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Barbara J. Smith
Barbara J. Smith, age 63, of Juneau, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Beaver Dam Community Hospital.

The visitation will be at Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. At 7:00 PM all are invited to share memories of Barb with a glass of wine at the funeral home on Friday. A visitation will also be at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Juneau on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. The funeral service will follow at the church on Saturday with Pastor Paul Hirsch officiating. Lunch will immediately follow the service at church.

Barb was born in Monroe, Wisconsin to Orville and Sara (Miller) Davis and grew up in the Southwestern part of the state. She attended Argyle High School and met her future husband there. Barb graduated in 1967 and married Stan Smith later that year on November 18 at a small church in Argyle. It was in 1970 that their daughter Marla was born. They moved from Plymouth and settled in Juneau in 1975. Barb was actively involved with Marla's events, from cheering her on in sports to being a 4-H leader for the Oak Grove Owls. She was so happy the day Marla married Todd and was proud to call him her son. A few years after moving to Juneau, Barb shared her love of reading while working at the Juneau Public Library. She later became the Director of the Library and had a vision to further serve the community by building a new library. She was instrumental in planning, developing, and building the new library. Over the years, Barb continued her education in art and library science. In 1993 her pride and joy came in to her life, her granddaughter, Selena. Barb thoroughly enjoyed being a grandmother. From the time Selena was born she was reading to her. Barb's love of books was passed down to both Marla and Selena. Barb attended every possible life event for Selena and those memories will be cherished.

Barb and Stan enjoyed spending time with good friends, going out to eat, trips to Door County, and attending Badger football games, musicals and plays. Over the years they enjoyed searching for unique and special antiques. They loved traveling together throughout Wisconsin and the United States. She was a chairperson for the Parade of Trees and was Vice President of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. Barb was also a member of the Juneau Jaycettes and St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church.

Over the past six and a half years, Barb and her family have appreciated all the care and support given to them by the doctors, nurses and staff of Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Dr. Seth Barudin and staff, Dean Oncology Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, UW Hospital and clinics and the Carbone Cancer Center, Hillside Hospice, along with our amazing friends and family.

Her strength, positive outlook and never give up attitude was an inspiration to her family and friends. She was the picture of what cancer cannot do.

Barb will be missed by her husband, Stan of Juneau, daughter, Marla (Todd) Erdman of Juneau, granddaughter, Selena Erdman (Geoffrey Clark) of Mt. Vernon, IA, sister, Marianne (Bruce) Sheetz of Chili, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Peggy Smith of Darlington, Janet and Bob Maske of Monroe, Linda and Gary Seffrood of Gratiot, JoAnn and Tom Novak of Monroe, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Francis and Shirley Smith, a niece, Becky Maske, and nephew, Benjamin Sheetz.

The Murray Funeral Home, 131 E. Maple Ave. in Beaver Dam, is caring for the family. To leave condolences, for directions, or for other information, please visit our website at