Barbara Jo Klauber

Barbara Jo (Branson) Klauber, 55, went home to be with her Lord on January 4, 2014. She died unexpectedly in her sleep, at her home in Grayslake, Illinois. Barb, and her twin brother Bob, were born on November 2, 1958, in Oconto, Wisconsin, to Donald and Bonnie Branson. Barb grew up in Eau Claire and graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1977 where she was proud to sing with Memorial’s Madrigal Choir. Four years later she graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Finance. With her degree she became one of the first female stock brokers in Eau Claire. Barb also lived and worked in Madison where she met Martin Klauber. Marty and Barb were united in marriage in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on May 30, 1987. Barb worked in finance until the joyful births of their daughter, Bonnie Jo, and son, William Martin. She then made her home and family her priority, in Grayslake, Illinois. Faith and family meant so much to Barb. Each and every holiday was celebrated together. It was so important to her to celebrate these traditions with her entire family. She loved her Lord and continually
sought to learn and grow in her faith. Barb is survived by her husband Marty; daughter, Bonnie; son, Billy; her mother, Bonnie (George) Branson-Stone of Eau Claire; twin brother Bob (Jane) Branson of Hudson; sisters, Susan Stein (Todd Krueger), and Ruth (Ray) Nyland, all of Eau Claire. She will also be deeply missed by her loving nieces, nephews and cousins, including Johanna, Rachel and Dan Stein, Ben (Janet), Sarah and Davy Branson, Anna and Bobby Nyland. She is also survived by her husband Marty’s extended family. Barb was preceded in death by her father, Donald C. Branson and grandparents.  Services for Barb will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E.  Belvidere Road, Grayslake, Illinois, on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Visitation will be  from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with the service following. Burial will be at Lakeview
Cemetery in Eau Claire at a later date.For information, please call 847-223-8122  or visit http://www.strangfuneral.org/. “We love you so much Barb. May you find peace in the Garden, for you are His own.”

3 Responses to Barbara Jo Klauber

  • Patti Stein says:

    Dear Branson Family, I am so sorry for your loss of Barb. May God bless you with his peace and joy in the days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Patti Stein, Altoona WI

  • Vern and Doris Prenzler says:

    Thanks Barb,

    You have always been special, always greeting me with a hug; opening the conversation with fun and your good strong laugh!

    We would always review some memory of the past in Oconto and Eau Claire.
    What fun!

    Course we would also see you in Door County visiting Doris’ Weathergate Gallery.
    Doris was always pleased you liked her paintings.

    We are so thankful for your bringing Marty, Bonnie and Billy into the family. We love them too.

    You and Marty were so smart to travel to Europe with your kids and even Grandma Bonnie; especially to Norway.

    You had plans; you were concerned; you made phone calls; you loved!
    We loved you and your active faith in our Lord. We will meet again.

    Uncle Vern and Aunt Doris

  • Mary Hutterli Mercer says:

    To Barb’s children, I met your Mom in High school my Junior year. There was a group of girls that your mom was friends with for many years. I moved to Eau Claire and your mom, and the others welcomed me and made me feel like I belonged. Barb touched many lives in a beautiful way. I can see from her smile in the photo that she was very happy and loved her family very much. She was always talking about Bob and Ruthie as they were still at home. My heart goes out to you both, your Dad, Barb’s family, Bob…I can still hear her laugh…and see her smile. Its been years since I have seen her but people like Barb are always with you in your heart and memory forever.
    Mary Hutterli Mercer , Sugar Land, Texas

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