She was born September 9, 1922 to James and Eva (DuMez) Sample in Spring Valley, MN, the youngest of six children. Barb attended schools in Spring Valley, graduating in the class of 1941 as a valedictorian. She attended Luther College in Decorah, IA and played drums in the Luther College Concert Band. Barb also attended and graduated from Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, MN. She was then employed as a laboratory technician at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital in Sheboygan, WI. When her future husband, Elroy Schuler, returned from WWII to his former employment in Sheboygan, they met and were married on October 6, 1945. Elroy, having been a mess sergeant in the service, wanted to go into the food business. Their first was Valley Café in Spring Valley, MN. The next was Schuler’s Bar in Elkhart Lake, WI and the last was Airport Inn in Waupaca, WI which they owned and operated for 24 years. In 1978, after selling the Airport Inn, being of retirement age, Elroy managed their new home and lawn and provided delicious meals while Barbara returned to the medical field and became an Accredited Record Technician at Riverside Hospital in Waupaca for twelve years. Barbara and Elroy loved to travel and did so at all opportune times. Following Elroy’s death in 1997, Barbara began volunteering at Riverside Medical Center, Wisconsin Veterans Home, Waupaca Library, Waupaca Area Genealogical Society, and the Waupaca Historical Society of which she was a member of the Board of Directors. At this time, she also attended water aerobics five days a week. During the next ten years she went on 22 Elderhostel trips which were very educational. Her final years were spent at Park Vista Retirement Home in Waupaca.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Sara (Tom) Daggett; two grandsons, Eric (Jennifer) Daggett and Patrick Daggett; and four great-grandchildren, Khloe Norkett, Alayna Daggett, Reid Daggett, and Sydney Daggett. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Eva Sample; her husband, Elroy Schuler; an infant daughter; four brothers, Darrell, Roy, Ivan, and Ralph; and one sister, Virginia Knudtson.
A Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca, WI. Pastor Bryan Robertson will officiate. A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Central WI Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society or the Waupaca Historical Society. The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.