Funeral services will take place Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hanover, rural Alta. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Barbara Jean Nielsen, the daughter of Oswald and Anna (Hinkeldey) Nielsen, was born at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Cherokee, on March 19, 1946. Shortly after her birth, she was baptized at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Hanover. In 1960, Barbara was confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids.
Barbara's optic nerve was dying at her birth and she recognized that she would eventually become blind so she prepared herself for that fate in advance. She studied typing, Braille, and learned how to navigate her way around by using a white cane. This training took her all over Iowa, beginning in Independence and then progressing to Des Moines and Sioux City. Barbara persevered through her disability and worked at Hope Haven in Rock Valley, the Easter Seals Society in Des Moines, and Goodwill Industries in Sioux City.
She made her home in various communities in northwest Iowa including Rock Valley, Orange City, Sioux Center, and most recently, Hull. Barbara always attended a Lutheran Church wherever she lived. St. Paul's Lutheran Church at rural Hull was her latest church home.
Those who will always love, honor, and cherish Barbara's life and memories include her brother, Edward Nielsen and his wife, Connie of Hendersonville, N.C.; her nieces: Angel Paulder and Kristi Lamb of Atlanta, Ga., her two aunts: Opal Hinkeldey of Storm Lake; and Frieda Mohn of Cherokee; and many cousins, most notably Dorothy and Dwaine Hinkeldey who served as her conservators following the death of Barbara's parents.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oswald and Anna Nielsen; and a great nephew, Jordin Paulder.
All of Barbara's family takes comfort in knowing that she is in heaven waiting for the rest of her family.