Margaret Bernice Barr

Margaret Bernice Barr, age 70 of Arkdale, WI died peacefully on January 11th, 2022, at Aspirus Riverview Hospital surrounded by her family.

Margaret was born on August 23rd, 1951, in Portage, WI to Fred and Carol Dostal. She graduated from Adams Friendship High School in 1969.

In 1973, Margaret married Vernon Challoner. Together they had their only child Clayton in 1975. She felt blessed to stay home to raise Clayton and other children. Margaret and Vernon remained married until 1981. Afterwards, Margaret worked at Villa Pines Living Center in Adams, WI and Farnam in Necedah, WI. She went on to work for WestRock in Adams, WI for 22 years before retiring in 2014. Towards the end of her career at WestRock, Margaret met Daniel Barr. They were married on September 30th, 2014. Margaret and Dan enjoyed many activities together including riding their ATVs, snowmobiling, walking with their dogs Bear and Bella, gardening, and dancing.

Margaret had a zest for life, and together, she and Dan explored all the fun life can offer after retirement, including a cross-country trip in their camper. Most of all, Margaret enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her beloved grandchildren, who affectionately called her Grammy.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Fred, and Carol Dostal.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel Barr; son, Clayton (Melissa) Challoner; brother, Carl (Jane) Dostal; brother, James Dostal; brother, John Dostal; sister, Jean Leib; son-in-law, Anthony (Gina) Barr; daughter-in-law, Tonia (Kyle Stark) Lin; grandchildren, Wesley Lin, Logan Barr, Riley Barr, Max Stark, and Evan Challoner, and beloved pets Bear, Bella, Cinder, Gabby, and Catcat.

We would like to thank the staff at Aspirus Riverview Hospital for the care and compassion they showed Margaret and our family.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, January 18th, 2022, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home and in Friendship, WI. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to the time of the service. Immediately after services, interment will be at the Monroe Center Cemetery off Bighorn Drive in Monroe Center, WI.

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  1. Bonnie & Leo Lynch says:

    Marge was such a great, caring person. She always had a smile for everyone and loved to laugh. I have great memories of working with Marge at Westrock. I ran into her several times after she retired; the last time she shared that she was so happy to be a grandma. So sorry for this terrible loss for your families. Rest in peace Marge.

  2. Mark&Peggy Bond says:

    Sorry to hear of Margie’s passing. We had some good times in high school and good chats when we would see each other out and about. She will be missed!

  3. Janet Costigan says:

    My deepest Sympathy got out to Dan, his family and Clayton. I worked with Marge at Bay Rest for many years. We took lots of walks , dressed up like men for Halloween and just did a lot of fun things. I will miss her dearly!! I have those great memories to fall back on. Love you Marge!! 😢😢

  4. Janet Costigan says:

    My deepest Sympathy got out to Dan, his family and Clayton. I worked with Marge at Bay Rest for many years. I have a lot of wonderful memories, we took lots of walks dressed up like men for Halloween and just did a lot of fun things. I will miss her dearly!! I have those great memories to fall back on. Love you Marge!! 😢😢

  5. June Hesler says:

    You have my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Marj and I go back a very long way. I will miss her so much.

  6. Peggy (Joyce) Connell says:

    So very sorry for your loss, Margie was such a kind and loving classmate. I remember her smile and giving spirit. It saddened me when I heard about her passing, as we lost another member of the great class of ’69’. May all the wonderful memories give you and your family comfort in the days ahead.

  7. Charlie. Grubba says:

    So🥲sorry for your loss… she will be missed… was a OLD classmate. Class of 69.

  8. Jodi M Helgeson says:

    So sorry to hear this. I had just seen her in early December after not meeting for almost 20 years. It was great to catch up with her. My sympathy to the family.

  9. Deborah Hiller Antoniak says:

    A wonderful old friend classmate from years ago remembering her as a fun kind person.. My condolences to the family

  10. Nancy Sorensen says:

    So sorry for the loss of Marjie. She was one of a kind, always a smile on her face. She will be missed!

  11. Penny M Sellhausen says:

    So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed working with her at Westrock. Rip Marge.

  12. Kathy Powell says:

    So sorry Dan, Clayton & family. I will miss our visits & fun times together. Still don’t believe this has happened. Hugs to all & RIP Marge💔

  13. Linda & Greg Sorenson says:

    Margie always had a smile for everyone. Another classmate gone too soon. RIP

  14. Lavonne Scott says:

    Sorry to hear of Marj:k’s passing
    Just a few weeks ago we met & had a nice visit. She was always so upbeat and happy.

  15. Cathleen Renner says:

    So sorry to hear about Marge. We had a lot of good times with her and Clayton. She will be missed!
    Cathy and Randy Renner

  16. Kurt & Katie Wagner says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Marge’s family. Happy Memories of working with Marge at CRC will not be forgotten!

  17. Dawn Hanson says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife.

  18. Kathie and Jerry Dye says:

    So very sorry to hear of Margie’s passing. She was such a sweet person and a dear classmate. We always enjoyed our visits as we ran into each other while shopping.

  19. SUSAN KRAMER says:

    Sorry for your loss. Margie was always a funny,happy person.

  20. Judy Alderman says:

    So very sorry for your family’s loss, Margie was a classmate and a very good friend 🙏

  21. Evelyn & Larry Johnston ( York) says:

    To Margs’ Families, I am so sorry and shocked, to read the passing of Marg. She & I had alot of fun together. Marg, was full of life and laughter. I’m sending my deepest condolences to all of Margs’ Families. Marg will be missed. Hugs to all. RIP♡

  22. Cathy Rathermel says:

    To the family of Marge, so sorry for your loss. Marge was a very nice person. She will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers are with her. God Bless

  23. Larry and Becky Oleson says:

    Our sincere sympathy to you Dan and all of the family. Marge was such a positive person. She will be missed.

  24. Mike & Paula Fenner says:

    Clay and family we are so sorry for your loss of you Mom!!!

  25. She & Louie Patnaude says:


    Our hearts go out to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace

    She & Louie

  26. Jeff geissler says:

    Sorry for your loss

  27. Linda Massen - AFFC says:

    Dan so sorry for your loss. Margaret was a great person, loved to have our chats when she came into the office. She will be truly missed. Prayers and thoughts are with you. RIP my friend.