Janet Barbara Barney, 89, of Black River Falls, WI, passed away at the Pine View Care Center Jan. 14, 2023. Janet was born July 23, 1933, to Helmer and Miriam (Farrar) Roe in Wausau, WI. 

     Janet attended Eau Claire Senior High School and after high school went to Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) in Eau Claire, WI, where she majored in both chemistry and calculus. She was active in her student church club and the Women’s Recreation Association. While attending the university, she met her future husband, Patrick Barney. The two were united in marriage May 28, 1955, and had seven children, to whom Janet was a stay-at-home mom. In 1968, the family moved to Humbird, WI.  

     Janet was a lifelong sports fan, especially the Brewers and Packers. She enjoyed playing Bridge, various card games and traveling with the Prime-Time Club and Homespun Tours with her friends. She was active with Homemakers, St. Anne’s Altar Society and American Legion Auxiliary; she served as a volunteer at the hospital gift shop and as an election poll worker. Her greatest joy later in life was spent playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

     She is survived by her children, Terrence (Nancy) Barney, Kathleen (Jay) Eddy, Patrice (Jeff) Boucher, Barbara Simonis, Daniel (Polly) Barney and Susan Iverson; daughter-in-law Rosemary Barney; grandchildren Erica, Kristy, Lindsay, Jessicah, Erin, Garrett, Justine, Trevor, Danielle, Walker, Angela, Teren, Ethan, Kayla, Savanna, Ashley, Richele, Nathan, Riley, Jennifer, Ryan, Jordan, Jessica, Vincent, KateLynn, and Eric; 30 great-grandchildren; brother Peter (Linda) Roe; and sister Judy (Richard) Gude; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.  

     Janet was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Patrick; parents Helmer and Miriam; and son, Michael Barney.  

     Funeral services for Janet will take place Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at the St. Joseph Catholic Parish at 11 a.m. Father Peter Kieffer will officiate. Friends and family are welcome to the visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service. There will also be a visitation Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at the St. Joseph Catholic Parish from 5 until 8 p.m. 

     The Torgerson’s Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements, 715-284-4321. 


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