Barbara A. Zillmer, 59, of Eau Claire passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023, at Care Partners Assisted Living in Eau Claire.

Barbara was born on November 18, 1963, to Raymond and Sandra (Richards) Rye in Aurora, Illinois. The family moved to Eau Claire in 1976; then in 1977 to Fall Creek, where she attended High School and graduated in 1981. She was married to Rob Zillmer for fifteen years. Barb loved horses, mud bog racing and playing card games with friends and family.

Barbara is survived by her mother, Sandra Rye; 3 brothers, Raymond C. Rye, Jeffery Rye, and Steven Rye all in the Eau Claire area.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Raymond L. Rye and her niece, Danielle Rye of Florida.

A memorial service will be Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Friends and family may leave online condolences below.


  1. Hi Sandra,
    I am so sorry that I will be unable to come to Eau Claire to celebrate Barbara’s life. I am heading on a trip to Iceland on Saturday. I’ll stand on a mountain and sing out her name to God.
    Spring is just around the corner, what a glorious season for a celebration. Barbara will be in heaven to celebrate with the angles and other loved ones the splendid Easter Sunday miracle. Her life is now complete and full.
    Love you, Sandra
    Susie Sharkey

  2. Sending my deepest sympathy to Rob Zillmer and her entire family. Barb was a dear friend from back in the early 1980s. We had many good times back in the day. We also enjoyed working together at Big Bear when she was a seasonal employee in the greenhouse. She was a beautiful soul. Fly with the angels dear friend. I find comfort you are completely healed in the kingdom of heaven. I love you ! Thank you for the memories.

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