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Barbara Jean (Mahlum) Seidel

March 21, 2021 | 23 comments

Barbara Jean (Mahlum) Seidel, 77 of La Crosse, passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 19, 2021.

She was born on June 12, 1943 in La Crosse to Elmer and Vivian (Borchert) Mahlum.  She graduated from Holmen High School in 1962.

She married Kenneth H. Seidel, Sr. on February 22, 1964 at Lewis Valley Lutheran Church where she was also baptized and confirmed.  They later had 3 children.

Barbara was employed with La Crosse Footwear/Rubber Mills for 32 years until her retirement, where she worked as a gum cutter and then as a Supervisor until her retirement.  Barbara moved to Tennessee and worked at Electrolux for 10 years, as well as Dollar General until she moved back to Wisconsin.

Barbara was an avid race car fan.  She enjoyed watching her brothers Paul, Robert, and Larry race at the La Crosse Speedway for many years which led into watching NASCAR racing-especially her favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt.

Barbara enjoyed making her favorite Norwegian treats of sandbakkels, krumkake, and rosettes around the holidays with her daughters which was always a family tradition in the early years.

Barbara loved spending time with family most of all.  Just receiving a phone call to catch up and see how everything is going had made her day.

Barbara is survived by her children, Kenneth H. Seidel Jr. (Josie), Jacqueline D. Garcia (Juan), and Bonnie J. Knipe (Jason), her 5 grandchildren-Dustin, Dylan, Jeremy, Austin, and Isaac, her great grandson Noah,  her sisters Nancy Spangler and Ruth (Chuck) Schwabenbauer, her brothers Paul (Katy) Mahlum and James Mahlum, along with many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents Vivian (Borchert) Mahlum and Elmer Mahlum, husband Kenneth H. Seidel, Sr., great grandsons Dimitri and Ryan Seidel and sister Mary Lou Seidel, brothers Ronald Mahlum, Donald Mahlum, Robert Mahlum Sr, Merlin Mahlum, Larry Mahlum, and Jeffrey Mahlum.

The family would like to thank Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice staff and a special thank you for all the compassion and support for mom from Heather.

A memorial and burial service will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:30 am at Lewis Valley Lutheran Church Cemetery – W5402 County Road V, Holmen, WI.

Memorials and flowers can be sent to: 2534 Bainbridge Street, La Crosse, WI 54603

In case of rain, memorial and burial service will move to April 24, 2021.

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23 Comments

  1. Kathy Schultz

    So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Kathy Schultz
    Helen Schultz

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    • Bonnie

      Thank you Helen and Kathy

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  2. Jill McDonah

    Ken and family ~ I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother/grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful, loving person. My prayers and thoughts are with you during your time of sorrow.

    Sincerely,
    Jill McDonah

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    • Bonnie

      Thank you Jill for the kind words. Even though she is no longer hurting she will be deeply missed by my sisters and myself.
      Ken

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  3. Alice Obert

    So sorry for your loss, prayers fot the family. Barb was a very good friend

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    • Bonnie

      Thank you Alice,
      Mom had always valued your friendship

      Reply
  4. Avrie

    Bonnie and Jason ~ So sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family and prayers for strength during this difficult time.

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    • Bonnie

      Thank you Avrie

      Reply
  5. Helen Boucher

    Oh I’m so sorry. Hugs to you all. She was a great Gal.💞🌸

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    • Bonnie

      Thank You Helen, hugs is what we need

      Reply
  6. Ronnie Seidel

    So very sorry for your loss. Our condolences to family.

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    • Bonnie

      Thank you uncle Ronnie

      Reply
  7. Lynette Neumann

    Bonnie, My thoughts and prayers are with you, family and friends. I am so sorry.

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    • Bonnie

      Thank you for the prayers Lynette

      Reply
  8. Richard Cornell

    sorry for the lost of Barb,to family and the Mahlum family your old neighbor blondie Farnam,hugs to all.

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    • Bonnie

      Thank YOu

      Reply
  9. Sharon Pfaff

    So sorry for your loss. Sharon Severson Pfaff

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    • Bonnie

      Thank You

      Reply
  10. Victoria Seidel

    We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Barbs passing, I always enjoyed seeing her on Facebook I enjoyed all her beautiful family memories she shared in photos. I know she missed loved ones who had passed through the years and hope her family feels comfort in knowing she is with those Angels once again in heavenly peace.
    My family will keep you all in our prayers.
    Love and Hugs
    Victoria Seidel Salituro and family.

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    • Bonnie

      Thank you Vickie,
      Mom always loved looking at your pictures and enjoyed keeping in touch with your mom

      Reply
  11. Glen and Elaine Gran

    So sorry for your loss! Barbara was a good neighbor and friend and also a good co-worker of mine(Elaine) at La Crosse Footwear! Her love and her smile will be missed!

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    • Bonnie

      Thank you Elaine, we will have our memories from visiting you guys at Footwear and you are so right about her smile and and her heart was so huge with love for everyone. We will miss her so much

      Reply
  12. Pat McHugh

    Ruth and all loved ones-
    I just saw the obituary that Barb had passed. My prayers are with all of you and with Barb. May she be enjoying
    Eternal life.

    Reply

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