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In Memory of Arlene Barker

Celebration of Life Gathering

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday May 16, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton Street
Baldwin WI, 54002

Arlene Ruth Barker (Bredlau), age 90, of Baldwin, WI, passed away on May 9, 2021 in the home she shared with her family, Debra (Keith) Bond, & Robert (Lori) Schaetzka. Arlene was born March 27, 1931 in Spokeville, WI, the daughter of Emil & Marie (Bleuer) Bredlau. She was raised on the family farm with her siblings. She was married to Edward R. Barker on August 20, 1960. They were blessed with 40 years together.
Arlene spent the majority of her life working in the medical field. While living in Madison, WI, she worked at the University of Wisconsin Hospital of Pediatrics, & at the Methodist Hospital in the O.B. ward. She was a CNA at Villa Pines Living Center in Adams Friendship, & also did home healthcare, which continued in Marshfield, WI. She also worked at many restaurants & bars. She worked at Crandall’s Restaurant for 15 years & was well known there. She also owned her own bar & restaurant, (Barker’s Bar), where she was loved for her wonderful food, & many fun years. Arlene worked up until she was 80 years old. She loved spending time with her family, camping, fishing, embroidery, sewing, & in her last years, creative coloring with many mediums. She was a loving wife, mother, & grandma who will be greatly missed.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Diane Zell of Marshfield, WI, Terri Ronnenberg of Marshfield, WI, Debra (Keith) Bond of Baldwin, WI, & Scott (Dana) Barker of Wisconsin Dells, WI. She also leaves behind 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; & 7 great-great grandchildren. She is further survived by two brothers, Pat (Shirley) Bredlau of Madison, WI, & John (Elaine) Bredlau of Carrollton, GA. She is preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law; husband, Edward R. Barker; daughter, Kathleen Barker; two brothers; & four sisters.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Lakeview Home Care & Hospice for the way they helped our family & mother in this journey.

A Memorial Gathering Honoring Arlene’s Life will take place from 1:00-3:00 P.M, Sunday, May 16, 2021 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St. Baldwin, WI 54002. For more information, please contact the funeral home at 715-684-3434, or via email at info@oconnellfuneralhomes.com.

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