Rona Barkau

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Rona J. Barkau, nee Holcomb, 70, of Freeburg, IL, born July 11, 1950, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, June 6, 2021, at her residence.

Mrs. Barkau was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Eileen K., nee Rehbein, Holcomb; and two brothers, Gary Holcomb, and Lane Holcomb.

Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Richard Barkau, whom she married on July 11, 1980;

three sons, Shawn E. (Jeevna) Wagner, Justin L. Wagner (fiancé, Melanie), and Jared B. Wagner;
eight grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Joni (John) Boman.

The family would like to thank BJC Hospice for their wonderful help through a very difficult time, but especially to our beautiful, caring nurse, Kaylee.

Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

A memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.


12 Comments on Rona Barkau

Jim & Linda Brown said : Guest Report Nov 22, 2021 at 10:59 AM

Rich, Linda and I are so sorry to here about Rona she was a great person and will be greatly missed, I was trying to get a hold of you and found out while looking, would be great to here from you. Jim and Linda Brown

  • Fallbrook
  • Ca.
Carol Brauer said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2021 at 4:15 PM

My deepest sympathy to you Rich and family. I enjoyed working with her years ago. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers ?

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jane & Don Gauch said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2021 at 1:36 PM

So very sorry for you & your family's loss. She was a wonderful person!

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Joyce Lacefield Diss said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2021 at 7:28 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. May she rest in Peace Richard and family. I am sure she is watching over you all.

  • Crystal River
  • Florida
Stacey Wilson said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2021 at 9:10 PM

Rich, Mom and I are thinking of you and sending hugs of comfort. You loved Rona incredibly well and I always admired y'alls wonderful relationship. I know you are going to miss her every second but I am praying she visits you in spirit often to remind you she is always with you. Much love to you and family, Stacey and Pat Wilson

  • Richmond
  • TX
Karen James said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2021 at 11:51 PM

Rich, Shawn, Justin, Jared, and Joni: I found this out Wed. and didn't have any numbers to call. Not on social media now, but tried to get info from Mary. Haven't heard from her. I know you all are devastated and so am I. My heart and my thoughts are with you now and have been for a long time because I know she was sick. I hope to find out when Memorial service is so I can attend. I will call in sick if I am working that day. My Love and Condolences Karen

  • belleville
  • Illinois
Bob & Evelyn Gauch said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2021 at 11:30 PM

Our prayers are with you and your family in your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tom and Laura Stookey said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2021 at 7:52 PM

Rich Our sympathy to you and your family.

  • Stone Church
  • Il
Luke and Pat Schutzenhofer said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2021 at 1:35 PM

Rich so sorry for you loss sending prayers for you and your family.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Tom and Laura Gauch said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2021 at 9:56 AM

Rich and family, So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers your way. ?

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Shaylynn said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2021 at 6:31 PM

I love you grandma ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Lake Jackson
  • TX
Butch and Gerri McGuire said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2021 at 4:28 PM

You have our deepest sympathy. We are sending thoughts and prayers.

  • Smithton
  • Il

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