Barbara Wallner, 84
Oct. 27, 1930 -- Jan. 16, 2015

Barbara Wallner nee RittlerBarbara Wallner, age 84, passed from this life on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hickory, N.C., with Fr. Larry LoMonaco officiating. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, N.C.

Barbara was born on Oct. 27, 1930, in Bavaria, German, to Xavier and Katharina Kummetsteiner Rittler and was the eldest of seven children. After her mother’s passing when Barbara was 14, she took on the responsibility of raising her six siblings. At the age of 21, she met Josef Wallner when he returned from serving during World War II. They married on May 5, 1951, and in 1954, with their 3-year-old daughter, they immigrated to Toronto, Canada. Two years later, they relocated to New York state, where their son was born. Barbara was an excellent homemaker and mother, and also worked outside the home. Upon Josef’s retirement, they came to North Carolina and resided there from 1986 until Josef’s passing in 2000. She moved to Wisconsin in 2001 to be near her daughter’s family, and returned to Catawba County North Carolina to be near her son and his family. Barbara’s greatest joy in life was caring for and spending time with her family.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Sonja Mulertt, and husband Heinz of Cedarburg; son, Armin Wallner and wife Colleen of Hickory, N.C.; granddaughters, Devin Mulertt, Vanessa Clark and husband Adam, Amber Wallner and husband Roger Wiltse; great-granddaughter Sophia Wiltse Wallner; sisters, Maria Allwang and Erika Beer; and brothers, Josef Rittler and Georg Rittler.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Rudolph Rittler and Xavier Rittler.

Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara’s name to Portal inc., 1015 Cedar Creek Road, Grafton, WI 53024. Portal inc. is a not-for-profit that serves adult citizens with physical and developmental disabilities. Condolences for the family may be left at  Services entrusted to Catawba Funeral Home.