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Barbara Ann (Paulson) Abhold

July 28, 1930 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Barbara Abhold Obituary

Barbara Abhold, age 93, passed away in her sleep on December 30, 2023.  She was born on July 28, 1930, the daughter of Alf and Fern Paulson. She married Ervin Abhold who preceded her in death in December of 1986 after 39 and ½ years of marriage. She was a member of Holy Cross Church in Kaukauna. Besides being employed at Kaukauna Klub for 18 seasons, she had various part-time and temporary jobs.

Survivors are her 9 children: daughters and sons-in-law--Penny (Sid) Wenzel; Connie (Jim) Verkuilen; Trudy (Dennis) Dolan; Debbie (Scott) Barkholtz; Cheryl (Dave) Weyers; Bekki (Al) Effa; Nancy Van Dyn Hoven. Sons and daughter-in-law—Donald Abhold (Vikki Tartaglia); and Joseph Abhold. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Roene Paulson. She is survived by 20 grandchildren: Jennifer Wenzel (Mark), Zachary (Jenny) Wenzel; Adam (Nicole) Verkuilen; Tiffany Verkuilen; Jill Wasserman; Kerry (John) Wolcott; Kalen (Tom) Dowling; Scott Jr (Alison) Barkholtz; Steve (Sarah) Weyers; Kelly (Tony) Montonati; April (Luke) Butler; Chris Effa (Rowan); Tammy Effa; Jay Effa (Sarah); David (Jessica) Van Dyn Hoven; Renee Abhold; Kyrsten Abhold (Cody); Reese Abhold; Jordan Abhold; Noah (Lexi) Abhold. She is survived by 22 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, and the children and grandchildren of her fiancé Robert Johnson.

Preceding her in death were her parents Alf and Fern, husband Ervin Abhold; brothers Verley, Archie, and Donald Paulson; granddaughter Shanna Van Dyn Hoven; great-grandson Wiley Verkuilen, and her fiancé and life-partner Robert Johnson.

Our mom was loved by so many because of her sweet personality. Many were the tears she wiped, many bandages she applied; she was at her best with a baby on her lap and a toddler at her side! She was a kind woman; even in our teenage years when we gave her grief; she still loved us. We will remember her cookie and brownie recipes. After her children were grown and her husband retired, they had the opportunity to fish, travel and enjoy life for only a couple of years before he passed away. Mom enjoyed traveling far and wide with her friends, the ‘light-house collecting’ group. A few years later she renewed her friendship with a neighbor who lived down the road when she was a child, Robert Johnson. She and Bob shared their lives for over 20 years, wintering in Florida and enjoying each other’s families and friends. She loved playing Dominoes, and volunteered at Meals on Wheels in Florida. She lived a long full life and was well-loved.

The memorial service for Barb will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 309 Desnoyer St., Kaukauna.  A time of visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the mass at church.  For online condolences please visit  In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America), and the Shanna Van Dyn Hoven Memorial Fund.

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January 11, 2024

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Holy Cross Catholic Church (Desnoyer St, Kaukauna)

Funeral Mass
January 11, 2024

11:30 AM
Holy Cross Catholic Church
309 Desnoyer Street
Kaukauna, WI 54130


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