First woman to chair state Agriculture Committee dies

Wisconsin agriculture has lost a friend and advocate.

Former 91st District State Representative Barbara Gronemus of Whitehall died Sunday away at 89.

Gronemus, a Democrat, served in the state legislature for 26 years and was the first woman to ever chair the Assembly Agriculture Committee. Throughout her career, she fought for rural issues and was especially noted for her work on the stray voltage issue in the state.

Her funeral will be Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Whitehall.