Barbara A (Pernsteiner) Acker

February 25, 1956 ~ March 19, 2022 (age 66)


Barbara Acker, 66, of Rib Lake, passed peacefully at her home with family present on Saturday, March 19, 2022, after a brave battle with ALS.

A celebration of life for Barb will take place at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home, Medford, with Pastor David Clements officiating. Burial will take place at Medford Evergreen 2. Visitation will take place at the funeral home from 9:30 Am until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

Barb was born February 25, 1956 in Marshfield, WI to Gregory and Anola Pernsteiner. She was  the oldest of eleven children and was a responsible and loving daughter and sister. She graduated from Medford Senior High in 1974 and later graduated from UW River Falls with a degree in Elementary Education. She married Edward Acker on July 2, 1978. 

Barb taught at Holy Rosary Catholic School in Medford for several years before staying home with her children. She homeschooled each of her nine children. 

Her quiet but strong faith was lived out daily; it will be a legacy that continues on in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Her patience, selflessness, compassion, and care were evident each day, along with her positive attitude and radiant smile. She lived sacrificially, always sensitive to the needs of others, putting the needs of her husband, children, grandchildren and those in need ahead of her own. She was an encouragement and inspiration to her family and an example of the love of Jesus to many. 

Barb enjoyed history. In 2018, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling to Europe, soaking up the history, including her genealogical history. 

Barb had a love of learning and was always teaching her children and grandchildren. She was industrious and hardworking. She managed a large garden and yard, teaching her children many skills. She was always busy canning, crafting, caring for her flowers and sewing for her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with her husband. 

She loved all children and valued life. She was actively involved in Wisconsin Right to Life for many years. She loved reading and would give her grandchildren Golden Books for their Birthdays. Her grandchildren were the highlight of her life. She loved to read to them and hear them sing. Her face would brighten whenever she saw them. 

Even through her battle with ALS, her faith in Jesus was strong. She trusted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was certain of her eternity. She will be deeply missed by all of the lives she touched, but there is comfort in the fact that she is home in heaven with Jesus.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Anola Pernsteiner. 

She will be dearly missed by all, especially her father, Gregory Pernsteiner; her loving husband of 43 years, Edward; her nine children, Christopher (Sarah), Angela (Chris) Aldrich, Benjamin, Daniel, Rebecca (Chris) Moberg, Jesse (Andrea), Emily, Bethany, and Samuel; her seventeen grandchildren, Andrea Grace (Anthony), Paxton, Chloe, Tatianna, Hudson, Ariadne, Mandisa, Hope, Adela, Truett, Caleb, Tidus, Harrison, Lucy, Alina, Crew, and Estrella; her ten siblings, Karen (Dan) Arrenholz, Steve (Jennifer), Mark (Gail), Chris (Jon) Olson, Kurt (Kathy), Karla (Lonnie) Willaby, Scott (Sharon), Terry, Mike (Aimee), and Todd; in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.

Because of her strong value for life, in lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Abiding Care in Medford or Wisconsin Right to Life (Taylor County).

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at

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March 23, 2022

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services
555 W. Cedar St.
Medford, WI 54451

Funeral Service
March 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services
555 W. Cedar St.
Medford, WI 54451

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