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Robert E. 'Bob' Barnabo


PENCE, Wis. - Robert E. "Bob" Barnabo, 77, of Pence, died unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at home.

He was born June 30, 1936, in Hurley, son of the late Dante and Leocadia (Cybulski) Barnabo, and graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in 1954. He then spent two years in the Wisconsin National Guard.

Bob was director of maintenance at Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley for more than 25 years, retiring in 2006. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, and enjoyed fishing and repairing computers. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to many, Bob will be missed.

On Feb. 23, 1957, he was married to the former Kathleen Baima at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Pence. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Geoffrey (Pamela), Lakeville, Minn., Mark (Jane), Alvin, Texas, and Robert (Anna), Hurley; two daughters, Robin (Marty) Schmitz, Prior Lake, Minn., and Linda Barnabo, Pence; 10 grandchildren, Nicole, Shawn, Matthew, Scott, Ashley, Michelle, Jennifer, Lauren, Steven and Stephanie; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Arloa), Manitowish Waters; brother- and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Geri Kutz, Hurley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert James in infancy in 1931, and John "Jack", on Nov. 18, 1981.

Out of respect for his wishes, cremation has taken place.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.

Luncheon will follow in the parish hall.

Rite of Committal and interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Iron Belt, in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bob's obituary can be viewed online and condolences given to his family at

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood, Mich.


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