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Barbara Ann (Thomas) Warner, beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, passed away on March 22, 2024, leaving behind cherished memories and a legacy of love. Born on June 15, 1963, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Barb was the daughter of Martin and Marjorie (Timmers) Thomas.

She graduated from Saint Cloud Tech High School in 1981.  She attended Normandale Community College and North Dakota State University studying child development and nutrition.  She earned an Associate of Arts degree and graduated with honors and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Barb and Jim met in Hopkins on October 25, 1985 and they were united in marriage on August 13, 1988 at Normandale Church in Edina.

Barb and Jim moved to Fargo, North Dakota, and later to Rapid City, South Dakota, where they supported each other through Jim’s schooling. They eventually made their forever home in Buffalo, MN where they raised two children, Carl and Katie.  She loved being a stay at mother and home maker.  She also worked at Black Hills Gold Company, Toro, the school district as a lunch lady and had her own business as a home cleaner.  She was also a frequent volunteer in Wright County, at Zion Lutheran church and at the schools while the children were small.

Barb had a deep appreciation for the simple joys of life. She found solace in walking through the woods, tending to her flower gardens, and creating warm and inviting spaces to host gatherings with loved ones. Her outgoing personality made her a natural host, and her parties were always filled with much laughter and joy.

She was very sociable and had a remarkable ability to brighten any room with her infectious smile. Her laughter, genuine kindness and concern for others left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing her.  Barb had many friends, and she loved each one of them.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Marjorie Thomas; brother, Scott Thomas; and her brother-in-law, Gary Hinnenkamp.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jim; children, Carl (fiancé Hailey) and Katie; sister, Laura Hinnenkamp; brother, Jeff (Rhonda) Thomas; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 5:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sara and Sandy Paulson

    Barb was such an amazing mother figure for me throughout high school. Your home was always welcoming with a hug and open door with a meal on the table. I am grateful I was able to have such a great relationship full of memories 🩵. You are truly missed but not forgotten. We pray you are at peace

  2. Colleen Lazer

    Barb was always full of fun and laughter. A smile on her face and kept up with all of the cousins growing up. It was so important to our Grandparents, George and Tillie Timmers, to enjoy family and spend time together. It was a priority to Barb’s Mom Marge and my Mom Cordy to follow the family tradition to visit family almost every Sunday….. a very special time. Rest in Peace Barb,

  3. Scott Hektner

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  4. Mari & Rob Hughes and family

    I aways enjoy talking to Barb at church she had a beautiful smile that was contagious. So sorry for your families loss.

  5. Julie

    Barb was an amazing friend! What a blessing it was to be around Barb with her beautiful smile, kind heart, and down to earth nature.
    What I will always remember most about Barb is her contagious smile, and her warm heart. Oh, and also her love of ice cream!!!
    I will hold onto the many memories of Barb; visits with her family and seeing her kids as they grew throughout the years. Road trips, biking, walking in the park, girls weekend up north at our family cabin and being invited to her garage parties where Jim and her would entertain which is another one of Barb‘s greatest strengths! Being a wonderful host. Love you girl❤️ Peace and Joy to Barb and her family.

  6. Jeffrey Payne

    Thank you for being a friend. Miss your wonderful smile, gentile voice and giggle laugh. Know you continue living in memories and your love will remain in our hearts. As much as we all feel this loss, Heaven is enriched with your arrival.

  7. Glenn S

    I can only repeat what’s already been said. Barb was easy to make laugh, and you could not help but smile by just being around her.


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