Barbara Jean Spink, 71, of Rio

Barbara Jean Spink, 71, of Rio

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Barbara Jean Spink, 71, of Rio, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 at the Columbia Healthcare Center in Wyocena. She was born Sept. 12, 1948, in Portage, the daughter of Ross and Jean (Marquart) Kampen.

Barbara graduated from Rio High School in 1966. She was united in marriage to Bernard Spink Ag. 18, 1978 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rio. She retired from Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena after 36 years of serving the residents in many different positions. After retiring, to remain active, Barbara also worked for Mark’s Market Catering and as a custodian at the Rio School District.

She loved gardening, tending to her flowers, and canning items from her garden. She also enjoyed playing Euchre, softball, and bowling. Barb’s greatest joy was spending time with grandchildren, cooking and entertaining family for holidays and special events. She was always making family a priority and made everyone feel welcomed and loved. Barbara loved the small-town life and her favorite place to be was on the family farm.

Survivors include her husband, Bernard Spink; son, Tracy (Jane) Little; daughters, Dawn Little (fiancé Jason), Donna (Tim) Stephens, Julie Anderson; grandchildren, Stephanie, Brooke, and Amber Little, Dexter and Ross Guyette, Alyssa, Brittany, Cody, and Dustin Anderson; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Dave (Carol) Kampen.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rio with Rev. Ann Walsvik officiating. Private interment will follow at Ohio Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church. A special thank you to all the doctors, nurses, and CNAs at Columbia Health Care Center, Agrace Hospice, and St. Mary’s ICU for taking great care of Barbara. Online condolences may be made at GRASSE FUNERAL SERVICE in Rio is serving the family

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