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“HI Jim, This is Kim Olson from your Classmate of Class of 1972 and roomate from College. I was so sad to hear about your wife, as i haven't talked...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Kim Olson - San Francisco, Ca., CA

“Dear Jim and family - We are so sorry to hear of Barb's sudden passing and can't even begin to express our sorrow for you during this difficult time...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Aaron Sundeen - Hudson, WI

“To Barb's husband and sons and grandchildren and all family members: I was so saddened to hear of Barb's stroke and death from her brother Gordy. I...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Dottie Myers - Arcadia, WI

“Dear Mrdutt family, We are so sorry for your loss. Barb was a special person. We knew her as our school nurse. She truly cared about the students...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Pete & Debbie McHenry and family - WI

“Jim and family, We're so sorry to hear of your loss. Barb had such a beautiful spirit and was a wonderful, kind person. Our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Debbie Harmon - Menomonie, WI

“Jim and Family, Barb is at peace now and how wonderful that you got to spend "special" time with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: David and Diane Wulle

“Barb was my mentor at Holy Family and I was fortunate to have worked with her for the last 10 years. She taught me many of the nursing skills that I...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Cassie de la Cruz

“I worked with Barb at Westfields and I will miss her smile and laughter she was an awesome nurse and friend and I am going to miss her very much!! ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: nancy Peterson - barb's friend

“So sorry to hear of your loss. I am the sister of Sandy Metzger and she thought so much of you, Jim. You have my deepest sympathies. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Virginia Wolske - Menomonie, WI

“I am very sorry to hear that the world has lost Barb. She was a fun, gentle, joyful, caring person. She will be missed. ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Cynthia Welch - Menomonie, WI

“You remain in our thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Jim & Marvel Lemke - Friend

“I worked with Barb back in the day that she worked for Dunn County and the Boyciville School. Barb was kind and compassionate and cared alot about...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Kristie Bugs - Menomonie, WI

“Jim, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and you're family! ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Kay Pershern - Menomonie, WI

“Jim & family, Our sympathy to all of you in the loss of your dear wife, Barb, Mother, grandmother, and friend to many...We were saddened to hear Barb...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Judy & John Kampa - Arcadia, WI

“Jim, Sorry to hear about the loss of you wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul Diedrich ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Paul Diedrich - MN

“Dear Father,Sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and your family with His many graces at this time.Marie ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Marie Stepanik - schofield, WI

“Dear Jim, Just want to send my prayers and thoughts to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear what has happened. We may not all be there in...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Louise I. Prinicpe - Kenosha, WI

“Jim and Family, Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you all. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Lisa Walker - Portage, WI

“Dear Jim and family,I wish I had some words of comfort something that has not been said, something that is different from what everyone else has said...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Mazemke - Iola, WI

“My deepest condolences to Jim and family during this very hard time. I thankfully got to know Barb during her time on earth thru the Register of...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Cheri McBride - LaCrosse, WI


Barb Mrdutt, age 58, of Boyceville, died on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at home under Hospice care. She was born on January 21, 1953 in Arcadia, Wisconsin, the daughter of Greg and Luana (Herrick) Pehler.

Barb was employed as a Registered Nurse at Westfields Hospital, in New Richmond for the past 20 years. She enjoyed the many opportunities that were given to her in her nursing profession which included hospital, school, home care and her last role was in quality and hospital safety.

Barb fully enjoyed her role as a Grandma and enjoyed spending time with her grandsons, Mason and Marek. She also enjoyed baking cakes for many friends, family, school and church functions. She had great love in being a volunteer to all who needed her time and many talents. Her greatest love was working on quilts which she gladly donated for many functions. Barb gave in death as she gave in life; she was an organ and tissue donor.

She is survived by her husband Jim and was to celebrate 32 years of married life in May. She is also survived by her three sons, Matthew (Anna) Mrdutt of Menomonie, WI, Christopher (Jennifer) Mrdutt of Mosinee,WI and Benjamin (Katie) Mrdutt of Boyceville and two grandsons, Mason and Marek. Survivors also include her siblings, Greg (Jenny) Pehler of Fairfield Glade, TN, Gaylord (Judi) Pehler of Fond du Lac, WI, Gordon (Sue) Pehler of Lublin,WI, Father Gerry Pehler, OFM Cap., of Wausau, WI, Gabriel (Karen) Pehler of Fountain City, WI, Gerard (Laura) Pehler of Oregon, WI, George Pehler of Rochester, MN, and Sr. Bernadette Pehler of Madison, WI. Survivors also include many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gregory and Luana (Herrick) Pehler.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Menomonie, WI on Sunday March 6, 2011 at 2PM, with Father Gerry Pehler, Father Joachim Strupp, and Fr. Tom Krieg officiating. Visitation will be at the church at 1PM. Family and friends can join in the celebration of Barb’s life immediately following the service at the Econolodge Conference Center Jct. 94 & Hwy. 25 in Menomonie from 4 to 7pm. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used for a memorial garden to be built in Barb’s memory and other special causes which were so important to Barb.