McGuire, Barbara (Barb) Sue
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Rio WI-Barbara (Barb) Sue McGuire, 55, died peacefully on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the St. Joseph Hospital, in Marshfield, Wisconsin, following a courageous 15 year battle against breast cancer. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.
Barb was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, the daughter of Roy and Lorrayne Voight, on February 9, 1958. She graduated from Auburndale High School in 1975. Barb attended UW-Eau Claire, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Special Education and Regular Education in 1979 and also attended UW-Stout where she received a Master of Science in School Counseling in 1987. Barb was employed at the Spencer Public Schools from 1979-1998, where she was initially a teacher of special education children and later as an elementary school counselor. From 1998-2002, she was a substitute teacher in the New Lisbon School District and in 2004 was hired by the Rio Community Schools as a special education teacher. She taught at the Rio Elementary School and was employed there at the time of her death.
Barb was a dedicated educator who worked tirelessly to ensure that her students achieved to the best of their ability. She was an advocate not only for her special education students but for all students. During her career, Barb was recognized for her dedication to children. In 1990, she received one of the first Herb Kohl Fellowships and was a Marathon County Special Education Teacher of the Year in 1983 and Spencer Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 1985. Barb was also awarded the Spencer FFA, Honorary FFA Degree, in 1994.
Barb was always involved in her community. She was a member of the New Lisbon Lioness group; during Desert Storm she facilitated groups for families of service persons serving in the Desert Storm Conflict. Barb was a strong supporter of the Special Olympics. She was also an active member of Ty's Trackers Relay for Life Team in Marshfield.
In Barb's spare time, she dearly loved being with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Mark, and children, Lorryn and James of Rio; her mother, Lorrayne Voight of Arpin; brothers, Vince (Peggy) Voight, Auburndale WI, Victor (Tami) Voight, Mosinee, WI, Virgil (Elaine) Voight, Pittsville, WI, Vance Voight, Pittsville, WI; sister, Brenda (Rick) Bell, Hustler, WI; brother-in-law, James (Linda) McGuire, Western Springs, IL; sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Superczynski, Chicago, IL; and Susan (Larry) Gajda, Downers Grove, IL; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Barb was preceded in death by her father, Roy Voight and her sister, Susan Voight.
Visitation will take place at the Smith Funeral Home, Rio, Wisconsin on Friday, October 11, 2013 beginning at 4:00. A prayer service, led by Fr. Raymond Dischler, will be held at 8:00 PM. On Saturday, October 12, 2013, visitation will be held at the Wisconsin Rapids Moravian Church, 310 First Ave, Wisconsin Rapid, WI, beginning at 9:00 AM with funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM with Pastors Christine Stack and Olaf Anderson officiating .
A special thank you goes to the health care staff on the 8th floor North of St Joseph's Hospital for the kind and compassionate care of Barb during her final days.
Smith Funeral Home
401 Angel Way
Rio, WI 53960
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Oct. 9, 2013