Barbara A. ‘Babs’ Prochniak (nee Obst)

"She will be deeply missed by her family and will forever hold a most precious place in our hearts."

Barbara A. "Babs" (nee Obst) Prochniak, 70, of town of Troy, completed her journey here on Earth while being surrounded by her loving family Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was the beloved wife and best friend for 51 years to James. She was a loving, cherished and devoted mom to Stephanie (Rocky) Luebke, Kevin (Lori) Prochniak, Tamye (Randy) Drefahl, Gina (Jim) Taylor and Brian Prochniak. Emptiness will be felt by her grandchildren, Shannon (Garrett) Guenther, Wayne (Katherine) Luebke, Andrea (Eric) Eibs, Amanda and Adam Prochniak, Ryan, Michael and Matthew Drefahl, Brianna and Brooke Taylor and Gavin Prochniak, and by her greatgrandchildren, Sydney and Logan Guenther. Barb was the dear daughter of Estelle Obst; fond sister of Alan (Paulette) Obst, Tom (Carol) Obst and Sherry (Bruce) Sarnowski; and sister-in-law of Eugene (Carol) Prochniak. She is further survived by special nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends and her dearest friends, Dolly and Barb.

She was preceded in death by her beloved daddy, Willard "Willy" Obst; very precious aunt, Arlene Krueger; father-in-law, John Prochniak; and mother-inlaw, Leocadia Prochniak.

Barb touched the hearts and lives of everyone she met. She was a longtime active member and past president of the Mukwonago Lioness, an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Mukwonago, a past Girl Scout troop leader and was very involved with the Pioneers Drum and Bugle Corps. She had been a longtime member of St. James Catholic Church in Mukwonago.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the 3 p.m. Mass of Christian burial Sunday, Aug. 10, at St. James Catholic Church, 830 Highway NN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used to establish a scholarship in Barbara’s name to the Mukwonago Lioness.

The family is grateful for the care given by Barbara’s family doctor, Dr. Gharia in Mukwonago, and Dr. Kamaraju of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center in Oconomowoc. A difficult passing was made easier by the caring staff at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

Church and Chapel Ritter-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.