Barbara (Knope) Pierce, 78, Vancouver, Wash., a Stevens Point native, died Tuesday, May 23, 2013.
Interment will take place in St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Stevens Point at a later date.
Mrs. Pierce was born Jan. 17, 1935, in Stevens Point, a daughter of the late Joseph E. and Helen (Johnstone) Knope. She attended St. Stephen Grade School and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1953.
She graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, Minn., in 1957.
After employment as a registered nurse, she began raising dogs and spent more than 35 years breeding and showing dogs, especially Norwich terriers. Operating as Castlebar Kennel, she acquired more than 100 champions and was recognized nationally for her commitment to the Norwich terrier breed.
Survivors include one cousin, Katherine Foster, Honolulu, Hawaii; one sister-in-law, Lois Ann Knope, Stevens Point; nieces; and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, David and Edward J. “Jack” Knope; and one sister, Marilyn Ellingson.