Growing up the oldest of seven children, she nurtured her siblings like a second mother. Their bond continued over her lifetime, and they would be each other's confidant, caregivers, and best friends. Barb truly had the gift of making everyone feel special.
Barb loved gardening, tending her flowers, and took great pride in being able to take care of her home. In her later years you could find Barb serving funeral lunches at Holy Spirit Parish and meals at Pillars where she was especially known for her mini cherry cheesecakes.
When her kids were young, she was the class mom, always baking and volunteering at Holy Cross School. She was an avid fan of anything her children were involved in and spent many nights in the bleachers cheering them on.
As a grandmother she flourished. She was so proud of her grandchildren and the adults they have become. In her final weeks she was able to meet Charlie Pradarelli, her second great grandchild and grandpa Charlie’s namesake.
The circle of life was not lost on her. She had clarity and acceptance that her life was coming to an end and her time on earth was done. Her mind and heart were prepared to meet her savior and be reunited with her husband. She had many conversations about “I Can Only Imagine” of the joy awaiting her. How lucky she is, and how sad we are.
Barb is survived by her children, Joe of Green Bay, Nick (Diane) of Kaukauna, Karen (Greg) Hartjes of Appleton. Grandchildren Bradley (Lindsay) Emily (Michael), Eric (Rachel), Henry, Kristin (Nick) Pradarelli, and Claire (Jonah). Madelyn, Eli and Owen Hartjes. Great grandchildren, Quinn and Charlie Pradarelli. Siblings: Joe Ver Voort, Betsy (Tony) Wisneski, Dick (Mary) Ver Voort, Jerry (Cheri) Ver Voort, Patty Ver Voort, Terry (Lori) Ver Voort. And numerous nieces and nephews. In-laws: John (Sharon) Schuh. Dick (Margaret) Schuh, Mary (Jerry) Van Domelen, Marty (Sue) Schuh, and sister-in-law Rose Schuh.
In addition to her husband Chuck, she was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Nellie Ver Voort, and mother and father-in-law Gus and Agnes Schuh. Sister-in-law Sandy Ver Voort, brother-in-law Jim Schuh, and nephew Nathaniel Schuh.
Please join us in celebrating her life. Visitation will be held on August 17 at Holy Spirit Parish, 620 East Kimberly Ave, Kimberly Wi 54136, from 2:00 pm until Mass at 4:00pm with the Rev. Carl Schmitt officiating.
Special thank you to Lorraine and Melissa with Theda Care Hospice. Their loving care of mom made it possible for her to stay in her home and spend her last months surrounded by the people she loved.
Also, John and Judy Lambie and Fred and Judy Spietz for 50 years of friendship and kindness.