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Rochester- Barbara Barbie Jane Donaldson, 80, of Rochester, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Monday, May 23, 2011 after a brief illness. She was born May 16, 1931 to Bernard and Lucy (Lovelace) Buckbesch. She lived and worked in Rochester as a longtime bartender. Her joys in life were spending time traveling with her family.

Barbie is survived by her children, Cheri Avila of Rochester, Steve Smith of Garrison, MN, Curt (Sharon) Smith, Elizabeth Sissy (Steve) Blom all of Rochester; 13 grandchildren, Bradley, Danny, Christopher, Jennifer, Kerri, Matthew, Gina, Mitch, Taneya, Deanna, Shannon, Michelle, Stacy and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of life will be held 4:00-8:00pm Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester.



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B Barbie Donaldson on Aug 30, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss.  My love and prayers are with you at this time.

I would loved to have met her.  We have the same name, and were born in the same month.

B Barbara Ann Buckbesch on Jul 10, 2011

I am very sorry for your loss.  I wish I could of met her as I am afraid that I may be the last Buckbesch in America.  I'm 68 yrs. today!  Brn. July 10, 1943 in San Francisco, CA.  I'm now residing in San Diego, CA.  I would love to hear from any family members.  God Bless you.

M Mike and Dawn Nelson on May 25, 2011

Cheri, Steve, Curt and Sissy--

Know our love and hearts are with you at this difficult time.... Ma was one of a kind!! She will be missed by many!!


Mike and Dawn

T Tracy Hale on May 24, 2011

Sheri,Steve,Curtis and Sis,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a great person. She was a second Mom to so many of us, I think half the town!! :)

She had so many friends over the years and will be greatlt missed.



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