Barbara B. Matejka

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August 4, 1937-July 3, 2024

Barbara B. Matejka, age 86 of Prairie du Chien passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at Edenbrook in Platteville. 

She was born on August 4, 1937, the daughter of Elmer and Marjorie (Biggar) Van Horn. Barb married Robert “Bob” Matejka on Aug. 25, 1956. She studied at Richland County Teachers College before attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she obtained her master’s degree in education. Barb and her husband later moved to Prairie du Chien where she served as an educator for 26 years until retirement. She enjoyed playing slots at “the boat” in Marquette, Iowa, and socializing with friends at The Barn Restaurant in Prairie du Chien. Barb loved the Christmas season and spent most of the year buying gifts for those she loved. She especially cherished the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren. 

Barb was preceded in death by her husband Bob on May 15, 2004. 

She is survived by her daughter Cheryle (Ed) Ganser; siblings Richard (Virginia) Van Horn and Jacquelyn (Vern) Markham; brother-in-law Michael (Mariann) Matejka; grandchildren Sarah (Nate) Fosbinder and Tom (Elizabeth) Ganser; and great-grandchildren Cortney, Natalie, Lincoln, Grace, and Tessa. She was preceded in death by three brothers; Wilson, Bernard, and Weldon Van Horn and two sisters; Beverly Schammel and Joanne Wittenberg. 

A private committal will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Prairie du Chien. Barb’s family would like to extend a special thanks to her devoted caregivers; Dr. White, the staff at Edenbrook, and St. Croix Hospice for the exceptional care provided during her time there. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.

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