In Memory of Barbara Ann Milner

Barbara Ann Milner
Barbara Ann Milner
Born: July 17, 1947
Died: October 6, 2016
Age: 69
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Barbara Ann Milner
July 17, 1947 - October 6, 2016
From: Arthur, IA

Barbara Ann Milner, age 69, of Arthur, Iowa passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Mercy Medical Center, of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Father Richard D. Ball will officiate, with committal services following at the St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary held at 5:00 p.m., and a Vigil Service held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 10, 2016, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Barbara Ann Milner was born on July 17, 1947, In Denison, Iowa, to Lloyd Emmett and Catherine Marie (Henkelman) Fineran. She was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Faith. Barb attended school in Odebolt and graduated from Odebolt High School with the class of 1965.

After graduation she attended beauty school in Sioux City, Iowa. On September 28, 1980, Barbara was united into marriage to Jack P. Milner in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

After Barb’s kids were a little older she went back to college at DMACC and graduated with an associate’s degree in accounting. Barb worked for many years as a bookkeeper and tax preparer. In 2007 Barb and her daughter-in-law Brenda bought Aunt B’s Café in Arthur, Iowa. Working regularly, you might remember her as your favorite hostess, always with a bright smile and a kind word for all who came through the door.

Barb had a deep love for her children, grandchildren, and all of her large family. It was also not odd to see the neighborhood children or even kids she had just met fall in love with her due to her kind heart and giving disposition. Barb enjoyed giving out her knitted projects as gifts, tending to her flower garden, taking care of her fish pond, and caring for any stray animal that crossed her path.

Barb delighted in the Christmas season. She would prepare projects and games for her family Christmas getaway and she never failed to supply a variety of Christmas treats including several types of fudge and her famous peanut butter balls. Her love for both her family and cooking was evident in the green book, a cookbook that Barb put together containing treasured recipes and family pictures, histories and stories.

Barb was also extremely fond of going on adventures. Whether it was visiting Freedom rocks with her husband, traveling with her daughter to Ireland, San Francisco, Key West, or Cape Cod, or taking her nieces, nephews and grandchildren on assorted trips, Barb was always up for new experiences.   

Barb lost her courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband Jack Milner of Arthur, Iowa; children, Scott (Sandi) Milner of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Barbara (Kirk) Milner Murray of Mesquite, Texas; Steve Mace of Eugene, Oregon; Greg (Brenda) Mace of Kiron, Iowa; Chris (Jerri) Mace of Sioux City, Iowa; Tomi (Joel) Germar of Northglenn, Colorado; thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren with another on the way; brothers Keith (Deb) Fineran, Kenneth (Sandie) Fineran, Bob (Leah) Fineran, Randy (Pippa) Fineran; sisters Sandi Grote and Carolyn (Stan) Mortensen; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Barb was preceded in death by parents, Emmett and Catherine; brothers, Jim and John Fineran; husband Tom Germar; and sister, Lois Fineran.  

Memorial donations in Barb’s honor will be contributed to the oncology departments of Mercy Medical Center Sioux City and Buena Vista Hospital Storm Lake.


10:30 a.m., Tuesday,
October 11 ,2016
St. Martin's Catholic Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Thomas Mace
Andrew Mace
Adam Grote
Jayden Mace
Joshua Mortensen


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
October 10, 2016
Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa

Rosary at 5:00 p.m.
Vigil at 7:00 p.m.


"Blessed Be the Lord"
"Amazing Grace"
"The Lord's Prayer"
"Be Not Afraid"

Kay Bloyer, Organist
Jeana Schroeder, Cantor


St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:11 AM
“Kenny, Sandie and Fineran Famlies; Sorry for the loss of your sister Barb. We are Sandie's cousins and we ate at Barb's restaurant a few time with Uncle Wes, loved it. We will keep Barb and her family in our prayers.”
- Arlene, Ann and Carol Grundmeier
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:11 AM
“I was so fortunate to have been able to visit with Barb on a couple different occasions recently...the last was just a few weeks ago when she "drove" her shopping cart up and bumped mine in greeting at WalMart :) Always loved that girl! My heart aches for her family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!”
- Ann Hemer Onnen
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:10 AM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Barb's. She will be missed dearly by all those who new her. She will never be forgotten.”
- Cheri Keller Stowe
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:10 AM
“To Tomi and family,

My deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family. My prayers will be with you and may God comfort your hearts.


Bonnie Bueno
Causey Demgen & Moore”
- Bonnie Bueno
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:10 AM
“My sympathy to the family of Barb. Such a friendly one always. May you hold your memories close to your heart. Hugs to all.
Shirley Ruser”
- Shirley Ruser
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 11:28 AM
“Family gatherings just won't be the same without Aunt Barb! :( Praying for Jack, Greg, Chris, and Tomi in the coming days, week, and months, for the Lord to comfort you during the hard times when you would give anything to give her one more hug and tell her you love her. ”
- Dixie & Clint
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 11:28 AM
“My heart goes out to Barb's family. She was a great member of the Class of '65 and we all enjoyed the meal that Aunt B's provided for our last reunion. We will all miss her at the next reunion.”
- Cheryl Sellstrom Moe
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 9:32 AM
“Barb was a wonderful lady, we are so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful Grandma, Aunt, Family Member and Friend to so many. Barb was an excellent cook and sure knew how to make the best deserts. It was sure fun when she would share her recipes. She always shared wonderful gardening and canning tips. Barb was always so kind, pleasant and full of happiness when we went to Aunt B's. She will be missed by so many but on the otherhand she will always be regarded highly in the community and remembered by all with love and happiness. Please accept our condolences. Your family will be in our prayers.
- Jody Chris Harris Family
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 9:32 AM
“Jack & families,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Barb had a heart of gold. I always enjoyed talking with her.”
- Matt And Chris Wunschel
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:49 PM
“Greg & Brenda, We are sorry to hear of your moms' passing, she was a great lady. When we both worked at Midwest we always talked to each other daily, what a nice person to talk to. May god bless you and your family in this difficult time........Kenny & Ann Thornhill”
- Ken & Ann Thornhill
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:49 PM
“Jack and family, Out prayers go out to you in your loss. Deepest Sympathy”
- Rose Schuldt
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM
“Jack, Tommi, Chris, Milner and Fineran Families.... I'm so sorry for your loss. Barb was a special lady liked by everyone. Hope you're able to find comfort and peace in the coming weeks/months. She will be missed.”
- Edward Parmelee
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:52 AM
“Dear Jack and Family:
Barb was an angel here on earth. She cared about so many in her lifetime and was always ready to make a difference in unique ways. I feel so fortunate to have been able to share her friendship and have her in my life. God will provide a special place for her as he has in our hearts and lives. God be with all of you and grant you peace and strength during this time of sadness. She will always be remembered.
Barb Bloom”
- Barbara Bloom
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:52 AM
“Sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers.”
- Bud and Sandy Lichter
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:52 AM
“Prayers to Jack and the rest of the family. I got to see and talk with Barb this summer at the hospital when my dad had an appointment to check his cancer. We both were waiting so had a good talk. She was so positive about her condition and I left admiring her spirit and thamkful for her concern for my dad. God bless Barb and her family.”
- Jim Mickelson
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:52 AM
“Jack, Greg, Chris & Tomi, words are so hard at this difficult time! I have so many memories in my head, that make me so incredibly proud, happy & blessed to have had such an amazing woman in my life for so long! I am with you in feeling the pain! I hope you can find some comfort in knowing she is an angel above watching down on us and will be by our sides for the rest of our lives here on earth!”
- Mollie
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:52 AM
“My thoughts and prayers go out for Barb and her entire family during this difficult time. Barb was the best! Like so many others, I loved Barb, too. She made it so easy to do so. She will be missed by many but never forgotten. RIP Barb!”
- Brian Patrick O'Neill
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 4:52 PM
“To Jack and the entire Milner, Fineran and Mace families You have my deepest sympathy in this loss. She will always be missed. May God be with you at this time.”
- Marilyn Skaren
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