Barbara Rae Gentz

Date of Death: Sep 14, 2020
Barbara Rae Gentz

1956 - 2020

Barbara Rae Gentz, 64, of Waupun, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 14, 2020 at the Christian Home in Waupun.

Barb was born June 27, 1956 in Hustisford, WI to Roland and Madelene Arneson Gentz.  In 1974 she graduated from Horicon High School.  Barb was a hardworking individual who started at the bottom and worked her way up to the top at every job.  She was the first female barber in the Watertown and Oconomowoc areas. She worked at Wells Fargo’s financial office in Beaver Dam.  Barb had a strong religious faith. She loved her kids and grandkids dearly.  She always attended her grandchildren’s events. Barb enjoyed campfires, sports, and all the simple things in life.

Barb is survived by her children: Tony (Spring) Checki of Waupun, Matthew Checki of Horicon, Megan (Ryan) Quiring of Waupun, and Casey (Sam) Sell of Beaver Dam; six grandchildren: Joe, Callista, and Amaya Checki, Ellie and Dane Wachter, and Vienna Quiring; a brother, Greg Gentz; a sister, Joan Tillou; and many nieces and nephews.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Randy Gentz.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.  


Funeral services for Barbara Gentz will be held Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun with Rev. David Knuth officiating.


Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon.

Special Thanks

A special thanks to Brian Hannan, Calvin Hemling, the hospice team and staff, and The Cancer Center in Fond du Lac.



  1. I will miss Barb so much! She was a great friend and neighbor. We had great morning coffee visits. She loved her house and family. She is in a better place yet. My sympathy to all of you.

  2. Our sincere condolences and prayers for peace to the family of our dear friend Barb. Barb always brought sunshine where ever she was and we will be deeply miss your smile and contagious laugh. May the peace that surpasses all understanding by keeping our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus bring us to rejoice with your Barb as you meet your Savior face to face. Until we meet again dear friend.
    Carolyn & Elroy Thrun

  3. Janet Kasten Says: September 15, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Barb and got to be friend because of Joe. We would sit together at Basketball and Baseball games. I was the bus driver and Barb the wonderful grandma cheering Joe on. We talked the whole time. So surprised by her passing. My deepest Condolences to everyone. Great memories.

  4. Lynette Heintz Says: September 15, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Such a dear sweet lady taken too soon. So full of life, smiles and kindness for everyone. She will be missed very much and still thought of often.
    God please give strength to her children, grandchildren and all her loved ones knowing she is with You Dear Lord.
    My sincere condolences to her family, she may be gone but never forgotten.

  5. Cathy Buelow Says: September 16, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    My sincere condolences to your family

  6. Steven Donovan Says: September 16, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    My parents and I are truly sad to hear of her passing. Your family is in our prayers.

    Craig, Jean, and Steven Donovan

  7. Elaine Koehn Says: September 16, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Barb was my rock and confident along with Brian Hannan. When I saw they were together at Wells Fargo it was my intention to stop in to sat hello and catch up. But COVID kept me from doing this so didnt know she was sick. A wonderful, kind, caring and always helpful person. Glad I got to know her all these years.

  8. Mona Lichtenberg Says: September 17, 2020 at 2:20 am

    Sympathy to the family. In thoughts for comfort and strength.

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