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Barbara J Schneider

Barbara J Schneider

Barbara J. “Barb” Schneider, age 78, formerly of Eau Galle, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2022 at Comforts of Home in Menomonie, WI with her family by her side.

Barb was born on November 19, 1943 at home in Durand, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Leon and Margaret (Kelly) Kraft and was one of 15 children. Barb grew up in Durand and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, which was one of her mother’s dreams. Barb married “The Love of Her Life” Herb Schneider on April 28,1962 at St. Mary’s in Durand. Together, they enjoyed 50 wonderful years of marriage. In 1972, Barb and Herb purchased the tavern in Eau Galle and renamed it The Polecat’s Den. They owned and operated the tavern until 1975 when they sold it to focus on raising their children. Barb also drove school bus for Durand School District for many years, which allowed her to be home everyday to manage the household. Like all the Kraft girls, Barb ran a tight ship at home, cooking and cleaning. She loved to take care of people to include raising six kids of her own, taking in three foreign exchange students, caring for elderly in the community and caring for her sister Verla “Birdie”.

Barb enjoyed bowling, shooting pool, singing, cooking, canning, traveling around the world with Herb to visit family and friends, sitting by a good campfire, and being with her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

Barb is survived by her children; Kimberly (Todd) Schneider-Kunkel of Durand, Leonard (Ann) of Mondovi, Missy (Greg) Moore of Boyceville, Kandy (Bill) Wolf of Lakewood, WA, Frank “Bommer” (Lori) and Herb “Chops” (Jennifer), both of Durand, 16 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, three brothers: Larry (Catherine) Kraft of Cincinnati, OH, Daniel (Diane) Kraft of Black River Falls, and Darrell (Donna) Kraft of Oak Grove, MN, three sister; Kathryn Bauer of Menomonie, Karen Bauer of Durand, Judith Manor of Altoona, sisters-in-law; Diane Weber of Trego and Darlene Schneider of Frostproof, FL, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Herb, her parents, two brothers; James Kraft, Elwood “Toby” Kraft, six sisters; Lavone Benson, Verla Kraft, Betty Luther, Isabel Seipel, Clara Gifford and Mary Weissinger, and her great granddaughter Stella Donna Richardson.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle. Rev. Jerry Hoeser will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the church cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Memorials are preferred in Barb’s name and may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Carolyn Kothbauer Peterson

    Kim, I’m sorry to hear your mom passed away.

  2. Judy and John Parr

    Sorry for you of a wonderful person. Hugs to all. Take care

  3. Craig and Mary Johanns

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of Barb. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. She was a wonderful lady.

  4. Thom Rutherford

    Family: Sorry to hear of the loss of Barb!! She was a wonderful lady and my friend since High school. Many Happy Memories of hanging around with the Gang at Little EauGalle, up North. May the happiness that she always showed live on with you forever. Thom Rutherford and ALL the Family.

  5. Carol Jean Pickerign

    My condolences to the Schneider family
    Great memories with her and your dad. Sending our love and prayers to all.

  6. Val Nelson

    So sorry to hear of Barb's passing. Deepest sympathy to all of her family.

  7. Amanda Glaus

    I am sorry to hear of Barb's passing. Many good memories made, from spending time at Barb and Herb's house with Jessica to helping out with Verla. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family during this difficult time. Praying for God's peace for you all.

  8. Pat and Al Baier

    So sorry to hear about Barb's passing. She was a great pool player back in the day. I always considered her a friend. Our sympathy to the family.

  9. Paula Smith

    To the family of Barb Schneider I'm truly sorry for your loss she was a very nice lady and she was always there when you needed to talk to her I know it's hard but I'm sure she Will be looking at you all and you all should remember the good times. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers

  10. Judy and John parr

    Such a nice person sorry to hear of loss hugsy all

  11. Joanne ‘McRoberts’ Hovey

    Sincere sympathy to The family of Barb. She was a kind women and have good memories of her in Eau Galle.

  12. Sharon griffin

    So sorry Kim . You have my sympathy .cylu

  13. Kathy /Tom Bowman

    Dear cousin family, sorry for the loss of mom. She is hugging and smuching Herb the love of her life ❤️

  14. Pat Petrie / Kurth

    My condolences to the family, especially young Herb. Prayers to the entire family,

  15. Laurie Goodrich

    So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful, fun, kind hearted person. I always enjoyed her visits!

  16. Kathleen Lieffring

    Barb was such a fun person to visit with. I remember sitting around the campfire up north & sharing drinks & Eau Galle memories with her & Herb...such a relaxing time. My thoughts & prayers for the family left behind!

  17. Jerry & Sue Bauer

    Herb and all the family….so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love ya’s. Sue and jerry

  18. Chris olson

    So sorry to hear of your moms passing , such a sweet lady , funny Her. And her are back to dancing

  19. Donna Karshbaum

    We are so Sorry for Your Loss of Your Loved One, Barb was a Great Person, Hang on to the Good Memories, God Bless You All ????????❤️????????

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