Donna Barnes, age 87, of Harmony, Minn., died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Clara House in Harmony. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the United Methodist Church in Harmony. Interment will follow in the State Line Cemetery, rural Harmony. Friends may call on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church. The Lindstrom Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Donna was born July 23, 1929, in Cresco, Iowa, to Frank and Mabel (Snell) Stortz. She graduated from the Harmony High School in 1947. Donna married Richard Barnes on July 18, 1948 at the State Line Methodist Church, rural Harmony. She worked at the Hardware Store in Harmony prior to being a caretaker at Cardinal House in Harmony. Donna was an adult 4-H leader and was active in the State Line Methodist Women’s Organizations. Richard and Donna were members of the Fillmore County Cattlemen’s Association; in 1989 they received an award for Cattlemen of the Year. She loved flowers, cooking, cardinals and to watch wrestling. The biggest joy in her life was her family.
Donna is survived by five children: Patricia (Raymond) Kirchmeyer, Donald (Julie) Barnes, Peggy (Richard) Erickson, Dennis (Renee) Barnes, Douglas (Elizabeth) Barnes; a daughter-in-law, Michelle Barnes; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Kathryn Fishbaugher. Donna was preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard, a son, David; a granddaughter, Emily Peterson; a grandson, Richard Barnes; a great-grandson, Matthew Korkowski; and a brother, Francis Stortz.