June 18, 1933 - October 11, 2018
Arloa (Lillstrom) Barnabo died peacefully at her home on October 11, 2018. She was born on Father’s Day June 18, 1933 to Mauri and Hilma (Johnson) Lillstrom. Arloa graduated from Hurley High School in 1951. During her senior year, she fell head over heals in love with her best friend and soulmate, Donald W. Barnabo. They were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hurley on August 10, 1957. Music played a major role in Arloa’s life. She served as an organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ironwood, MI, St. Williams Catholic Church in Janesville and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Manitowish Waters. Arloa also helped organize, with the help of the Sister of St. Coletta, a religious education group for physically and mentally challenged children in Janesville, WI. She also worked as a teacher’s aide at Glen Oaks School and the Janesville Public School system entertaining the kids with her collection of children songs. Her students knew her as “Mrs. B the guitar lady. Retiring to their Northwoods cottage in Manitowish Waters in 1989, Arloa enjoyed the outdoors fishing, snowmobiling and sunsets with her loving husband and good friends. She was an avid quilter and an active member of “The small-town quilters”. She loved painting wildlife in art class and was also a member of the notorious singing group “The Pinetones” Arloa is survived by her husband of 61 years Don Barnabo, children Dana (Dan) Sweeney of Madison, WI; Tom (Susan) Barnabo of West Des Moines, Iowa and Lana Barnabo Knaack of Madison, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday October 16, 2018 at 11 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Manitowish Waters with a visitation from 9:30 AM to the time of the service. Burial will follow in Pinelawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial s may be directed to the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, WI or HYF/Dr. Kate-Ministry Hospice.
Arloa (Lillstrom) Barnabo died peacefully at her home on October 11, 2018. She was born on Father’s Day June 18, 1933 to Mauri and Hilma (Johnson) Lillstrom. Arloa graduated from Hurley High School in 1951. During her senior year, she... View Obituary & Service Information
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