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May 23, 2022

5/11/2022 2:21:00 PM
Barr, Suzanne M.

Suzanne M. Barr, age 79, of Dodgeville, died on Monday, May 9, 2022 at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, with her family by her side.

She was born on January 18, 1943 in Prairie du Chien, a daughter of the late Eugene and Marjorie (Chapman) Mergen. She graduated from Bloomington High School in 1961 and on July 12, 1961, she married her high school sweetheart Thomas Barr at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington and just celebrated their 60th Anniversary. She worked at the Dodgeville School District as Assistant Librarian and in the kitchen for over 30 years.

Mom enjoyed spending time with her family and spending lots of time in the kitchen. Everyone loved her baking and couldn't get enough. She loved decorating and made every holiday special with her finishing touches. Mom loved to shop and collected dolls, precious moments and other things over the years. Mom loved flower shopping with dad and loved her garden and bird watching. Mom especially enjoyed her Door County vacations with her family. She was loved by so many and I've been told was like a second mom to many. Her heart was so big.

Sue is survived by her husband of 60 years Tom; her children Jeff Barr of Dodgeville and Dana (Gary) Steinke of Elk River, MNl; her grandchildren Noah, Nic and Caden Pennekamp; her special niece Jennifer (Jeremy) Pennekamp; her siblings Jill (Tom) Erthum of Bloomington, Jack (Mary) Mergen of Muscatine, Iowa and Dan Mergen of Maquoketa, Iowa; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant son Steven Barr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Dodgeville. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville and from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass on Saturday at the church. Burial will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery in Bloomington.

A special thank you to Mike Orr for going above and beyond for Sue and her family. Also thank you to Dodgeville Ambulance Service, Upland Hills Health, St. Mary's Hospital and SSM Hospice for their care of Mom and especially Dr. Jodi McGraw.

Gorgen-McGinley & Ayers Funeral Home
www.gorgenfh.com






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