Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dolores A. Barnett

KENOSHA – Dolores A. (nee: McGrath) Barnett, 64, passed away from complications from heart surgery on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Memorial Hospital of Burlington. She was born in Kenosha on April 20, 1944, the daughter of Joseph and Verna (nee: Andersen) McGrath.

Dolores was educated at St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Schools. She was employed with AT&T and Ameritech as an operator and later as a central office technician. Dolores was able to retire at the age of 50 and spent those retirement years volunteering at Horizons Women’s Shelter and other Telephone Pioneer sponsored projects. She found great enjoyment in shopping resale stores for bargains for herself and many others. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Dolores is survived by her children, Todd Barnett, Debra (Jeff) Wamboldt, and Troy (Heidi) Barnett, all of Kenosha; her grandchildren, Kelsey and Kalee Barnett, and Michael and Rachel Wamboldt; also by sisters, Patricia (Don) McCann of Showlow, AZ, Kathleen (Peter) Clouthier of Racine; and brother, William (Anne) McGrath of Winchester, MA. Dolores is further survivived by nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, other relatives and many dear friends, especially her best friend Darlene (Bart) Keeling.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services honoring and celebrating Dolores’ life will be held at Lord of Life Church, 5601 Washington Road, on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jennifer Arnold officiating. Burial will be held at Green Ridge Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the Hansen-Lendman Funeral Home, 6019 7th Ave., on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 13195 West Hampton Ave. Butler, WI., 53007.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine 262-632-4479


Heidi Lange (Keeling) said...

I have had the honor of knowing Dolores my whole life. She has taught me to laugh, cry and trust in those who love me. When I needed the voice of reason and not just to hear what I wanted, she was always there. She would have given you the shirt off her back, never letting anything become more important than friendship itself. I am so happy that I had the time to get to know her, especially as an adult, being able to show her that I learned from the lessons in life that I have been given. I can't begin to express how much I will miss her wisdom, laughter, and realness, as there are few in this world like her.
I will always love her.

Michael said...

I still remember staying overnight at Dolores' house with my little brother Tony. She made us the most amazing brownies and made us laugh until we fell asleep. Of course I also remember the laughter she brought to any room/party/event. Especially Darlene's 50th birthday! She is an amazing women and will bring me smiles for life.

Anonymous said...

Darlene Keeling said...

What can I say almost a whole lifetime of friendship. A
friend, a mentor, a co-worker,and
most of all a soul mate. Always there, with a smile even though you did like what she said you had to love her. She taught me so many,many things, but most of all
she taught me to be true to myself
and that its ok to take it as it
comes. Oh I could go on and on about what she meant to me there is not enough room. I will be using her advice until the day we
meet again. I will miss her more
than words can say, but I will always thank the Dear LORD everyday that she was part of my