Barbara Ann Prescher, age 59 of Redwood Falls, formerly of Plymouth, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:47 a.m. at her home surrounded by her family. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 County Road 6 in Long Lake. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Redwood Falls Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Barbara “Barb” Ann (Nass) Prescher was born April 13, 1957 to Francis and Beverly Nass. She grew up in Le Sueur, Minnesota. Barb was the oldest of seven children. She enjoyed farm life and grew up in a close and loving family. Barb attended St. Anne’s Catholic School through the sixth grade and then went to Le Sueur High School. She graduated valedictorian of her class in 1975. Barb continued her education at Mankato State University seeking a degree in accounting and graduated in 1978 with Summa Cum Laude honors. It was while attending Mankato State that she met Greg Prescher who was also working toward an accounting degree. They started going out in 1976 and were married May 11, 1979. Upon graduation Barb and Greg moved to the Twin Cities and began their accounting careers. Barb spent her first seven years working for Peat Marwick and Mitchell. She then spent nine years at General Mills and three years at Brady and Company before starting her own company, Virtual CFO, in 1998. She continued to run Virtual CFO until April 2016. Many of her clients were with her the entire time and became good friends as well. In 1992 they moved to Plymouth where they spent the next 24 years. While in Plymouth they joined Trinity Lutheran Church of Long Lake. Barb went on numerous women’s retreats, attended Bible studies, and also sang in the choir. She cherishes all the friendships she has with the people of Trinity.
Barb loved being at home. She enjoyed cooking, doing arts and crafts, going for walks, and reading. She started quilting in 1992 and through the years made numerous bed quilts, throws, totes, and decorative items. Her last quilt was to be a queen size covering for their bed. While Barb was in Hospice two wonderful women of Redwood Falls took on the task of finishing the quilt and she was able to see and use her final quilt. Barb loved animals. She enjoyed watching the birds coming to the feeders she put out and bathing in the bird bath. She especially liked hummingbirds. Over the years Barb and Greg had three pets. First a Tibetan Terrier, Katie, then a Beagle, Velvet, and their last pet, a cat, CoCo, who will continue to keep Greg company. Barb also loved to travel. They went on many trips, sometimes just the two of them but also trips with her mom and dad, brothers and sisters, and Greg’s family as well. They enjoyed visiting and hiking in many national parks. Motorcycling was another pastime of theirs. For the first years she was always a passenger but that started to get old for her so in 2015 Barb got her own motorcycle license. Barb loved the rides they went on with her sisters, Mary Jo and Laurie, and their spouses, Mike and Craig; the most memorable trip being the ride around Lake Superior in July of 2015. Barb was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2009. She became her own advocate in fighting the cancer, researching, and seeking out the best possible treatments. She maintained a positive attitude and enjoyed life to its fullest during her seven and a half year battle with the disease. In July 2016 Barb and Greg fulfilled a dream of theirs, returning to their rural roots when they retired to Redwood Falls, where Greg’s twin sister, Gale, and her family live.
Barb is survived by her husband Greg of 38 years; parents Francis and Bev Nass of Le Sueur; siblings: Mike (Pam) Nass of Eagan, Mary Jo (Mike) O’Malley of Belle Plaine, Peter (Kathy) Nass of Faribault, Susan (Tom) Caruso of Rocky Hill, CT, Kathy Fournier of Crystal, and Laurie (Craig) Kleschult of St. Michael; brothers-in-law Richard (Elizabeth) Prescher of Morristown and Douglas (Bonnie White) Prescher of Waseca; sister-in-law Gale (Thomas) Morley of Redwood Falls; and 34 nieces and nephews.