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Barbara Kornowske
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Obituary for Barbara Kornowske

Barbara Ann (Smits) Kornowske, 59, De Pere resident, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at her home with her husband and sons at her side, following a short battle with cancer.

She was born on August 15, 1958, in Green Bay, WI to Richard and Arlene (Stammer) Smits. Barb attended De Pere High School graduating in 1976.

She married her soulmate, Les Kornowske, on April 25, 1981 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in De Pere. Together Barb and Les had two sons, Wes and Ross.

Barb was employed at Paper Transport, Inc. Barb’s favorite hobbies included gardening, collecting antiques and McCoy pots, and home decorating. In 2003 Barb planned a complete renovation of a house in need of repair in De Pere. Through her creativity and hard work, she turned that house into a home where all were welcome.

Barb’s greatest joy was raising her two boys, helping them when needed and providing a stable, nurturing home. Barb always stood by her family and was the rock that everyone could count on for guidance, love, and support.

She brought her personality and strength into her career, naturally providing the same strength and forward thinking to her position as Director of Human Resources. Her co-workers remember her fondly for creating the environment and culture that will allow Paper Transport to grow and thrive into the future. She has cemented her legacy.

Barb is survived by her parents, Richard and Arlene, loving husband Les, sons Wes (Sara) Kornowske (sons Rollie and Jack), Allouez and Ross (Melany) Kornowske (daughter Riley), De Pere. Barb’s three grandchildren were her most recent joy.

Barb is further survived by her sisters Kathy (Jim) Mack, Susan (Jerry) Gillespie, brother Jim Smits, sisters in law Mary (Larry) Mesce, Sue Kazik (friend Lee), niece and many nephews.

Barb was preceded in death by her father and mother in law Rollie and Phyllis Kornowske.

Visitation will be held at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. Tenth Street, De Pere on Friday, March 16th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Additional visitation will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 220 S Michigan St, De Pere. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 AM with Father Richard Getchel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Barb’s wish was that any donations be provided to the Cerebral Palsy Center of Green Bay. Donations can be sent to the Cerabral Palsy Center, Attn: Corrine Applekamp 2801 S Webster Ave, Green Bay, WI 54301. They can also be sent over the phone at (920) 337-1122 x1205 or online at www.wearecp.org.


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Visitation

Friday

16

Mar

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory

305 N. Tenth St
De Pere, WI 54115

Visitation

Saturday

17

Mar

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Francis Xavier Parish - De Pere

220 S. Michigan St
De Pere, WI 54115

Service

Saturday

17

Mar

11:00 AM
St. Francis Xavier Parish - De Pere

220 S. Michigan St
De Pere, WI 54115

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