Barbara Lawsha Obituary – Sheboygan Press Media

Barbara Lawsha

Santa Cruz, CA – Barbara Jean (Freis) Lawsha passed away at home on June 6, 2022 with her husband Prince by her side. She was born on August 5, 1944, to Waldemar “Wally” and Helen (Welch) Freis in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was the second eldest of eight children and grew up on the family farm near Cleveland, WI.

On August 21, 1977, Barbara married Prince Lawsha. They owned and operated a boutique, “Scentsations” in Santa Cruz, where she was able to share her love for gardening and photography.

Barbara has traveled the world, working for over four decades as a flight attendant for American Airlines. She has lived in Chicago, Boston, many places in California and settled in Santa Cruz – where she and Prince built their dream cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She enjoyed an African safari, trips to Mexico, especially the Yucatán Peninsula, exploring Machu Picchu, as well as trips to Europe and Asia.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Prince; siblings Mary Ann Schnur, Kathryn Gahl, Bill Freis (Judy Wolf), Jon Freis, Lisa Vanden Avond, and Tom (Janis) Freis, all of Wisconsin. She is survived by Prince’s siblings, Willette Lawsha, Wade Lawsha, Gloria (Charles) Lawsha Smith and Stevie Lawsha of Texas and California. She also leaves to mourn many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Wally and Helen; Prince’s parents, William and Dorothy; sister Lori Freis; brothers-in-law Bert Zylstra, David Schnur and Keith Vanden Avond; great-nephew Leonidas; and other members of his extended family.

Prince and family would like to express their gratitude to Kathryn Baird and Mara Charron, Registered Nurses at Hospice Santa Cruz, for their care and compassion.

Posted on June 09, 2022

Published in The Sheboygan Press, Herald Times Reporter

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