Barbara J. Splettstoeszer, age 85, of Mayer, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at New Perspective in Waconia.
A private family funeral service, by invitation only, will take place Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, with Rev. Adam Gless officiating.
Public visitation will take place from 9 until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6, also at the church. Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer.
Barbara Joanne Splettstoeszer (nee Funk) was born May 17, 1935, in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, the oldest daughter of William and Esther Funk (nee Penner). She was baptized and confirmed June 27, 1951, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, by Rev. Martin F. Rische. Barb was a graduate of Waconia High School class of 1953.
Barb was united in marriage with Loren E. Splettstoeszer at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, June 8, 1953. This union of 66 years was blessed with four children, 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. The couple made their home in Mayer.
Barbara became a United States citizen on May 13, 1960.
Barbara was a member of Zion Lutheran Church’s Ladies Aid beginning in 1960, where she held various offices. In 1961, she organized the Red Cross swimming program for the children of the area. Barbara was active in the Red Cross Bloodmobile for over 20 years.
She owned and operated Barb’s Upholstery for 23 years, until her retirement in 1998. She worked part-time at P.D.S. in Watertown (assembling the Gold Miner) from 1998 to 2003.
Barb and Loren enjoyed traveling with Travel Easy once a year, and throughout those travels ventured to 48 states. In 1997 she developed hydrocephalus, requiring a shunt to be placed in her head, which was replaced twice.
Barb was preceded in death by husband, Loren E. Splettstoeszer; parents, William and Esther Funk; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rocille and Ray Gossen; and brother-in-law, Dr. Bob Miller.
Barb is survived by her loving family: children, David Splettstoeszer and wife, Cindy, of Waconia, Catherine Beck and husband, Jeff, of Monticello, Joan Guthmiller and husband, Rick, of Glencoe, Dale Splettstoeszer and wife, Rachel, of Waconia; grandchildren, Matthew Splettstoeszer, Stacie Dehn and husband, Josh, Becky Hoff, Nicholas Hoff and wife, Amy, Vanessa Hoff and significant other, Grant, Eric Rundell and wife, Jessica, Tyler Rundell and significant other, Sarah, Tiffany Splettstoeszer, Stephanie Riepe and husband, Jeff, Jessica Splettstoeszer, and Angela Splettstoeszer; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Olivia and Henry Hoff, Owen and Avery Rundell, Lilah and Jackson Dehn; step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Judith Miller of Victoria; brother, William and wife, Elsie Funk Jr. of Florida, other relatives, and many friends.
Casket bearers will be Matthew Splettstoeszer, Nicholas Hoff, Eric Rundell, Tyler Rundell, Becky Hoff, Tiffany Splettstoeszer, Stacie Dehn, and Stephanie Riepe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, 952-442-2121, www.johnsonfh.com.