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Barbara "Barb" Schmelzle

Barbara "Barb"  Schmelzle

Barbara, “Barb”,   Schmelzle age 67 of Menomonie, slipped suddenly from this life into the next on Tuesday August 13, 2019 at her home.

Barb was born November 15, 1951 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.  She was the daughter of Roman and Shirley (Fox) Schmid and graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids in 1969.  Barb attended Carroll College and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Barb worked as an Occupational Therapist in Hayward, Antigo, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and Dunn County.  She particularly enjoyed working in Home Health Care, although she worked in all areas of the field of Occupational Therapy.

Barb was kind, loving, and understanding of all people.   She was warm and welcoming, and made each person she encountered feel special and good about themselves.

Family was very important to Barb.  She was deeply devoted to, and loved her husband, two sons, and daughters in law, her grandchildren, siblings, and cousins.  She was the “north star” of her immediate and extended family.  When teamed up with her cousins, reunions and get-togethers ran smoothly.

A true nature lover at heart, Barb enjoyed bird watching, raising monarch butterflies, and observing the loons at the family cottage. She kept track of the eagles out the back window of the house, at the cottage, and online in Decorah, Iowa.

Barb was a third generation member of the P.E.O. sisterhood.  She cared deeply about the organization and her “sisters.”  A lifelong, avid Badger and Packer fan, Barb never tired of seeing Bucky Badger and the Badger band.  

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, niece Haley Schmid, and her mother Shirley’s second husband, Bob Cuff, her father and mother in law, Eleanore and Marvin Schmelzle, and a sister in law Marie Clare Schmelzle.

Barb is survived by her husband, Tom,: two sons, Scott (Toni) and Mark (Bette); three grandchildren, Calvin, Hannah and Eleanora “Nora”; one sister, Lynn (Al) Tetzloff; one brother, Bill (Cathy) Schmid: one niece, five nephews, and  one grand nephew, eight first cousins and their spouses,  two sister in laws, Sr. Margey, Schmelzle, Ann Arbuckle, and Bob’s daughter Judy Cuff.

Barb’s family would like to thank the Mayo Home Hospice team and the Mayo Clinic Health System Menomonie Outpatient Surgery doctors and nurses who treated Barb with love, tenderness, and kindness.

Barb’s family is eternally grateful to Jackie and Russell FourEagles and Reverend Kathleen Remund for their care and support of Barb.  They were a constant source of faith, hope, and encouragement.

A Celebration of Barb’s life will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday October 5, 2019 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Menomonie with Rev. Kathleen Remund officiating.  Friends may greet the family at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Barb Schmelzle Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Dunn County @ cfdunncounty.org.  The purpose of this fund is to ensure that Barb’s love, kindness and compassion toward her fellow human beings, animals, love of nature, and learning lives on.  These guiding principles will be used to make grants to enhance the outdoor world and environment, to support animal welfare, to help non-traditional women students with financial need make progress towards furthering their education in any field, and to help traditional women students with extreme and adverse life circumstances further their education.  


  1. Troy and Erica Koenig

    My family will be thinking of you and yours Team Schmelzle on Saturday. I hope each day gets a little better and your mom did an amazing job raising a guy I’m proud to call my friend. See you on the ball field soon Scott and I’d love to grab a beer with you when things settle down for you guys.

  2. Tom Welch

    I think often of you and your family. I felt so bad hearing of Barb's death. She will be in our prayers as will you, Scott and Mark. Barb was a special person. There will be a hole in your lives that only God can fill. He has made that promise and His promise is eternal.
    Tom and Mary Welch

  3. David Lindahl

    Tom, I was deeply saddened to learn of Barb’s passing. She was a wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I know how hard this is

  4. Amy Goldsworthy

    She raised a wonderful son who shows compassion and models integrity to his students in Lakeville. Her legacy lives on through him and his son. Well done, Barb.

  5. Jean (Heffernon) Hanneman

    I was so saddened to hear of Barb's passing. I had reconnected with her at our 45th class reunion, and was so looking forward to seeing her this year. Sweet and caring..that was Barb. I pray the Lord's tender love and comfort for you ...her family... Jean Hanneman

  6. Deanna & Jeff McMiller

    Bill, Cathy and family; God's peace to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Joe Warsinske

    A big hug from Colorado. Barb's infectious smile and blue eyes will be missed by all. The Schmidt Family has been a power influence to many.
    Phyllis & Joe (Iceman)

  8. Dave and Jane Eichhorn

    Bill and Cathy,
    So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. Cherish the memories and accept our sympathy and hugs! Love Ike and Jane

  9. Amy Riddle-Swanson

    Barb was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed. Love and heartfelt sympathy to her family.

  10. Jeff McCarthy

    Bill & Cathy:

    I'm saddened by the news of Barb's passing. You have endured more than your share of sorrow this year.

    Peace be with you...

    Love, Mac & Mary

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