Barbara A. Bennett, December 17, 1936 - November 23, 2018

Barbara A. Bennett
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Barbara (Barb) A. Bennett, 81, met her Heavenly Father on Friday, November 23.

The former Barbara Russell was born on December 17, 1936 in Eau Claire, to Vern and Dorothy (Capstick) Russell.  She attended Eau Claire schools and graduated from Eau Claire Senior High in 1955. On October 7, 1959, she married Lawrence (Larry) Bennett in Eau Claire.

She enjoyed being a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, collecting sets of dishes, horses, and most of all, quilting and collecting fabric.  She did not watch television very often except on the first Saturday in May when it was time for the Kentucky Derby!  She taught piano for many years and and also worked for Kleven Real Estate.  Barb was a church organist for 40 years.

She is survived by her husband, Larry, one daughter, Karen (Paul) Haugland, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Mark, parents Vern and Dorothy Russell, and brother Jim Russell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Beaver Creek Reserve,

Visitation will take place at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 3-7 pm.  Visitation will continue at the church on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 10 am until the time of service.  Funeral service will take place at 11 am on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 123 W Hamilton Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701, with Pastor Rod Larson officiating. Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery, Eau Claire.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Sybelle and Tom Burce November 30, 2018

    Larry and Karen, we are saddened by the passing of Barb, a loved member of our Central-South family. We are sorry for your loss, family obligations that kept us from attending the funeral, and the challenging days that lie ahead. Barb will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.

  2. Lynn Barrie November 29, 2018

    Larry, I am sadden to learn of Barb's passing. May you and your family treasure your memories. She will be missed by many. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  3. Linda Brenner November 28, 2018

    Larry and Karen: I am so sorry to hear of you loss. Take care, and God Bless,

  4. Patty (Lium) and Greg Gardner November 27, 2018

    Larry, so sorry to hear of Barbs passing. She was a lovely person. I also knew she loved to bake. Living next to you for many years on Woodland Ave. Karen was a baby that I occasionally watched.
    Condolences to your family.

  5. Donald L Patterson November 27, 2018

    Dear Larry,

    We will all miss Barb's warm smile and cheerful disposition. I am so sorry for your loss and for the challenging days that lie ahead.

    Don Patterson

  6. Catherine (White) Orin November 27, 2018

    Dear Larry,

    I am so incredibly sorry to hear about Barb's passing. I have very fond memories of celebrating our birthday's together growing up, going to Pizza Hut on Sunday's after church, and her presence while you helped me make candles at your house. I am praying for you and Karen during this difficult time.


  7. Clayona Walter November 25, 2018

    What a shock to read of Barbs passing. I am so very sorry. My prayers and thoughts are with you all,So sorry that I can not attend the service. Since I am in a wheel chair sure changes things.A great lady will be missed by many people. May God grant you comfort in your deep sorrow.With my love to all of you.n