Friday, December 7, 2012

Barbara L. (Schwabe) Pruessing

Barbara L. Pruessing, age 55, passed away early Friday morning, December 7, 2012, at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital. Barbara was born in Fort Atkinson, WI, on December 10, 1956, daughter of Richard and Isla (nee: Austreng) Schwabe.

Barb graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Education and earned her Master's in Education recently from National Louis University. She was employed with Racine Unified teaching math and science the last fourteen years at Starbuck Middle School, and previously at Fratt and Gilmore.

On May 15, 1993, she was united in marriage to Paul M. Pruessing and they shared nineteen wonderful years together. Barb was active and had many extensive travels through her association as a leader with the People to People Student Ambassador program. She was also past President and Queen of the Racine Soap Box Derby, and also helped at the national level.

Barb was a member of Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed shopping, gardening, and her Coca Cola collection. Above all she loved her time spent with her family, especially with her grandchildren, and her canine buddy Tehya. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Paul; her children, Lindsay (Jesse) Liss of Delavan, Frank "Tony" Boggs (Jessica Dickson) of Mobile, AL; grandchildren, Collin, Ian and Harley; parents, Richard Schwabe, Isla Schwabe; brothers, Michael Schwabe, Larry (Shirley) Schwabe, David (Vickie) Schwabe, Melvin Schwabe; sisters, Gerri (Larry) Sontag, Marie Wiegand (Gary) Martynink; sister-in-law, Rev. Pamela Kerschner; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services celebrating Barbara's fifty-six years will be held at Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church, 1700 S. Green Bay Rd., on her birthday, Monday, December 10, 2012, at 6 p.m., with Rev. Kara Baylor officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Monday from 3 p.m. until time of service at 6  p.m. Memorials to the family for a scholastic fund to be established in Barbara's name have been suggested.

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