Barbara J. Pinkelman
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Barbara J. Pinkelman, age 55, of Hartington, Nebraska died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota after her battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:30 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. David Fulton and Rev. Scott Hastings officiating.  Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington.  Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 4:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Monday at the Church.  The Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington is in charge of arrangements. To view the video tribute or to send online condolences, please visit

Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Active Pallbearers will be Shaun Pinkelman, Darin Pinkelman, Colby Buckendahl, Gauge Erickson, Lowell Janssen Jr. and Mat McCarty. (correct spelling)

Barb was born on September 5, 1958 in Sioux City, Iowa to Perry Edward and Rose Catherine (Donahue) Heydon. She grew up in Newcastle, NE and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1977. She married Russell L. "Rusty" Erickson on September 29, 1978 in Ponca, NE and they had 4 daughters. Rusty died on January 16, 1988 at the age of 36. On August 13, 1994 Barb married Leo A. Pinkelman in Hartington and they had 2 children and a step daughter.  Barb worked in several nursing homes for 34 years most recently at the Good Samaritan Center in Bloomfield for the past 12 years.

She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and she loved horses, camping, gardening and festive family gatherings. She especially enjoyed caring for others.

Barb is survived by her husband Leo A. Pinkelman of Hartington, 6 daughters, Misty Jensen of Yankton, SD; Mandy Erickson of St. Paul, NE; Megan Hopson of Stanton, NE; Melisa and Lowell Janssen Jr. of Yankton; Emily Pinkelman of Yankton; Tiffany Pinkelman of St. Paul, NE; a son, Travis Pinkelman of Hartington; 15 grandsons, 4 granddaughters, 2 sisters, Marybeth and Delmar Johnson of Sioux City, Iowa; Monica Brewer of Livermore Falls, Maine; 2 brothers, Joe and Shirley Heydon of Carroll , NE; Bob and Diane Heydon of Eagle, NE; many nieces and nephews and Rusty's parents, Lawrence and Gayle Obermeyer of Hartington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Rusty, parents-in-law, Arthur and Maureen Pinkelman, and an infant brother, Ray Heydon

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Barb you will be missed by so many people. So glad I got to know and work with you. My deepest sympathy to the family. My you rest in peace.

Abby Bruce and Carol Sorensen

Barb you will be missed by a great deal of people. All my sympathy and prayers to the your family.

Earl W. (Bill ) Pinkelman

Leo and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you.

Lina (Dan) and Shawna Suing

Leo and family,

Our sympathy to you.We are sorry to hear of your loss.

Don and Dorothy DeBlauw

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