THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Barbara J. Gillis
Issue Date: June 17, 2020
Barbara J. (BJ) Gillis passed away the morning of Sunday, June 14, 2020, at the home of her son in the cabin that her parents built for their retirement. She died from complications of Parkinsons, diabetes and dementia.
Born May 22, 1941 in Green Bay, to the late Nora and Rupert Gillis, she graduated from West High School in 1959. She worked at many interesting jobs in her life, including a bartender. She worked at Proctor and Gamble and was proud to have completed The Fire Brigade Training, was certified in Ace and Arc Welding, was a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist, Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide and a Certified Medical Assistant where she excelled in courses in Pathology and Pharmacology and also worked with animals at a Veterinary Clinic.
A passion for any and everything pink, she was known as Grandma Pink to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her pink passion carried over to her love of her pink Cadillac and T-Pink Corvette and was a member of The Corvettes of the Bay Club.
As her own person, she did things her way, owned a 650cc motorcycle and talked her mother into going for a ride on it and mastered driving a semi. She enjoyed life and there wasn't much she couldn't do. She had a special love for animals that included a pet alligator, cockatoo, pet cats and a miniature poodle.
She is survived by a son, Kevin E. (Lorri) Schmude; a daughter, Kara Leah A. Steeno; a sister, Patricia Downham; brother-in-law, Roy E. Downham and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and friends.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her favorite aunt, Silverine; uncle, Gordon Huempfner and special friend, Val.
Visitation will be held at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay on Friday, June 19 from 2 p.m.until time of a Memorial Service at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos can be shared with her family on her tribute page at www.lyndahl.com