Aug. 20, 1953-June 18, 2012
MINNEOTA - Services for Barbara Kolden, 58, of Minneota will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at the church and will continue from noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in rural Arlington.
She died Monday, June 18, 2012, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., after a sudden recurrence of cancer.
Barbara Louise (Mueller) was born Aug. 20, 1953, in Glencoe, to Robert and Carol (Bergs) Mueller. She grew up on a farm northeast of Gaylord and graduated from Gaylord High School in 1971. Barb attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis for a year and worked for the Fairview Hospital System. On June 13, 1981, she was united in marriage to Pastor Thomas Kolden. The couple lived in Steinbach, Manitoba where Barbara worked for Loewen Windows. They later lived in Nielsville, Audubon, LeRoy, and have currently been living in Minneota for the last 2-1/2 years. Barb truly had a heart for service. She worked as a nurse's assistant in a variety of settings including hospice and nursing homes. She was active with Headstart in several communities. Barb enjoyed quilting and crafts in general. She also enjoyed flowers and was an awesome cook. She was passionate about being a mom and making a house a home. She also enjoyed traveling to see her girls.
She is survived by her husband, Pastor Tom Kolden of Minneota; daughters, Sarah (and fianc, Pastor David Fleener) of Hartford City, Ind., Rebekah Kolden of Marshall and Rachel Kolden of Mankato; siblings, Beth (Carl) Thompson of Mason City, Iowa, Cindy (Ken) Korth of Forest City, Iowa, Kevin Mueller of Gaylord and Pam Mueller of Rosemount, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and mother-in-law, Evelyn Kolden.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Fund for breast cancer research or the Hope Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Directors