Barbara Trimble, 82
Oct. 1, 1932 -- Feb. 7, 2015

Barbara Trimble nee IrishIt was rare to find Barbara Irish Trimble without a smile. Whether she was a part of the conversation or not, she always had the most genuine look in her eyes, taking in every last word you said, each one more important than the last. She was one of the few people on this Earth who could find the best in just about anybody, and could make you feel more special than you ever gave yourself credit for.

Barb was born on Oct. 1, 1932, in Milwaukee. She married John Trimble, and they had five kids together. She passed away peacefully in her sleep Feb. 7, 2015, in her home at Cedar Community in West Bend with family close by.

Barb was a caregiver to all, with complete strangers being no exception. She showed us all that it was perfectly possible to toss a couple sarcastic choice words out and still be unbelievably compassionate the whole time.

She was a determined woman. Determined that not one grandchild would get by without a hug, determined to cook her rice pancakes to perfection every time, and determined to raise her family to be as generous and open-minded as she was.

Her family was her pride and joy. Since she grew up an only child, she poured her heart and soul into every member. She could stay on the phone for hours just to keep hearing your voice. And she could also talk for hours herself recounting every last detail of a story that had taken place years ago. She was a loyal daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and Packers fan. She was truly unforgettable and is irreplaceable.

Barb is preceded in death by her parents, Russell J. Irish and Genevieve (nee McAneny) Irish.

She is survived by her husband, John Trimble; her children, Russell Trimble and his wife, Karen, Nancy Trimble, Carl Trimble and his wife, Nancy, Laura McCann and her husband, Frank, and John E. Trimble; and many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 501 Walnut St., West Bend. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and the service will begin at 4 p.m. A reception will follow at West Bend Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the family would love donations to Cedar Community Partners in Caring Homes or to a charity of your choice.

Myrhum Patten Funeral & Cremation Service, West Bend, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at