Barbara Tollefson

Barbara R. Tollefson, 63, of Motley, passed away May 17, 2019, surrounded by her family and friends, after a long battle with cancer.

Services will be held Friday, May 24 at noon at the Lincoln Evangelical Free Church, with visitation from 10:00 a.m.until the time of services.

Barbara was born September 27, 1955, the daughter of Ismael and Ethel (Taylor) Alvarez in Chicago, IL. She married Bryan Tollefson on July 3, 2010. She spent her life devoted to caring for others and found much joy working for more than 25 years as a nurse at Lakewood Health System, Staples. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and never turned down a chance to kick up her heels on the dance floor. Barbara was a devoted Christian.

Survisors include; her husband; three children, William Brabec, Rachel Carmona and Bobby Brabec; her children’s father, Larry Brabec; one brother, John Alvarez; two sisters, Maggie Dehn and Linda Turner and one grandson, Arlo Brabec.

She was preceded in  death by her parents and one sister, Julie.

Arrangements are with the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel

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