Mueller Funeral Home - Winneconne WI

Barbara I. Breister

October 4, 1936 - February 24, 2018

Barbara I. Breister, age 81, of Winneconne, died Saturday, February 24, 2018. She was born October 4, 1936, in Fond du Lac to the late Marvin and Madelyn (Kobs) Dobbratz. Barb was a graduate of St. Mary's Springs High School in Fond du Lac. On October 6, 1956, she married William J. Breister in Fond du Lac. Barb was a homemaker raising five sons, until going to work as a secretary at Winneconne High School, which she did for 19 years. She was very active in the community, having served on the Winneconne School Board and the Winneconne Village Board. Her volunteer work was extensive; including being a charter member of the Winneconne Area Assistance Center, working the Winneconne High School blood drives, cooking for the Salvation Army and Fr. Carr's, among other things. Barb was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Winneconne. She also wrote thousands of hand written thank you cards and congratulatory notes to students for their achievements.
Barb's true enjoyments were her children and grandchildren. She is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Lynn Breister, of Winneconne; Joseph and Brenda Breister, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Peter and Renee Breister, of Neenah; Daniel and Jennifer Breister, of Winneconne; Tim and Rhonda Breister, of Appleton; grandchildren, Nikole (Frank) Barker, Amber Breister, Taylor Krueger, Colton (Alyssa) Breister, Matt Breister, Alex Breister, Hailey (Cory) Sauer, Brittany Breister, Logan Breister, Ashley Breister, Cody Breister, Chris Spencer, Adria Shelley, Sophia Shelley, Selia Shelley; one great-grandson, Barrett Barker; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sophie Breister, Robert and Angie Breister, David and Cecelia Breister, LaVerne Breister; a step-sister, Jeanne Olp; and other relatives and friends.
Along with her parents, Barb was also preceded in death by her husband, William Breister, on September 19, 1996.
A visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne. Visitation will continue on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church 210 Pleasant Dr. Winneconne. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Fr. Tom Long and Sr. Pam Biehl officiating. Burial will follow in the Winneconne Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Winneconne Area Assistance Center in Barbara's name.
Barb's family extends a special thank you to Sally Peterson for her friendship and kindness.
If you wish please submit online condolences to

Annie Leonard wrote on March 5, 2018
Barb always had something positive to say whenever our paths crossed, whether at a school function, library, grocery store, or working at the Winneconne Assistance Center. She was a true role model in our community and will be missed by many. My heart goes out to her family in their loss.

Steve Kuhl wrote on March 3, 2018
Barb you always had a way to end a meeting I will miss you God Bless You!

Patti & Joe Yana wrote on February 28, 2018
Barb was an amazing community supporter. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with her entire family at this time.

Scott & Vicki Rosendahl wrote on February 27, 2018
The Winneconne community truly lost one of it's iconic figures. Her love and passion for people and community is going to be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Breister family.

Jim Harrison wrote on February 27, 2018
God Bless Barb's memory and all the things she has done. She will be truly missed by all. My condolences go out to the entire Breister Family.

LJ wrote on February 27, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. The Bible describes death as an enemy, and how fitting, since death brings us so much pain. But there is someone who is stronger than death. He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, For Jehovah himself has spoken it. Isaiah 25:8 Jehovah will remove the cause of our suffering and dry our eyes. Death will be destroyed, and those who have died will be brought back to life, with the prospect of living forever in paradise on earth. Right now it may be hard to see past the pain, but there is hope for the future. May this hope comfort your grieving hearts.

Mel Koneman& Barb R. wrote on February 26, 2018
So sorry to here about Barb she was the best person you could ever of met she cared about every one your family lost one of a kind she will be missed by all

Judy Jacobson wrote on February 26, 2018
Winneconne has lost another special legend. Mu sympathies to the entire Breister family.

Claudia Eiteuner wrote on February 26, 2018
My prayers and sympathy to all of the Breister family. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by all of us.

Nancy (Dolan) Abler-Binner wrote on February 26, 2018
I was a classmate of Barbs for 12years. Many good memories of her. God bless all of you and peace to you Barb.

Pam (Harper) Pawlak wrote on February 26, 2018
To the Brewster family my sincere sympathy!!=OYour mom was so wonderful to us when we lived on Pine St! My kids Michelle and Matt always enjoyed her and you guys were always so good to my kids! May your mom Rest In Peace for all the good works she has done! God bless you!

Melodie Hoenecke wrote on February 26, 2018
God saw her work here was done and now she lives with him. Her absence here will create a void in your lives, for that I extend my sympathies and prayers for God's comfort which He promises.

Holly Selwitschka wrote on February 26, 2018
Sincere condolences to Barb's family. She was a wonderful woman and a strong force for good in the Winneconne community. Her absence will be noticed, and she will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives she touched. Holly Selwitschka, on behalf of the Winneconne Public Library Board of Trustees and Library Staff.

Dave & Barb Rozek wrote on February 26, 2018
Our sincere sympathy to the whole Breister family. I had the pleasure to work with both your dad and mom and both were extremely exceptional people. Your mom was a wonderful person and the community will miss her.

Nicole (Blaauw) Hilbelink wrote on February 26, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the Breister family. I have fond childhood memories if being a down the street neighbor, and I know Barb will be missed by the community.

Kelly France wrote on February 25, 2018
You will always be "Mrs. Breister" to me. Thank you for your guidance when I was a child. And thank you for the generous college scholarship you extended to our beloved Lindsey when she was a Senior in high school. Please give our Angel a hug from Team France and tell her how proud we always were of her and still are and how much we love and miss her. God bless you and your loved ones, Mrs. Breister. My heart and prayers go out to your family.

Julie Beyer wrote on February 25, 2018
Barb was an extremely hard-working, kind, and caring woman. She cared deeply for the students and staff of the Winneconne Community Schools. She will be deeply missed! My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family. You can be very proud of the legacy she leaves behind.

Lee Wolf wrote on February 25, 2018
Barb was the first to appear with food and sympathy when my husband died. Being new to the area, her thoughtfulness meant a great deal. She will be missed.

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