Catherine A. “Kate” Barreau

Catherine A. “Kate” Barreau

Richland Center/ Catherine A. “Kate” Barreau age 89 of Richland Center passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Schmitt Woodland Hills.

She was born on April 13, 1928, in Rockbridge Township the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Graeber) Ryan. She attended the Richland County Normal and taught at the one-room school in Melancthon Creek.

Kate was married on November 21, 1949, to Donald L. Barreau Sr. and farmed by his side for many years. She was a member of St. Mary the Assumption Catholic Church in Richland Center. It was important to Kate for her children to attend Sunday Mass, Catholic school, and religious education classes. She nurtured her 7 children and many grandchildren, with a love for learning she had many nights sitting around the kitchen table teaching them. She was an active 4-H and project leader and volunteered at St. Mary’s School listening to students read or helping them in the library. She loved to play euchre, garden, cook, canning, preserving and sewing. She also had a love for music and made sure all of her children played instruments and attended music lessons on Saturdays in Richland Center. She taught her children how to cook, clean and work hard. Kate took great pride in cooking a “scratch meal”, having a beautiful garden, flowers and a clean home.

Survivors include, 7 children, Kathy (Wayne) Sharp of Montello, WI, Patty (Tom) Templin of Wisconsin Dells, Linda (Frank) Cannon of Rockbridge, Diana (Allan) Heffner of Rockbridge, Donald Jr. (Lynn) Barreau of Rockbridge, Christy (Kent) Adsit of Richland Center, John Barreau of Rockbridge, 24 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Margaret Ryan, her husband, Donald Barreau Sr. and a brother, Tom “Butch” Ryan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary the Assumption Catholic Church in Richland Center. Monsignor Roger Scheckel will officiate with burial in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Melancthon Creek. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Stafford Funeral Home in Richland Center from 4:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. where a scripture service will be held at 3:30 P.M. Visitation will also be held on Thursday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Mass.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School Endowment.

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The Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.