending time with them.
She is survived by her mother, Elaine Colby of Cadott; a sister, Wendi Grodevant of Cadott; a brother, Gary (Donna) Colby of Eau Claire, Wis.; two daughters, Margo Wisniewski (Scott Zahorik) of Niagara, Wis. and Val Wisniewski (Christopher Kane) of Pembine; a brother-in-law, Jerry (Esther) Wisniewski of Oklahoma; special friend, Bob Bender of Pembine; three grandchildren; and many special aunts, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Jerome Michael Wisniewski; husband, Joseph M. Wisniewski; father, Roger Colby; and brother, Bradley Colby.
A celebration of life visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. followed by the service at Northwoods Chapel, W8046 Aspen Lane in Pembine, Wis.
Leiser Funeral Home in Cadott is assisting the family.