Obituary – Barbara J. Pinkelman

Pinkelman, Barb


HARTINGTON — Barbara J. Pinkelman, 55, Hartington, died July 17, 2014, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D., after her battle with cancer.

Visitation and a Vigil Service were July 20 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, and continued one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial was July 21 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with Rev. David Fulton and Rev. Scott Hastings officiating.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington.

Honorary Pallbearers were her grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were Shaun Pinkelman, Darin Pinkelman, Colby Buckendahl, Gauge Erickson, Lowell Janssen, Jr. and Mat McCarty.

The Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, was in charge of arrangements.

Barb was born Sept. 5, 1958, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Perry Edward and Rose Catherine (Donahue) Heydon. She grew up in Newcastle, and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1977. She married Russell L. “Rusty” Erickson Sept. 29, 1978, in Ponca, and they had four daughters. Rusty died Jan. 16, 1988, at the age of 36. Barb married Leo A. Pinkelman Aug. 13, 1994, in Hartington and they had two children and a step daughter. Barb worked in several nursing homes for 34 years, most recently at the Good Samaritan Center, 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, Hartington; six daughters, Misty Jensen, Yankton, S.D.; Mandy Erickson, St. Paul; Megan Hopson, Stanton; Melisa and Lowell Janssen Jr., Yankton, S.D.; Emily Pinkelman, Yankton, S.D.; and Tiffany Pinkelman, St. Paul; a son, Travis Pinkelman, Hartington; 15 grandsons; four granddaughters; two sisters, Marybeth and husband, Delmar Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa; Monica Brewer, Livermore Falls, Maine; two brothers, Joe and Shirley Heydon, Carroll, and Bob and Diane Heydon, Eagle; many nieces and nephews; and Rusty’s parents, Lawrence and Gayle Obermeyer, 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.