ONALASKA — Barbara Ann (Chick) Bristow, 51, of Onalaska passed away peacefully June 18, 2014, in her home in Onalaska, surrounded by family, friends and those she loved.
She was born Nov. 1, 1962, and was later adopted Feb. 15, 1963, by Gib and Letty Chick. She married John Bristow, the love of her life, Aug. 14, 1982, in La Crosse.
Barb’s family was very important to her. She spent many hours with them. Much of the time spent with her family was at her two son’s sporting and musical events, of which Barb was always proud to say that she rarely missed. Barb was on the board of directors for the Onalaska High School Show Choir Program as well as the president of the Onalaska High School Band Booster Club and through those two activities, she met many life-long friends. Barb treasured the time she spent playing Bunco with her friends and taking long walks with her husband and their two yellow labs, Gunner and Riley. Barb also loved to read and comment on numerous breast and metastatic cancer blog posts and one of her favorites, called Nancy’s Point, had a line that Barb always identified with, it reads: “I always come back to the fact that every person is entitled to live and tell their own cancer truths”.
She is survived by her father and stepmother, Gib and Kay Chick;, her husband, John; her oldest son, Michael and his beautiful wife, Emma, as well as her youngest son, Daniel. Barb is also survived by her sister, Patty Parr, and her husband, Dave along with Barb’s brother, David Chick. Her mother-in-law, Jan Bristow; her brother-in-law, David Bristow, and his wife Lois; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Pam Foelske and her husband Dan; and brother-in-law ,Paul Bristow; her stepbrother, Kurt Yonts and his wife; Eve, and her stepsister, Cheryl Miller; along with many nieces and nephews.
Barb was preceded in death by her mother, Letty Chick; and her father-in-law, Raymond Bristow.
Barb and her family would like to sincerely thank everyone who has made a positive impact on her life over the past 51 years, most importantly the last five. Especially the Power Rangers, the doctors and nurses in the Oncology Department at Gundersen Health System, her wonderful support system from Mcloone and the Brenengen Auto Group as well as many other friends and family.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the First Lutheran Church, 410 Main St., Onalaska. The Rev. Jason Stanton will be the celebrant. Interment will be held at the Onalaska City Cemetery. Visitations will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 23, at the Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, and also one hour prior to the service at the church Tuesday.
Donations can be made in memorial to the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition or to Gundersen Hospice.
Barb did not lose her battle with cancer; she lived graciously and courageously with it until the very end.