Sarah Mindiola Barse

Nov. 1, 1981 — Sept. 17, 2014 

Sarah Mindiola BarseSarah was born on Nov. 1, 1981 to Ramona and John Mindiola, Jr. in Junction City, Kan.

Along with her big brother, John III, they filled their home with joy, love and laughter.

After her father was honorably discharged from the U .S. Army, the happy family returned to Waukesha, her parents’ birthplace.

They shared many happy memories doing important things like going to the pumpkin farm, family vacation road trips, making snow angels and spending time with family and friends.

With a passion for learning, Sarah attended Escuelita, Rose Glen Elementary, Central Middle School and Waukesha West High School, where she was a graduate in the class of 2000. She was a scholar athlete and an honor student.

She played on the women’s basketball team and was a shot putter for the women’s track and field team. Under the leadership of Tony Bralick, she managed the men’s cross country team. Sarah and everyone else bravely carried on when Coach Bralick left them too soon.


Sarah was a first-generation college graduate, earning her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in December 2004.

It was while attending school there, she met the love of her life, Michael Barse.

Back in Waukesha after graduation, she pursued her nursing degree at Waukesha County Technical College and became a registered nurse in March 2008.

Her first job was in the operating room at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital. Most recently, she was employed at Bluemound Surgery Center.

Sarah and Mike were united in marriage on May 24, 2008, at the Noble Victory Memorial Chapel at St.

Johns Military Academy, Delafield. She was a beautiful, beaming bride. They made their home in Waukesha.

Just nine months into their marriage, Sarah was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She bravely battled a long, hard fight with courage, grace and dignity.

She was such an inspiration to all who knew her. Her wit and charm kept others at ease and she made new friends through a survivors network. Sometimes she would take along her famous baked goods to the wonderful staff in the Faith Clinic. She was grateful for the exceptional care she was receiving. This past June, Sarah’s Squad raised $4,300 for PurpleStride Milwaukee. However you knew Sarah, you knew her as a true friend. She loved music and laughter, baking/cooking and doing various craft projects, including creative states. Her passport had stamps from London, Paris and Rome. She did everything with such passion and she loved her life. Sarah was called home to Heaven on Sept. 17, 2014, from her home, surrounded by her loved ones. We will always remember her beautiful spirit.

Sarah will be deeply missed by her devoted husband, Michael; her loving parents, John Jr. and Ramona Mindiola (nee Castillo); best big brother, John Mindiola III (Tracy); nephew Christian Mindiola and niece Julianna Mindiola, Maple Grove, Minn.

She is also survived by her parents-in-law Don and Doreen Barse, Slinger; and sister-in-law, Sarah N. Barse, Butler.

She will be deeply missed by her maternal grandparents, Genaro Castillo and Ruth Castillo, both of Watertown. Also her paternal grandparents, John Mindiola Sr.

(Bonnie), Waukesha, and Paula Mindiola, Monahans, Texas. She is further survived by many supportive aunts, uncles, and cousins, incredible friends and colleagues.

Sarah’s family would like to thank her team of doctors at Froedtert, especially her oncologist Paul Ritch and her surgeons Kathleen Christians and Douglas Evans. The took such good care of her and helped her richly enjoy 5 1/2 glorious years.

They would also like to thank Horizon Home Care & Hospice for giving her the freedom to be treated in the comfort of her home.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road , Waukesha, WI 53188 (four blocks south of Interstate 94 at highways J & JJ). Burial immediately following the service at St. Joseph Cemetery, S22-W22890 Broadway, Waukesha, WI 53186 In lieu of flowers, you may send memorial gifts, in Sarah’s honor, to support the Faith Clinic’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Program or the We Care Fund. Send gifts to the Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509 or online at http://secure.mcw.edu.