In Memory of Barbara Prochnow

Gathering of Family and Friends

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday May 20, 2021
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Mass of Christian Burial

2:00 pm
Thursday May 20, 2021
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

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Barbara Jean Prochnow, age 87 of River Falls, WI, passed away December 3, 2020 at the Kinnic Health & Rehab.  Barbara was born July 13, 1933 in Chippewa Falls, WI to William and Agnes (Hei) Fedderly.  She graduated from Menomonie High School, with the Class of 1951.  On May 20, 1953, Barbara was united in marriage to Stanley George Prochnow at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Michael, Suzanne, Steven and Cynthia, along with 67 years of devoted love.   Barb had a caring heart for others, which led her to her career path as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  In her younger years, Barbara worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and then took a position for Sentry Insurance in Milwaukee.  Throughout her life, she worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Nursing Home and the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in Food Service.  Barb ended her working career as a hospice CNA for Hudson Hospital.

Most important to Barbara was her family.  She treasured every moment spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Barbara and Stanley loved their role as grandparents and were their grandchildren’s biggest fans at all of their sporting and school activities.  Barb enjoyed tending to her flower and vegetable gardens.  She also delighted in bird watching, with a special love for cardinals.  In her earlier years, Barb was active in assisting the youth in the catechism program at St. Bridget Catholic Church and bowling league.

Barbara will remain in the hearts of her beloved husband, Stanley; children, Mike (Nancy) Prochnow, Sue Kitzmann, Steve (Latona) Prochnow and Cindy (Jerry) Millin; her beloved grandchildren: Blake Prochnow, Phillip (Shannon) Prochnow, David (Gabrielle) Prochnow, Meredith (Jerry) Cooper, Haley (Zach) Cramer, Matt (Janelle) Millin, Stacy (Jamie) LaCroix, Nate (Angie) Millin and Megan (Trevor) Knutson; great-grandchildren: George and Samuel Cooper, Jackson and Ben Millin; Jamison LaCroix, Teagan Prochnow and Myles Knutson; step grandsons, Jeff, Garrett and Michael Kitzmann and their families; sister, Pat (Butch) Draeger; and sister-in-law, Lois Fedderly.  She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Agnes Fedderly; sister, Rosemary (Joe) Hotter; brother, Charles Fedderly; and son-in-law, Garry Kitzmann.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place 2:00 PM Thursday, May 20, 2021 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E Division St., River Falls, with Fr. Gerald Harris officiating. Services will be livestreamed on the church YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/saintbridget . A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to Mass at the church.  Interment will take place at St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery.

Funeral services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls (715) 425-5644.  www.oconnellbenedict.com

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  • Sue and all,
    Remembering all the great times at the Prochnow home. I have been truly blessed to be part of your family. Barb was like another mother to me. I so enjoyed visiting with her and Stan. Hugs and prayers for you during this difficult time. We have angels watching over us for sure.💗

  • Amazing Grace. Another Angel has joined all her family Angels in Heaven. Enjoy the reunion and your walk with Jesus! God Bless you Aunt Barb. I had so much respect for you because I knew how strong your faith was. So for Sue, bless her soul also, and all the Prochnow family I pray for God blessings on all of you and for you. So proud of our extended family.

  • Mike and Family;
    You are in our thoughts and prayers with the passing of your mom and grandma. Have such great memories of her and your dad coming to all the sporting events while our boys were in school together. I hope all the wonderful memories you shared help to ease the tough days ahead.

  • Stan and Children: We are so very sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. We had many fun times together. May your fond memories carry you through this difficult time. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Frank & Dori

  • Mike and your entire family, I am so sorry for your loss. Take care and may the wonderful memories comfort you in your time of sorrow. 💕

  • Dear Michael and family,
    We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother. May her soul rest in peace, and may you know we are praying for and send our love to you.

  • Dear Sue,

    Our sympathies to you and your family. We have known and enjoyed both your parents for many years. Your mother is finally enjoying the rewards of a life well lived. God bless you all.

    Ron and Cindy