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WESTBY — Barbara L. White, 79, of Westby passed away Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at the Bland-Bekkedal Center for Hospice in Viroqua.

She was born Sept. 28, 1938, in Chicago, to Fred and Elenor Roeske. Barb married Earl White Nov. 27, 1955. In 1980, Earl, Barb and son, Howard, moved to their farm in Westby, where she was a farm wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma. One of her greatest joys was cooking and baking while enjoying her ever growing family. The great-grandchildren fondly called her “Grandma Great,” which always put a twinkle in her eye. Her family and friends enjoyed her quick wit and sense of humor. Barb also liked watching the birds from her kitchen window and the coming and goings on the farm.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Friese of Viroqua; son, Howard (Shelly) White; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Otto (Alicia) Friese and their children, Lee and Waylon; Becky (Tim) Solverson and their children, Andrew, Alex and a new arrival in March; Louie (Sara) Freise and their children, Jonathon, Lauren and Jenna; and three stepgrandchildren, Adam, Jillian and Justin Leoni.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl in 1999; a son-in-law, Jim Friese; sister and brother-in-law, Carol (Bob) Loken; and father and mother-in-law, Clark and Marian White.

It was Barb’s wishes for no funeral services. The Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley is assisting the family. Memorials may be given to the Bland-Bekkedal Center for Hospice. Barb’s family is grateful for the wonderful and caring staff at the Bland-Bekkedal Center during the journey of her passing. Online condolences may be given at selandsfuneralhome.com.

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