Barbara R. Rank, of Florence, Wisconsin

Oct. 19, 1924 — Aug. 8, 2021

Barbara R. Rank, 96, of Florence, Wisconsin, passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, at Florence Health Services, Florence, Wisconsin.

She was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Dowagiac, daughter of the late Raymond and Margaret (Wolf) Wilson. Barb lived for more than 80 years in Dowagiac before moving to Kingsford in 2005 to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. She was a devoted mother, and her family was especially dear to her. She married Charles Rank Jr. in downstate Michigan in 1948. He preceded her in death in 1984. Barb was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Kingsford, and looked forward to receiving her weekly devotions from the church. She was active over the years and attended bible studies in her apartment building throughout the years.

Barb is survived by her daughter, Mary (Curt) Meissner, Florence, Wisconsin; two sisters, Carol Taylor,of  Niles, and Ruthie Pfau, of North Carolina; two grandchildren, Amy (Ron) Conery, of Channing, Michigan, and Andrea (Jake Smith) Smiltneek, of Aurora, Wisconsin; three great-grandchildren, Katie Smiltneek, of Channing, Michigan, Ryan (Jordan Applecamp) Smiltneek, of Sagola, Michigan, and Max Smith, of Tennessee; two great-great-grandchildren, Jackson Harger and Rylee Smiltneek; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Charles, Barb was preceded in death by one son, Timothy Rank; two brothers, Don Wilson, and Jim Wilson; two sisters, Joyce Krenn and Beverly Wilson.

Private family services will be held on the family farm in Homestead, Wisconsin.

You may leave condolence or tribute for Barbara’s Family online at jacobsfuneralhomes.com.

The Family has chosen Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Iron Mountain, Michigan, to honor Barbara’s legacy of life.

Business

Cassopolis hosts Cass County Leadership Summit

Business

Owners of vintage farm tractors invited to Under the Harvest Moon

Business

Edwardsburg welcomes new construction business

Cassopolis

Cassopolis organization to host walk honoring National Suicide Prevention Month

Business

PHOTO STORY: A-Mazing Acres opens for season

Buchanan

Niles teen builds Eagle Scout project on McCoy Creek Trail

Business

New short-term rental property group to offer guests ‘curated’ Dowagiac experience

Cass County

Two women injured in La Grange Township crash

News

Niles hosts town hall between community, law enforcement

Berrien County

Berrien County Commissioners respond to mask mandate

Berrien County

Local talent development leader honored by Michigan Works! Association

Dowagiac

SMC attracts more than $4 million in grants

Business

Downtown Niles to welcome new dance studio

Berrien County

MEC accepting applications for Strengthening Schools Grant program

Dowagiac

Dowagiac City Council, Cass County Transit Authority renew Transit Operating Agreement

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 976,505 cases, 20,535 deaths

Breaking News

Dowagiac police arrest suspect in Monday hit and run crash

News

Niles City Council approves social district permits

Business

Niles muralist brightening downtown

Buchanan

Buchanan commissioners decline to pay annual dues to Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce

Berrien County

Man arrested after standoff in Niles

Cass County

Police investigating Porter Township crash

Berrien County

Former Niles marijuana business partner pleads guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct

Cass County

Dowagiac police investigate hit-and-run crash