Barbara Jane Kinnear, 85, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2022, with family at her side. Born in Marshfield, Wisconsin, Barb lived most of her life in the Phillips area.
A 1955 graduate of Phillips High School, Barb loved being a cheerleader for the Loggers and cruising in her brother's Model T. Barb loved to camp in her younger years and ventured to Alaska one summer finding work as a car-hop. She returned to Phillips to start her life as a wife, mother, and talented artist. She taught basket weaving at the local art schools, having her craft exhibited in several galleries. Her unique style featured local materials including pine needles, gourdes, and antlers. Barb was a trail blazer who raced snowmobiles and enjoyed being a member of the local snowmobile club.
Always surrounded by pets and children, Barb volunteered her free time as a substitute teacher at the local grade school. Hers was always the fun house in the neighborhood. An avid swimmer herself, she always looked forward to regular adventures with the neighborhood kids to Lake Ten for a day of swimming and the obligatory picnic. Barb was the favorite Den Mother of the local Boy Scout Troop, an avid baker of holiday cookies, and spent many hours knitting ponchos for the local young ladies.
Later in life, Barb focused her interests on basket making, knitting, and reading. Known for her warm and compassionate personality, Barb continued to cherish her close relationships.
Barb is survived by sons, Steve Cervenka of Altoona, WI, Tom Cervenka (Leslie) of Manitowish Waters, WI; and daughter, Charlene Cervenka of Hudson, WI. She is also survived by two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Barb's memory may be made to: Flambeau Home Health and Hospice, 133 N Lk Ave, Phillips, WI 54555; or, The Phillips Area Aquatic Foundation (Phillips Community Pool), 990 Flambeau Ave, Phillips, WI 54555.
A private family memorial will take place at a later date.
The family would like to thank the Marshfield Medical Center-Park Falls, Flambeau Home Health & Hospice, and the Lakeside Villa staff for their care during Barb's final days. A family gathering will be held to celebrate Barb's life. For online condolences, please visit www.heindlfuneralhome.com. The Heindl-Nimsgern Funeral home is assisting the family.