BARBARA PONKOW Barbara A. Ponkow, 77, a 30- year resident of Las Vegas, passed away Jan. 3, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 1, 1935, in Wall Lake, Iowa, to the late Henry and Helen (Bahrenfus) Bieret. She moved with her position at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio to Oshkosh, Wis. There, she met her husband, of 56 year, Edward. Upon their move to Las Vegas, Barb began employment at the Las Vegas Hilton and then the Las Vegas Country Club until her retirement. Barb was a lifelong member of the Catholic church, active in the Catholic Daughters, sang in the church choir and her love of adventure which took her abroad and stateside. She was preceded in death by her son, John Ponkow, in 1990. Barbara is survived by her husband, Edward Ponkow of Henderson; daughters, Linda (Greg) Barr and Cheryl (Greg) McClain, all of Las Vegas; son, Paul (Cheryl) Ponkow of Henderson; daughter-in law, Sharon Ponkow of Las Vegas; her only sister, Marilyn (Foster) Pokrandt of Oshkosh; five grandchildren, Capt. Raymond (Emily) Kerr of Newport News, Va., Crystal (Matt) Phillips of Coraopolis, Pa., Justin, Jenna Ponkow and Leyslie Lesterel of Las Vegas; and three great-grandchildren, Lucy, Zoey and Zander. A special thanks to Serenity Hospice lead by Heather for treating our family like her own, loving mom and making us all laugh. Private services will be held in Las Vegas.