Barbara L. Beere, 70, passed away on Friday April 29, 2022, after a brave battle with a brain cancer.

Barb was born in Racine to Eugene and Audrey Barnhart. She spent her early life on the family farm in Waterford. In 1971, she married Paul Beere and they settled on the couple’s Rochester farm where they raised crops, Angus cattle, Suffolk sheep, hogs, and three children.

Barbara was an active community member where she was instrumental in the founding of the Rochester Community Garden. She was a Racine County 4-H leader, a Burlington Memorial Hospital Auxiliary member and an enthusiastic volunteer for Catholic Central High School and St. Mary’s Grade School where her children attended.

Barbara was a Master Gardener who loved sharing her knowledge with friends, grandchildren and members of the community. She enjoyed summertime at her cabin in Eagle River where she fished, kayaked and adored campfires overlooking the lake. She was excited to be a new resident of Florida. She and Paul would enjoy their retirement on the Gulf of Mexico where they could trade snowflakes for seashells. She was exceedingly proud of her family and delighted in company of her five grandchildren. She was well known for her lilac bouquets, delicious dinner rolls and gracious hospitality. She will be sadly missed by all.

Barb is survived by her loving husband Paul; children, Rebecca (Chad) Henderson, Ben (Shelley) Beere and Emily (Thomas) Cetta; grandchildren, Jack, Sam, Clara, Max and Leo; sisters, Susie (Tom) Stolt and Judy (Tom) Schemm; father-in-law Richard “Dick” Beere, nieces, nephews and many beloved friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Eugene and Audrey Barnhart; mother-in-law Gladys Beere; and siblings, Bonnie, Eugene and Thomas Barnhart.

Memorial gathering will be held at St. Thomas Church, 305 South First Street, Waterford, on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 10 to 11 a.m., with Mass beginning at 11 a.m. Private burial at the Rochester Cemetery will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Catholic Central High School in Burlington.

Mealy Funeral Home is serving the family. Well-wishers may visit www.mealyfuneralhome.com.