LAKELAND - Mrs. Barbara C. Custer, 83, passed away of heart failure on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Florida. She was born on June 25, 1929 in Bartow, FL to Sidney and Gertrude (Sprinkle) Conrad.
Barbara was a lifelong resident of Lakeland, FL. She attended John Cox Elementary and graduated from Lakeland Senior High School. Mrs. Custer was a homemaker and a retired bookkeeper. In her younger years, she enjoyed playing golf, volunteering at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, reading and playing bridge.
Barbara married Richard Custer in 1953 in Lakeland, FL. They were happily married for 51 years. A member of Resurrection Catholic Church, she was involved in several ministries including serving as a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion and minister to the sick.
She was preceded in death by husband Richard and sister, Bonnie Jean. She is survived by sons John Custer, Lakeland, FL and Gary Custer, Palmyra, New York; daughter, Nancy Wenzel, Tallahassee, FL and grandson David.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM Monday, May 20th at Resurrection Catholic Church, 3720 Old Highway 37, Lakeland, FL. Services will follow at 11 AM at the church. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823 or the Salvation Army, 2620 Kathleen Road, Lakeland, FL 33810.


Published in Ledger from May 18 to May 19, 2013