Barbara M. "Barb" Elfers, 83, Almena, Wis., died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Barron Care and Rehab.
She was born Jan. 22, 1936, at Hillsdale to Tony and Lilly (Hoscheit) Balog, Sr. She attended country school in Hillsdale and graduated from Barron High School in 1954.
Barb was recruited by Fred Van Sickle while still in high school to work as a legal aid in his law office. She later worked in the law offices of Dan D'Amico and John Santerre.
She married Myron Elfers at Salem Lutheran Church, Barron, on July 16, 1960. After they started their family, Barb made a home for Myron and their children.
She taught Sunday school at Zion Lutheran Church, Turtle Lake, for 15 years. Later, she was clerk for the Township of Turtle Lake for 23 years. Barb served on the board of directors for the Barron Hospital and also worked in the Barron County Register of Deeds Office until retirement, at which time she became Almena village treasurer.
Barb liked to sew, bake and tend to her garden, especially her geraniums and raspberry patch. She was the neighborhood grandmother.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are children DeAnn (Charlie) Nelson of Cumberland, Dawn (Joe) Greene of Turtle Lake and David (Louise Pavlusky) of Bloomer; grandchildren Jeremy (Betsy) Henck, Alicia (Jordan) Myers, Noah Greene, Colin Elfers and Cody Elfers; great-grandchildren Rylan, Emma and Olivia; siblings Margaret "Peggy" Olson of Prairie Farm, Ann Losness of Fridley, Minn., and Carole Kuhl of Almena; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Barb was preceded in death by siblings Jake Balog, Phyllis Knutson, Joe Balog, John Balog, Fred Balog, Violet Balog, Thelma Nelson and Tony Balog, Jr.
A Christian funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, from St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Almena, with Pastor Preston Paul officiating and burial at St. Matthew Cemetery, Almena. Pallbearers are Jeremy Henck, Noah Greene, Colin Elfers, Cody Elfers, Steve Elfers and Mike Elfers. Honorary pallbearers are Romaine Elfers, Jerry Nordquist, Don Peltier and Don Thuftin.
Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday from Skinner Funeral Home, Turtle Lake, and an hour prior to services at the church.