1950 – 2020
Plainfield – Barbara Kratz of Plainfield, CT passed away, from complications associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder and Congestive Heart Failure, on March 17, 2020. Barbara was born on March 10, 1950 in Quincy, MA. She was the eldest twin daughter of Alfred Pletsch and Ruth (Scammell) Pletsch, of Wollaston, MA.
Barbara was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1968 and attended Westfield State College for 4 years, studying elementary education. She took John Kratz, of Stillwater, Minnesota, as her husband on July 14, 1972 in Wollaston, MA. Barbara was the quintessential homemaker and mother, successfully raising two sons Jamie (Karrie) of Campton Hills, IL and Derek (Renee) of Jacksonville, FL. She is predeceased by her parents and is survived by her husband, sons, brother Ronald (Marie) Pletsch of Sarasota, FL, twin sister Carol Locke of Barnstead, NH and her four grandchildren, Sophia Ruth, Lily Louise, Caleb Anthony and Willow Grace as well as many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
When she wasn’t busy raising her two boys Barbara loved her cats, dogs and horses. She was involved with 4H equestrians and was a member of Saddle Sores Riding Club and Tri-State Horsemen’s Association. She always took time to coach young riders as well as her peers. Barb had a lot of tenacity and was a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a young adult, breast cancer and thyroid cancer.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. 06260. Upon requests of the family no services are planned. In lieu of flowers make donations to your favorite equine charity or cancer association in her name.