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Obituary for Donna Hintz
Ute, Iowa - Donna M. Hintz, 80, of Ute, Iowa passed away Friday, February 14, 2014, at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Charter Oak, Iowa with Rev. Paul Kelly officiating, Burial will be in St. Clair Cemetery at Ute. Visitation will be Monday, February 17 after 5:00 p.m. with a Vigil Wake service at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Ute. Visitation resumes Tuesday one hour prior to the funeral Mass at the church. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com. Madonna "Donna' Margaret Hintz was born at Mapleton, Iowa October 6, 1933, the daughter of Dale and Margaret (McCall) Barnes. She grew up and attended school at St. Mary's Catholic School in Mapleton. In 1950, she married Veryl Buck at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton. Due to his military career in the Air Force, the family traveled and resided around the world. Donna quoted that during that time of their life, they lived in 33 places in a 25 year span of time. On December 31, 1979, she married Larry Hintz in Council Bluffs, Iowa and celebrated the event on New Year's Eve across the river in Omaha. Larry and Donna enjoyed their life in Ute where they became deeply involved in the function of the community. They were charter members in the organization of the Ute Ambulance Service. They both became EMTs and took courses so that they could teach EMT classes while at the same time were certified to offer highly skilled patient services when called out 24/7. Donna continued this volunteer work for 20 years along with her full time work with her mother at the Barnes Cafe in Ute. The sacrifice of time with her family and their lives, caused her to retire from her EMT volunteerism. Other efforts in the community included home health care, blood pressure screening, and working the balloting site at election time. When the Barnes Cafe became the Ute Senior Center, Donna continued there maintaining an enormous attendance for a small town. She soon came to operate it as it grew to its height not only offering noon meals but many other social and entertaining events. As life progressed she felt the need to semi-retire from the Senior Citizens and sadly completely retired in 2012, which honestly left her without that fulfilling purpose it earlier gave her. No matter how hot or cold it was, Donna loved to walk outside. Along with the physical benefits, really, it was her way to get out and visit with her neighbors and friends. Donna was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ute. Larry passed away April 11, 2009. Survivors include three children, Betty Hartigan of Ute; Dale Buck and his fiancee, Nancy Gieselman of Hermatite, Missouri, and Debbie Schilling and her husband, David of Scheldon, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and "one on the way"; four sisters, Darlene Snow of Castana, Iowa, Joan Ohlmeier and her husband, Wayne of Ute, Iowa, Kathy Carson also of Ute, and Janet Schneekloth and her husband, Gene of Omaha, Nebraska; a special friend, Don Bridgeman of Ute, Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews; and other extended family members. Along with her husband, Donna was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Everett Hartigan; three sisters-in-law; and five brothers-in-law.