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Barbara Minar, Northfield, Minn

Barbara Jean Minar, 57, Northfield, Minn., died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at her home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Christiania Lutheran Church, rural Lakeview, Minn. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Northfield. Visitation will...

Barbara Jean Minar, 57, Northfield, Minn., died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Christiania Lutheran Church, rural Lakeview, Minn. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Northfield. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bierman Funeral Home, Northfield. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

She was born on Feb. 15, 1951, in Mitchell to Irving and Minnie (Thomsen)Lawson.

She was raised on a farm near Kimball.

She attended country school through eighth grade and then Kimball High School, where she graduated in 1969.

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After high school, she attended flight attendant school in Florida before returning to the Midwest, moving to St. Cloud, Minn., and later to Lakeville.

On June 4, 1977, she married Jim Minar at Christiania Lutheran Church.

They moved to the Minar family farm, where they lived.

She was a 4-H leader and served as treasurer of Greenvale township.

She worked for National Car Rental Headquarters, Edina, Minn., for 30 years.

She then worked for Heartman Insurance Agency in Northfield.

She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Angela Minar, St. Louis Park, Minn.; twin sons: Joey and Mark, both of Northfield; a sister, Doris Lawson, Sioux Falls; a brother, Scott Lawson, Kimball; and her mother-in-law, Agnes Minar, Northfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew.

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