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Barbara M. Galarce

April 19, 2023 | 15 comments

Barbara “Barbie” Muree Galarce age 79, was called to her eternal home with the Lord on April 14, 2023 at Mulder Health Care Facility in West Salem, WI. She was born March 5, 1944 to John and Evelyn (Syverson) Engler. She married Porfirio Galarce in 1960 in Iowa and later divorced.

Barbie enjoyed being a supportive mother, spending time with family and friends, as well as her fur baby, Sami. She liked to go out to eat, watch movies, play board and online games. It was the simple things in life that she loved the most, and visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her special joy. Barbie worked at Gundersen Health Care System and worked as a medical coding specialist. She worked for 33 years before her retirement. During this time, she made many lifelong friends.

Barbie is survived by her children, Anthony (Dawn) Galarce, Chrissy (Jerry) Haller-Anderson, Lyn (Scott) Bradford, Lisa (Kappie) Kapp; grandchildren, Jennifer (Tyler) Gangestad, Corey Galarce and Kelli, Ben Haller, Tessa Haller, Hailee Haller, Zackary Bradford, Stephanie (Jon) Djordjevic; 4 great-grandchildren; Sisters, Pat (Don) Carlson, Linda Otto, Annette (Gary) Olson; companion Jesus Labrador, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Barbie is preceded in death by her parents, John and Evelyn Engler, and brothers, James Engler and Parris Engler.

The visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at The Gathering Place (133 Mason St. Onalaska, WI 54650) followed by service at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Catholic Cemetery. Msg. Steve Kachel officiant.

In Lieu of Flowers, memorials are preferred to the Gundersen Medical Foundation, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and charities of your choice in honor of Barbara.

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  1. Lynn Fortun

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Barb. I worked with her at Gundersen many years ago and enjoyed her so much. We even took a Spanish class together and she was always trying to get me to speak more Spanish – unfortunately it didn’t work for me : )). Barb will be truly missed. My deepest sympathy to each of you.

    • Vicky Bosworth

      Galarce family: so very sorry for your loss. She can now join Jenny & Corey’s Grandma Bozzy in heaven. Sending hugs & prayers to you all.

      • Chrissy Galarce Haller

        Thank you Vicki ❤️

    • Chrissy Galarce Haller

      Thank you Lynn very much Many fond memories Mom had with you and yours at Gunderson ❤️????

  2. Chrissy Galarce Haller-Anderson

    I would like to acknowledge Mom’s career her 33 years of service as a dedicated employee at Gunderson Luthern Medical Center her Title Accredited Medical Technician. Mom was so especially Proud of this, both my Children were born here and Mom insisted on taking full charge of each Benjamin’s & Hailee Birth Certificates!! Mom was there at Gunderson to hold my hand during both of My live Births?
    Moms name is even on the wall at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital!!!
    You could not go to Moms hospital without a personal tour from Mom ?
    Mom made so many very good friends thru her years here! Monthly Lunch Dates with a group of Moms Favorite Ladies!!!
    I, We owe Gunderson Lutheran Moms the many extra years of life believe date to be 12/10/2006 Mom had a full blown heart attack at her home she was clinically dead for 5 mins… without the quick response of Moms a companion Jesus’s quick 911 call and CPR until medical arrived Mom we would not have had this extra time … After so much time at the hospital among other things Mom needed open Heart surgery and a pace maker… this damaged Moms Heart believe 40% not functioning …Mom was given a second Change on Life…
    She got to meet and enjoy her Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren. I, we have to be truly Blessed… I,We Thank you God & Gunderson Lutheran Hospital & of course Moms Companion of 42 years Jesus Labrador for this Many extra years… and Mom for taking such good care of herself to allow the 79 years of Life ❤️
    This is My Story ???
    Rest in Peace Mom Love 4 ever & Beyond… Until our Souls Meet again You will be sorely Missed ❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Eldest Daughter
    Chrissy Galarce Haller-Anderson

  3. Edgar Rosario

    My heart and Jeffrey’s goes out to you all. Loosing a parent is never easy. May God give you all the comfort you need during this difficult times.

    • Chrissy Galarce Haller

      Thank you very much ❤️ ????

  4. Lori Hetue

    My sincere condolences to all of the family. I was honored to have the privilege of being one of her bedside nurses. Barb was a friendly sincere person whom I met through my Aunt Peggy when she lived with Barbies mom Evelyn. RIP Barbie and give your mom a hug for me in heaven. With deepest sympathy, Lori Hetue

    • Chrissy Halarce Haller

      Thank you Lori so much for helping care for Mom during her last days ?? ❤️ god bless u

  5. Lisa Grimm

    Dear Chrissy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Such a beautiful tribute for her. Sending prayers and caring thoughts to you and your family.

    Love Lisa

    • Mary Larson

      Know Barb thru Gary and Annette Olson many nice memories of her always smiling and kind her dog Sami is cute ,thinking of all of you ❤️

      • Chrissy Galarce Haller

        Thank you Mary ❤️

    • Chrissy Galarce Haller

      Thank you so very much My dear Friend Lisa ❤️ Losing a parent you also know so very well I’m sorry for your loss also

  6. Kathy

    So sorry for your loss! I had the pleasure of getting to know Barb as a co-worker at Gundersen. I thought she was very kind, a little quiet but always had a smile. It was obvious her family was the biggest hi-light of her life.

    • Chrissy Galarce Haller

      Thank you very much

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