Barbara Ann Kranich (nee Fahle)

Feb. 17, 1929 Ė Feb. 14, 2014

Longtime Pewaukee resident Barbara Ann Kranich (nee Fahle) died February 14, 2014. Born February 17,1929, Barbara lived a life filled with grace, art and literature, and a deep appreciation for the natural world.

Barbís love of camping, scouting and birding was in stark contrast to her urban upbringing in Chicagoís downtown, though city life surely fostered her lifelong fascination with museums, music and libraries. Barb was an accomplished violinist, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in history, and after raising her family, returned to school to become a reading specialist in the Merton School District.

As a young woman, Barb dreamed of raising a large family in a small, lakeside community that offered good schools, strong music programs and a rural setting. Pewaukee in the 1960s provided such a backdrop. As a young mother, Barb directed the Gethsemane Methodist Church choir, sang with the Waukesha Choral Union, performed with a string quartet and lead Girl Scout Troop 309. She fought passionately on behalf of local conservation efforts, and became an amateur bird watcher of some authority in the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology. Barb and Lee shared a love of travel and the diversity of wildlife, and one of their great adventures was a trip to the Galapagos. Even as Parkinsonís took its toll on her body, Barb maintained a dry wit, a love of conversation and rarely lost a game of Scrabble. Of all her accomplishments, Barb was most proud of her family.

Barb is survived by her husband, Lee, and her children, Robin Ohlgren of Moscow, Idaho; Scott Ohlgren of Boulder, Colo.; Kurt Ohlgren (and Teri) of Northville, Mich.; Lauren Ohlgren (and Virginia Stockwell) of Corvallis, Ore.; and Eric Ohlgren (and Tina Rosling) of Knoxville, Tenn. Barb is also survived by 10 grandchildren, and her numerous loyal and loving friends.

She was preceded in death by an infant grandson and granddaughter, Serena Karlan.

The family is planning a memorial service to celebrate Barbís life for later this spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology.

Yonke and Son Funeral Home, 691-1900, is serving the family.