Barbara Ann Crouch, 73 |
Nov. 3, 1945 -- Jan. 21, 2019
Barbara Ann Crouch, age 73, passed away peacefully to eternal life on Jan. 21, 2019, at her home in Mequon, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous journey with cancer.
She was born on Nov. 3, 1945, in Dover, Ohio, to Thomas Holmes and Myrtle Holmes (Harnevious).
Barb grew up in New Philadelphia, Ohio and later moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., during her early teenage years. She went on to graduate from Western Michigan University with a degree in Elementary Education. On July 29, 1966, she married Bill W. Crouch and together they had three daughters whom they raised in Mequon, Wis.
Barb is survived by Bill, her loving husband of 52 years; three adored daughters: Shannon (John) Stoker of Mequon, Erin (Jake) Hoffer of Menomonee Falls and Allison (Andy) Voeller of Waunakee; and six treasured grandchildren: Sarah and John Stoker, Michael and Timothy Hoffer, and Fritz and William Voeller. She is further survived by siblings Tim Harnevious, Bonnie Witters and Mary Ann Harnevious of Michigan; sisters-in-law: Mary McDonald of Michigan and Virginia Goddard of Colorado; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and dear friends too numerous to list but not to be forgotten.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Myrtle Harnevious, father, Thomas Holmes, and adoptive father, John Harnevious.
Barb first met Bill at a local grocery store they both worked at in Kalamazoo during college where she was a popular cashier whose check-out lines were usually longer than the others because customers enjoyed her conversation.
After college, Barb spent a short time as an elementary teacher and later devoted her time to raising her family, being involved with children’s and missionary ministries at their church, and volunteering through Ozaukee Family Services. Barb adored her grandchildren and made sure to always be supportive of school and sporting events. Bill and Barb also enjoyed traveling and taking special trips over the years with family and friends. Recently, on a trip with Bill and friends to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, she was nicknamed “Crash Crouch” after her first ever ATV ride in the desert at the age of 71. Barb’s legacy is that of a very caring individual who always put others’ needs ahead of her own, even during her final days. Her love of God and family was evident to anyone who knew her. Barb will be dearly missed by all.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Goniu, Dr. Nand, Dr. Schulz, Dr. White, and Horizon Home Care and Hospice for their loving care.
A celebration of Barb’s life will be held at Hill Point Church in River Hills on Monday, Jan. 28, at 11:30 a.m. Visitation will take place at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Hill Point Church (2500 West Brown Deer Road, River Hills, Wisconsin 53217). Online condolences to the family may be sent by visiting www.schmidtandbartelt.com.