HURON ó Barbara Ninke, 84, of Huron, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Huron Regional Medical Center. Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church in Huron, with burial at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Webster Cemetery in Webster. Visitation will be Saturday morning one hour prior to the service at the church. Visit www.welterfuneralhome.com.
Barbara Ninke was born Clara Barbara Sakariason, daughter of Peter A. and Emma M. (Olson) Sakariason, on Aug. 3, 1928, at Pierpont. Barbara began life on a farm in Raritan Township where she lived until she was 3 years old when the family moved to Webster. She attended Webster schools, graduating from Webster High School in 1946.
†At the age of 17, Barbara left home to begin nursesí training at Fairview Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn. She graduated in 1949 and worked at Fairview Hospital from 1949 to 1963. On Oct. 9, 1963, Barbara enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Richards Gebaur Air Force Base outside of Kansas City, Mo. She was honorably discharged on Oct. 9, 1965, with the rank of Captain. Barbara returned to Minneapolis and worked at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina as head nurse in the surgical recovery room.
Barbara became acquainted with Ray Ninke at their 20th high school reunion (they attended high school together, but didnít date each other), and neither being married before, they began dating and were married two years later on Nov. 9, 1968, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn. They moved to Bismarck, N.D., for their first married home, where they lived for four years, until Ray was transferred back to Huron, where they raised their family.
In Huron, Barbara was a member of Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, American Legion William Reaves Post No. 7, Sons of Norway, and the Peripheral Neuropathy Association.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Ray, of Huron; one son, Greg (Jane) Ninke of Tempe, Ariz.; one daughter, Rebecca Ninke (Dave Watson) of Madison, Wis.; four grandchildren, Tanner Ninke, Alexandra Ninke, Reid Watson, and Kate Watson; three nephews, David (Faye) Huntington of Oregon, Glen (Donna) Huntington of Washington, and Dale Huntington of Oregon; and many beloved cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, an infant, and Marie E. Huntington.
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