Barb graduated high school in Mauston, Wisconsin, and married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 17, 1971. She had a career as a legal secretary that spanned over 55 years in Milwaukee, Owosso, MI, and Newark.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Richard “Dick” Atherton; daughter, Sara (Kris Mumford) Atherton of Nashville, TN; two brothers, Jon (Cindy) Griebel of Tucson, AZ and Roger (Rina Goodluck) Griebel of Longview, WA; sister, Jane Porter of Wilmington, NC; and step- sister, Lucy (Gene) Dahm of Tucson, AZ.
In addition to her much beloved extended family, she leaves behind many highly valued friends, associates, and three very spoiled cats. Barbara was previously a member of the Humane Society Board in Shiawassee County, MI. She also managed the couples Euchre program for the Newcomers Club in Newark for many years.
In addition to her parents, Jack and Alice Griebel, she was preceded in death by step mother, Ruth Griebel; and brother, Charles “Tom” (Paula) Griebel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, OH 43055 and/or Licking County Humane Society, 825 Thornwood Dr. SW, Heath, OH 43056.
Visitation will be Thursday from 3-7 PM at the Brucker- Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark.
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