May 2, 1952 - November 9, 2020
Carolyn Marie Barnhart, age 68, of Menomonie, Wisconsin moved from her earthly home to her heavenly home on November 9, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving family. Carolyn is now joyfully with Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior. Carolyn battled a rare leukemia (APL) for almost three years. She was born on May 2, 1952 in Viroqua, Wisconsin to Florence (Wilson) and Elvin Fortney. She graduated from Viroqua High School in 1970. She married Larry Barnhart on August 6, 1972 in Viroqua, Wisconsin at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She said it was the best decision she made. They were blessed with four children: Scott Barnhart (Menomonie), Amy Rynes (Menomonie), Eric Barnhart (Menomonie) and Tom Barnhart (Omaha, NE). Carolyn was very proud of her family and all of their accomplishments. She was always taking pictures of their musical performances, cheer/dance performances and sports competitions. Carolyn had a passion for learning and teaching at UW-Stout for 36 years retiring in 2011 and then continuing to teach, by invitation, on-line. She earned her bachelor’s degree at UW-Stout in 1974 in Home Economics Education, her master’s degree in Educational Administration in 1978 at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and her Doctor in Education in 2001 at University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. She believed in leadership through service. This meant as a teenager she was an 18 year member of 4-H including national awards, a national committee member and state President of FHA, she was active in Girl Scouts and the Interdenominational Teens for Christ. Overall, she was recognized as the 1970 Wisconsin Outstanding Teenager by the Outstanding Americans Foundation. When she came to UW-Stout as a freshman she met Larry and they were active in the Optimists and the Menomonie Booster Club. She continued her leadership and service as a state, regional and national student officer in her profession. As her children grew she became active in the United Methodist Church as Sunday School Superintendent, member of the School District of the Menomonie Area Facilities Committee, School District of the Menomonie Area School Board as a member and the Clerk, the United Way as a board member and Chair, Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts as a board member and President, a lector and substitute Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and President of the Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. She also served on the state Finance Committee for Delta Kappa Gamma. Carolyn valued her friendships and causes while serving on several boards. She was a member of the national Phi Upsilon Omicron Foundation Board and Council, the Wisconsin Delta Kappa Gamma Foundation Board, the national Child and Nutrition Board, the Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Council and was currently serving on the boards for the Wisconsin Family, Career and Community Leaders Foundation, the Stout University Foundation Board and the Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Board (WAFCS). She was an active member and leader in her profession of Family and Consumer Sciences. She served on advisory boards and reviewed programs. She was currently serving as Awards and Recognition Chair for WAFCS and she had been President of WAFCS. She served as national President of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and national President of Phi Upsilon Omicron-a national honorary in Family and Consumer Sciences. Carolyn humbly received several honors over the years. She, however, preferred recognizing her family, students and other colleagues. Her greatest honors were to be married to Larry, serving as mother of their four children, and grandmother to seven cherished grandchildren. In addition, she has been recognized by UW-Stout as Teacher of the Year and in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, as Program Director of the Year and Teacher of the Year. She also served as Department Chair of Food and Nutrition at UW-Stout until her retirement. She has received the following distinguished awards: The Twin Cities Food and FCS Professionals honored her with TCHEIB Member of the Year, Phi Upsilon Omicron honored her with the Bachtel Collegiate Advisor Award, WAFCS and AAFCS recognized her with the Leader Award, AAFCS Student Unit recognized her with the Advisor of the Year Award, Girl Scouts awarded her Woman of Distinction in the category of Preparing Women for Responsible Adulthood and Delta Kappa Gamma recognized her with the Lorraine Missling Award. Most recently, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences honored her and three other members with the Distinguished Service Award. She was inducted into the national Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Leadership Hall of Fame in celebration of FCCLA’s 75th Anniversary. She was also selected by Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society with the Florence Fallgatter Distinguished Service Award. She has served as a role model for several. She co-advised the Tau chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron at UW-Stout. She also assisted in the founding and coordination of the Leadership Academy for New Professionals for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. It is an Academy offered around the United States every two years. Her overall goal in life was to help others discover the joy of life in Christ. She wanted to be a blessing to others. Carolyn is survived by her husband for 48 years, Larry, and their children: Scott (Lindsay) Menomonie, Amy Rynes Menomonie, Eric (Danielle) Menomonie, Tom (Chelsea) Omaha, NE. Brothers and sisters in law: Patti Fortney Hoffman Estates, IL, Bob (Dianne) Fortney West Salem, WI, Judy Fortney Dodgeville, WI. Brother and sister-n-law Colleen and Greg Lentz Eau Claire, WI. Seven grandchildren: Caleb and Isaac Rynes, Kyah, Asher, Claire, James and Reece Barnhart and also nieces and nephews and their spouses and children along with dear relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents: Elvin and Florence Fortney, brothers: Thomas, Kendall and Rodney Fortney, In-Laws Dorothy and Byron Barnhart, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends. The family wishes to thank the medical staff for the superb medical attention Carolyn received within the Menomonie, Eau Claire and Rochester Mayo Clinic. High risk Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) is rare and as a Team they used every type of chemo and immune therapy available in the world to slow the progression of the disease. A private funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Sarah Miller and Pastor Heather Wigdahl officiating. The service will be streamed live on Olson Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Menomonie is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carolyn’s memory can be made to a cause of your choice or to any of the following causes that were dear to her: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Stout University Foundation, Inc.-Barnhart Travelship,https://foundation.uwstout.edu/dr.-carolyn-barnhart-student-travelship-fund American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences-Leadership Academy, Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, WI FCCLA Foundation, Inc., Phi Upsilon Omicron Foundation, Delta Kappa Gamma Foundation or the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.
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