Barbara Gentry

Barbara Ann Gentry (Bloom)

Thursday, March 29th, 1951 - Saturday, February 6th, 2021
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Barbara Ann Bloom Gentry, 69 years old of Kenosha, WI passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Ascension All Saints Hospital, Racine, WI surrounded by her family.

She was born March 29, 1951, in Kenosha, WI the daughter of the late Ralph and Rose (DiCello) Bloom and remained a lifelong resident. She was a 1969 graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School. On June 16, 1973, she married Norman Gentry in Kenosha, WI.

Barb owned and operated Silk and Satin Floral Shop in Kenosha, WI in several locations over the past 40 years. She was a passionate and talented silk florist, creating pieces for various events including, Kenosha area graduations, and proms. She also crafted floral arrangements for other public events held in Kenosha.

Barb was a selfless woman; she was always helping others. In her younger years, she enjoyed dancing, roller skating and ice skating; she shared her interests and introduced her granddaughter to dance as well. For many years, Barb was a scout leader, and would help with any productions the pack would put on.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Norm; her children, Juliette (Jeremy) Kelsey and Jim Gentry, both of Kenosha, WI; and a granddaughter, Morgan.

In addition to her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her brother, Gregory Bloom.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021, at Proko Funeral Home. Prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021, from Proko Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 4816 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI. Entombment will be private in Sunset Ridge Memorial Park, Kenosha, WI.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 12th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, February 12th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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  • Funeral Mass

    St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
    4816-7th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53140
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    Masks are required, and please adhere to social distancing practices.
    Fr. Sean Granger
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 13th, 2021 |
    Saturday, February 13th, 2021
    Sunset Ridge Memorial Park
    4300 Green Bay Road
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, interment will be private.


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Robert (Bob) Williams

Posted at 03:29pm
Norm, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. I realize what you are going through, Martha passed away back in 2019, so I understand your lost. May GOD continue to comfort you. Be BLESSED!! Robert (Bob) Williams of the 440th.

Frank Mazzei

Posted at 10:51pm
My prayers and condolences to family and friends, she was a lovely lady, always smiling, heart of gold.

Posted at 08:00pm
My fondest memories of Barb was at each and every KUSD graduation!. She took so much pride in making sure the graduation stages looked beautiful. Barb was just as beautiful and had such a sweet soul. We would have many smiles and laughs after each graduation. She always shared how proud she was of her family and granddaughter. We would just sit and talk. .My deepest sympathy for the family. I know she is in Heaven surrounded not only by angels but all of the beautiful flowers she could ever imagine. Sincerely,
Sue Savaglio-Jarvis

Kate Dischler-Noreen

Posted at 02:17pm
Barb did the flowers for my wedding which was on August 8, 1988 at Carthage College Siebert Chapel. The displays were beautiful. Barb also helped me with my veil. Skilled at her work, Barb did an outstanding job on my flowers for which I was and am eternally grateful. She was a very dear woman who took interest in her clients. May she rest in peace. Kate Dischler-Noreen

Paulette Garin

Posted at 10:21am
To all of my piano and voice students, Barbara is the florist who created the beautiful corsages and boutonnières they received each year at the recital. She was an integral part of my business for over 30 years.

I have several of her floral creations that I will treasure forever.
Former students occasionally message me pictures of flowers from years past. I know of one student who has displayed 10 years of corsages in a shadow box.

Barbara helped my students mark milestones. I know how much she loved children and she put her whole heart into every single flower she wired.

I am heartbroken.

Please pray for Barbara’s family at this time.💜 🌺

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