Barbara M. Ihlenfeldt, April 8, 1946 - November 24, 2020

Barbara M. Ihlenfeldt
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Barbara Ihlenfeldt of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Punta Gorda, Florida left on her final sail on November 24,2020 after a long and courageous struggle with Lewy Body dementia.

Barbara was born on April 8, 1946 in Kewaunee, Wisconsin to Clarence and Dorothy (Doperalski) Tischler. She married her spouse of 53 years, Bill Ihlenfeldt, on August 12, 1967 in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  They have two daughters, Heidi (Mark) Schildt of Beloit, Wisconsin and Holly Williams of Delano, Minnesota. They also have four grandchildren, Megan and Tyler Schildt of Beloit and Hogan and Hannah Williams of Delano, Minnesota.

Barbara graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1964 and went on to pursue her love of the health occupations starting with a degree in radiologic technology from Bellin Hospital in Green Bay Wisconsin.  Later, she went on to obtain her registered nursing degree at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. She spent her entire career working in the health occupations first as a radiologic technician in Green Bay and Appleton, Wisconsin, followed by over 30 years as a registered nurse in dialysis in Appleton, Neenah, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  She retired from nursing at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Barbara loved her family dearly as well as friends, entertaining, and giving of herself to her community.  She was a member of the Genevieve Paulson Circle of The King’s Daughters in Appleton, Wisconsin, Chapter DU of PEO in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Junior League of Eau Claire serving as their 1998-1999 President. She worked on and chaired the Mayo Clinic Christmas fund raiser for many years. 

Barbara loved sailing having spent many hours on their sailboat with her family on Lake Winnebago, Lake Michigan, Lake Pepin and the Gulf of Mexico around Florida.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Dorothy Tischler and her brother and sister-in-law Jim and Dulcene Tischler all of Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren, a nephew and a niece.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, a private family funeral is being planned through Trinity Lutheran Church at Hulke Funeral Home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry or Feed My People which were Barbara’s favorites, her special concern being children.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Barbara, may your winds be fair and your seas calm on this final journey.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Chris Poppe December 6, 2020

    Bill, I am so very sorry for your loss. You were a wonderful caregiver to Barb during her Lewy-Body Dementia battle.

  2. Bill Cayley December 4, 2020

    Bill and family, So. sad to read of Barbara's death last week. It has been a long struggle. I hope you are finding some relief in her and your release from it. Kindest regards. Bill Cayley sr.

  3. Peter & Randi Scobie December 3, 2020

    Bill & Famiy, we are so sorry to hear about Barbara. We spent many happy times together, and loved it when you lived in St Andrews!

  4. Sue Shea December 2, 2020

    Dear Bill and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I hired Barb at the Mayo ( formerly Luther) dialysis unit. It was a wonderful day for me when she came to work with us. She was always kind and positive to staff and patients and had a special sparkle in her eyes. Having a spouse that has Lewy Body dementia, I can somewhat understand how difficult things must have been for her and all of you. I wish you all nothing but good memories of a wonderful person.

  5. Mary Ellen Mathews December 2, 2020

    Dear Bill,
    I am so sorry for your loss! Please know that I am sure that Barbara is now free of her pain and suffering caused by Lewy Body! Maybe she and Butch are enjoying a celebration of their freedom from this horrible disease! You did all that you could to make her life after diagnosis as normal and healthy as possible! Mary Ellen

  6. sandra gravunder December 1, 2020

    Sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Barbara. She was truly a giver of her time and talents and now rests in peace.

  7. Pamela Pattermann November 30, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. I'm an RN still working at the Luther (Mayo) Dialysis and have many fond memories of when Barb worked there & our CF Dialysis unit. She was such a wonderful nurse and co-worker! Barb was always 'put-together' and professional with great nursing judgement and common sense. She always came to work cheerful with a "let's get going" attitude no matter how chaotic the day was. She was engaging and personable ~ usually making fun of herself :) She & Ann RosemeyerRN would tell stories and have us in stitches. She was a memorable person - obviously in many ways outside of how I knew her. I still have&use a Jr. League cookbook purchased via her. My condolences to all of you.
    Pam Pattermann

  8. GARY GREENFIELD November 30, 2020

    Dear Bill,
    Sorry to learn of the passing of your spouse. I didn't know her, but it sounds like she was a wonderful person - a life well-spent. reflect with gratitude on the gift of the 53 years you had with your life partner. take comfort in knowing that she is now in glory and is patiently waiting for the two of you to be reunited.
    God's peace,
    gary & vallie greenfield

  9. Jaime & Rosario Delgadillo November 30, 2020

    Our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. God bless you and comfort you.

  10. Sherry (DeRosa) Hastings November 29, 2020

    I remember many wonderful things about my time at CVTC including the graciousness of your Barbara. May your memories soon replace your tears . Sherry

  11. James Popple November 29, 2020

    So Sorry for your loss Bill...It was always nice seeing her and you walking at the mall...

  12. Marc and Carol Matthews November 29, 2020

    God is and will continue to be with you! Carol and I always enjoyed seeing and enjoying you and Barbara's company! You boldly took your stand to be her husband through the best and the worst of times. As a man and husband, I hold the highest respect for you!
    Our Faith and its' promises will help you through this loss.

    God bless you and your Family,

    Marc and Carol Matthews

  13. David & Marge Linse November 28, 2020

    Our sincere sympathy for your loss. She was a gem.

  14. Ann and Dean Rosemeyer November 28, 2020

    Dear Bill and family, We offer our condolences in the loss of Barb. She was my coworker, mentor, but most of all a good friend who I looked up to. Barb was exceptionally kind and compassionate. My heart breaks for you. May God give you strength, healing and comfort now and in the days ahead.

  15. Glenn Hoppe November 28, 2020

    Dear Bill; Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May she Rest In Peace.

  16. Susie (Larson) Draeger November 28, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Ihlenfeldt’s passing. Holly, I remember us talking about your mom as we drove back and forth from UWSP. Sending you all wishes for peace during this time. Keeping you all in prayers.

  17. Vickie Smith November 28, 2020

    So sorry Heidi, Mark, Megan and Tyler. Praying for you all and your family Heidi.

  18. Patricia Lufter November 28, 2020

    Bill you and your family have my deepest sympathy I always enjoyed your friendship my thoughts and prayers are with all of you keep her memories close in your hearts forever

  19. Michael Rindo November 28, 2020

    Dear Bill and Family,

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved one, Barb. Losing a loved one is always difficult, regardless of circumstances and my wife Pam and I wanted you to know you and your family are in our thoughts during this time.

    Warmest regards,

    Mike Rindo

  20. Joseph Hegge November 28, 2020

    Bill, so sorry to hear of your loss. Judy and I have great memories of Barbara and her welcoming ways when we were new to Eau Claire. The two of you were great role models to many of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  21. Debe Kortness November 28, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. I very much enjoyed working with her in dialysis in Eau Claire. She had a great sense of humor and compassion for her patients. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Ron Kind November 27, 2020

    To Bill and family. Please accept Tawni’s and my condolences for the loss of Barbara. 2020 has been such a difficult year and her passing makes it more so. May the good Lord take her into His care and help provide you with comfort during this time. Ron Kind

  23. Wayne Baltzer November 27, 2020

    Bill, I am so sorry to hear about Barbara. Your courage together during her long illness was an inspiration for us all.

  24. Barbie and Jerry Newmin November 27, 2020

    To Bill and all of Barb’s family and loved ones, we join you in sending a final farewell to her! She was a lovely soul! Bill, we always admired what a wonderful loving husband you were and appreciate the extra time you made it possible for us to enjoy her and your company at PPYC.

  25. Joan and Arthur Walker November 27, 2020

    We are sad to hear of your loss. May the heavens guide and bless you and your family during this time.

    Joan and Art Walker

  26. Tim Tewalt November 27, 2020

    Dear Bill,
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time. You both have touched so many lives in such a wonderful way. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

  27. Al and Gloria Slack November 27, 2020

    Dear Bill, We were saddened to hear about the passing of your beloved Barb. Sending our heartfelt prayers and condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

  28. Clarke & Sharon Mundhenke November 27, 2020

    Bill, may the love and support you receive from your family, friends and faith, carry you though this time of loss and grief for Barb. We have so many fond memories of time spent together in FL and WI. May she be at peace. Clarke & Sharon

  29. Carole and Don Lick November 27, 2020

    Dear Bill - We are saddened to hear of Barb's passing. We so enjoyed the times we went to Sacred Heart concerts with you and the Cometes and for pizza before it. We remember that she always brought M & Ms for all of us to share. Let the wonderful memories be with you forever. Our sincere wishes and prayers are with you and your family.

  30. Helen & Norb November 27, 2020

    Bill and family--we were so sorry to hear of Barbs passing. A sparkle in your lives has been taken but there are so many wonderful memories. She loved life and made life easier for so many in her family and cared deeply for those in her health care service. Bill, Barb was a guide and assistant in your life and work. We treasure memories of our wives. Remember the good times--they will give you strength in the future.

  31. Ann and Bob Singer November 27, 2020

    We are so sorry to hear about Barbara. She was a very special lady. Wish there would have been time to get to know her better. Love to Bill and your family.

  32. Nancy Graese November 27, 2020

    Dear Bill & Family. I am sorry to learn of your sadness. You must have had quite a journey of sorrow during her illness. I offer my sincere condolences. I too have lost my spouse. We were supposed to be able to enjoy our retirement and "old age" together. I'm sorry this isn't your story either. I have always looked back on our work days and enjoyed that time, although retirement is better. I hope that you and your children and grands can heal your hearts. Time does help. Sincerely, Nancy Graese

  33. Linda and Bo Bohacek November 27, 2020

    Our deepest sympathies to you, Bill, and your family with the passing of Barbara.

  34. Dennis & Sharon Ladwig November 27, 2020

    We will miss all of the good times we spent together while attending the meetings of the Wisconsin Technical College events! You were a special and caring person and thank you Bill for taking such wonderful care of Barb! Dennis/Sharon Ladwig

  35. Marv and Lorrie Franson November 26, 2020

    We are so sorry to learn of Barbara’s death. She was a wonderful friend to us. Peace be with you.

  36. Carol A Evans November 26, 2020

    I had the pleasure of being Barb's dental hygienist for many years. She was a lovely person. I looked forward to her visits and updates on her children and grandchildren. She was so proud of her family. My deepest sympathies to Bill and family.

    Carol Evans

  37. Holly hart November 26, 2020

    Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Though I did not know Barbara well, your love and dedication to her were always apparent.

  38. Mary Richbourg and Jim Malinoski November 25, 2020

    Mary worked with Barb in dialysis at Luther Hospital in the 1990s. She was a great nurse and co worker, plus always a classy lady. Our sympathies to your family.

  39. John & Michele Westlund November 25, 2020

    We are so sorry to hear about Barbara. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!