Entered into Eternal Life on Friday, May 8, 2020 at age 80. Beloved wife of 58 years of John E. Kronenburg. Loving mother of Jo Ellyn (Roger) Scheuers, Stephanie (Phil Buck) Kronenburg, John (Lisa) Kronenburg II and Thomas (Julie) Kronenburg. Proud grandma of Elizabeth (fiancé Jeremy) Scheuers, James Scheuers, Maxwell Buck, Rachel Kronenburg, Brady Kronenburg, Thomas (Stephanie) Kronenburg II and Melissa–Jean (Jose) Martinez. Cherished great-grandma of Hailey and Jude. Further survived by other relatives and friends.
Barb graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, then earned her B.S. in Nursing at The College of St. Theresa in Winona, MN. She began her nursing career on the team that opened West Allis Memorial Hospital, then brought relief and comfort to the dying at Mt. Carmel Nursing Home. Her true calling, though, was as a psychiatric nurse. She loved every minute of working at St. Mary’s Hill hospital (which became St. Mary’s Hospital at the Lakefront), Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital, Greenbriar Hospital, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Outside hospitals, Barb also happily took care of whomever or whatever needed her loving touch. Her family shared her with over 25 years-worth of Girl Scout troops, a parade of foreign exchange students, and multiple stray animals. In later years, she devoted herself to living out her Catholic faith, particularly by advocating for unborn children, bringing communion to parishioners in senior care facilities, and heading the Social Concerns Committee at Holy Assumption parish.
The family sends our love and gratitude to Barb’s home caregivers (Jill, Sasa, Leah, and Becky), and the magnificent caregivers and administrators at the Grand Hills Castle. You gave us a great gift – the peace of knowing Barb lived in a safe, compassionate home.
Private family visitation and Mass will be held at Holy Assumption Catholic Church. We will arrange a memorial service and celebration of her life at a future date, when it is safe to do so.