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Barbara Jean Lopata, 80, of Abrams, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 4, 2022, at her home. The daughter of William and Veronica (Wesolowski) Johnson was born January 2, 1942, in Green Bay.

Barbara was a 1960 graduate of Pulaski High School. On June 3, 1978, she married Donald Lopata at Ss. Edward & Isidore Church. She worked as a bookkeeper at Paper Converting for 15 years. Once the oldest daughter, Ann, was born, she became a devoted homemaker and helped Don on the family farm.

Barbara was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Sobieski, the Society of Mary Immaculate, the Pulaski Legion Auxiliary, and the PLAV Auxiliary. In her younger years she enjoyed gardening, crafting, doing puzzles, and traveling the U.S. She was an avid bowler and occasionally drove stock car. She loved identifying and watching birds.

Survivors include her two daughters: Ann Lopata and Alison Lopata; two sisters: Carolyn (Lee) DuChateau and Patricia Wilinski; a sister-in-law, Amelda Johnson; her brother-in-law, Merle VandenLangenberg; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; parents, William and Veronica; brother, Richard Johnson; an infant sister, Marilyn; sister, Janet VandenLangenberg; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Stanley (Lottie) Lopata; brothers-in-law: Eugene Wilinski, Alfred Lopata;, and nieces and nephews: Michael Wilinski, Julie and Christine VandenLangenberg; and Sarah and Jake Slye.

Friends are invited to gather with the family at St. Maximilian Church, 6051 Noble St., Sobieski, on Wednesday, November 9, from 9-11 a.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Fr. Francis Nusi presiding. Burial will follow in St. John Cantius Cemetery, Sobieski.

The girls would like to extend a special thank you to Barbara’s adopted daughter and grandkids, Angie, Abby, and Jacob, and the doctors and nurses at Fox River Davita.