Barbara Tiona age 82 of Onalaska Wisconsin passed away on February 27, 2023 at Mayo-Franciscan Health System in La Crosse Wisconsin after a short illness.
She was born on April 13,1940 in Stark township in Vernon County to Robert and Betty Hagen. She grew up in Viola Wisconsin and graduated from Viola High School in 1958. She then attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. After graduation she married Allen Ginsberg and they lived in several cities including Akron Ohio, Minneapolis Minnesota, and Washington DC. After Barbara and Allen divorced, she met and married Frank Tiona and they moved back to the coulee region on a farm outside Bangor. Barbara began work as the Marketing Director at Valley View Mall. After the death of her husband, she moved to Onalaska continuing with Valley View Mall until her retirement. Barbara enjoyed working with people but also loved animals and taking care of her home and flower garden. She read extensively and was active in her church, Shepherd on the Hills Lutheran Church of Onalaska.
She is survived by her sister, Tamara Hagen, of Madison Wisconsin and a special friend Charles Dahl of Onalaska Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate her life on Saturday April 15th at The Gathering Place 133 Mason St. in Onalaska. Visitation is from 10:00-11:00 am with a service by Pastor David Baumgarn at 11:00am. A lunch will be provided after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to La Crosse Humane Society and Onalaska Public Library are preferred.