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Barbara Ganske, 1932-2017

Funeral services for Barbara June Ganske of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service. The Rev. Joyce Shaman will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea.

Barb died Monday, April 10, 2017, at Oak Park Place with her daughters at her side. She was 85.

Barb was born Jan. 24, 1932, in Conger, the daughter of John and Edith (Reasoner) Somnis. She attended public school in Conger and cosmetology school later in life.

Barbara Ganske

Barb was united in marriage to Norman (Bill) Ganske on March 2, 1952, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They lived for a short time in Panama while Norman was in the service, and then made their home in Albert Lea.

Barb was an active member of United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was a circle member. She was co-owner of Northside Beauty Salon for many years and was the hairdresser for Bonnerup Funeral Service.

Barb loved gardening and had a green thumb for flowers. She enjoyed canning, reading, dancing and was a wonderful cook. She went on many trips with Four Seasons travel and many friends.

Barb is survived by her daughters Cindy (Wes) Halverson of Albert Lea and Angie (Robert) Richter of Oregon, Wisconsin; granddaughters Kristin DeBoer and Andrea (Tim) Hoheisel; and great-grandchildren Raegen and Ramsey Hoheisel and Brenner and Hudson DeBoer. There was a special friend in her life, Curt Bohonek, of Montclair, California; brother, Roland (Pat) Somnis, of Conger; and sister-in-law, Rosie Somnis, of Schroeder.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman, in 2004; brothers John, Robert, James and Thomas Somnis; sister, Rosella Thompson; sister, Grace Somnis, in infancy; brother-in-law, Milt Thompson; and sisters-in-law Jean Somnis and Delores Somnis.

Her family would like to extend a special thank you to the loving people and staff of Oak Park Place and St. Croix Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Alzheimer’s research or St. Croix Hospice.