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Barbara Runkle (Davisson) Hinz passed away September 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. She was 80 years old.

She was born on April 7, 1940, the daughter of the late Jack and Alma June (Hartman) Runkle in Denver, Colorado. Barbara led an interesting life with moves from Colorado, Illinois, to Kansas, and finally landing in Minnesota where she lived until her passing.

She was active in the La Lache League in Buffalo as well as the Lutheran churches she attended: St. John’s (Buffalo), Mount Olive (Minneapolis), Zion (Buffalo), and Mount Herman (Annandale). She was a skilled seamstress and would often make clothing for her children. Barbara loved spending time in the outdoor, especially camping on the North Shore near Gooseberry Falls. She was known for her massive collection of Precious Moments figurines and in her spare time, she like to participate in festivals and reenactments with the Viking Age Club and Society of Minnesota.

In 1996, Barbara fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse when she graduated from Anoka Ramsey Community College School of Nursing in Coon Rapids, MN. She worked as an RN until her retirement.

She is survived by her 9 children, Leigh (Olivier) Monichon, Timothy (Karin), Mark Davisson, Stephanie (Jim) Etterman, Christa (Joe) Hinz Lambrecht, Sarah (Bob) Hinz Everts, Matthew (Melinda) Hinz, Naomi Hinz, and Samuel (Jen) Hinz; 13 grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Alma June Runkle; and sister, Bonnie Lee.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM with visitation one hour prior at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we ask that all attendees abide by social distancing regulations and practice safe precautions by wearing a mask if planning to attend the visitation and/or service. 

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Pamela A Schendel

    Dear Samuel and Niome, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I wish I could attend her service but my grandson is getting married that day. Love to all

  2. Rebecca Kaiser

    Sam, Naomi and family. I was sad to hear of the loss of your mother. I still have memories of her driving out school bus when we were younger. She was always a very boisterous woman with lots of character, sass and always quick to flash you a full smile. May you all be comforted at this time.

    Rebecca (Geyen) Kaiser

  3. Mary Bangert Monson

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you on your mother’s death. I’m sure that her memory will live on in your hearts.

    I am sorry that I will be out of town on the day of her service, but you will be in my thoughts.


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