Barbara A. Gadow, 75

Barbara A. Gadow (Kieren) of West Bend, died peacefully on the Feast of All Souls, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, at Cedar Crossings Subacute at St. Joseph’s Hospital at the age of 75 years.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1933, in Milwaukee to the late Henry L., DDS, and Hildegarde (Lukatell) Kieren.

Upon graduating from Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee, she attended Marquette University. After she received her diploma in dental hygiene, she moved to West Bend and began working at various local dental offices.

On Sept. 10, 1955, she was united in marriage to George E. Gadow at Holy Cross Church in Milwaukee with Father Robert Albers, S.A.C., presiding.

George predeceased on Sept. 15, 1999.

For a number of years, the family lived in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, where she made many lifelong friends. They later returned to West Bend.

Many things in Barb’s life were important to her. She recognized the value of her faith, being a part of a solid community and the sharing of her time. Above all else, being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was what she cherished most.

Barb was an active member of the Catholic Church. At St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Barrie, she was a member of the Christian Mother’s Organization. At St. Frances Cabrini Parish in West Bend, she was a Communion distributor, a pastoral care minister, volunteered in the church office, a member of the Small Faith Group, the Young at Heart Club, and the 42 Cent Club.

She also was a member of Alpha Delta Eta and Theta Phi Alpha sororities, was a chaperone, booster club member and volunteered with the West Bend Patriots Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a coordinator with the Glacier Hills Credit Union Golden Vagabond Travel Club.

Survivors include four daughers, Mary (Michael) Obermeier of Franklin, Linda (Steve) Gadow Sopkowicz, DDS, of West Bend, Ann (Bob) McCormick of Waukesha and Jane (Scott) Murphy of Mukwonago; 12 grandchildren, Christopher (Toni) Obermeier, Kathryn Obermeier, Jeanne Obermeier, Megan Sopkowicz, Silas Sopkowicz, Diana Sopkowicz, Bill McCormick, Ben McCormick, Brett McCormick, Sarah (Willard) Ruiz, Sean Murphy and Kelly-Ann Barbara Murphy; one great-grandson, Julius Ruiz; one brother, Thomas Kieren (Venus Suksomnil) of Wayne, N.J.; two sisters-in-law, Beatrice Olson of Reedsburg and Doris Luljack of Naples, Fla.; a dear friend, Rosalie Eckhoff; her constant companion, Wiggles; cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by one brother, John Kieren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with Fr. Jeff Haines and Fr. Raphael Rodriguez presiding.

Burial will follow in Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend from 4 until 8 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 8 p.m., and also Friday at the church only from noon until 12:45 p.m.

The family has requested memorials to St. Frances Cabrini Parish or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Barb’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Robert Gibson, Dr. William Owens, Dr. Marjorie Vukelich and their office staffs, and also to the staff at Cedar Crossings Subacute Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is assisting the family, www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.