In loving memory of

May 27, 1930 - November 7, 2020

Barbara E. Trombly, 90, of Gwinn, died peacefully Saturday morning, November 7, 2020, at Mill Creek Assisted Living Facility while under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice.

She was born May 27, 1930, in Ishpeming, the only child of Arthur and Fanny (Voegtline) Nylander. She was a 1948 graduate of Gwinn High School.

Barbara married Alden J. Trombly, Jr. in Gwinn on September 30, 1950 and he preceded her in death on May 22, 2011.

She retired from the Gwinn Community Schools as a member of the kitchen staff and taught piano lessons from her home for many years. She was a longtime member of Gwinn United Methodist Church and served as their organist for 76 years.

Barbara especially enjoyed summers at her camp on Farmer's Lake. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and always looked forward to her yearly winter visit with her daughter and son-in-law in Hawaii.

She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Barry) Fukunaga of Honolulu, HI, Richard (Deborah) Trombly of Mesa, AZ and Betty (Dan) Negrinelli of Gwinn; grandchildren, Gina Trombly of Haslett, MI and Joseph (Christy) Negrinelli of Harvey; great-granddaughter, Emma Negrinelli; and special sisters-in-law Shirley (Thorval) Hansen of Gwinn and Sharon Couture of Gwinn.

A memorial service for Barbara is tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2021 and will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Gwinn United Methodist Church, 341 W. Jasper Street, Gwinn, MI 49841 or UP Home Health & Hospice, 1125 W. Ridge Street, Marquette, MI 49855.

Canale-Gwinn Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family where memories may be shared at


Terry Ayotte wrote on Nov 19, 2020:

"My sincere condolences for your loss. Terry Ayotte"

Lissa Krans wrote on Nov 19, 2020:

"My sympathies to Barbs family, she was a wonderful person. I have many fond memories of her and our families. When as a kid they took me camping with them, teaching me how to play the piano which I still enjoy to this day, enjoying time at the camp on Farmers Lake. So many good times. I will always remember her smile and laughter. Lissa"

Janice (Kroncich) Barker wrote on Nov 16, 2020:

"My condolences to the Trombly family. I have known Barbara through the Maunula family & know what a sweet person she was. I know she will be missed by so many & she has a very special place in heaven playing the organ for so many!"

Gerry Stille wrote on Nov 13, 2020:

"Sincere sympathy to Barbara?s family. Amazing fact that she was the Gwinn United Methodist Church organist for 76 years."