Barbara Hansen | Death notice |

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June 12, 1953 – December 11, 2021

Barbara A. Hansen, 68, from Minden, died on Saturday December 11, 2021 in Strasbourg, Colorado.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden with Reverend Donald Hunzeker and PMA Julie Schmidt officiating. There will be no visitation. Private family burial will take place at a later date at Keene Cemetery.

Barbara A. Hansen was born on June 12, 1953 in Columbus, Nebraska, to Joseph and Bernice (Kreizinger) Zwiener. She grew up in the Columbus area and graduated from Columbus High School with the Class of 1971. She continued her education at Central Community College on Grand Island. She lived on Grand Island for many years where she was employed in various locations. She then returned to Columbus, where she met Ronald S. Hansen while taking law enforcement courses. They were married on May 2, 1981 in Columbus.

Having had neurofibromatosis her entire life, she had a malignant tumor and lost her left arm and shoulder in July 1982. This brought many challenges, but it never slowed her down. If someone told her she couldn’t do anything, she loved to prove them wrong! Many people affectionately called him the “One-armed Bandit”. One of his greatest accomplishments was to walk the Portland Marathon in 2000; she was done in 8 hours and 10 minutes.

Although she did not have children, the happiest times of her life have been taking care of and being with young people. She loved watching them grow up and many of them affectionately called her “Grandma Barb”.

In 1982 she joined the Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden and was active in many activities. She has participated in many community Bible studies and women’s retreats. Barb has truly been an inspiration to countless people.

Those who remain to cherish her memory include her husband, Ron Hansen of Minden; brothers, Joe Zwiener of Denver, Colorado, and Michael (Mary) Zwiener of St. Louis, Missouri; sister, Mary (Edwin) Koesh of Columbus, Nebraska; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce (Greg) Rundel of Mexico, New York; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, extended relatives and close friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her sister-in-law, Marilyn Zwiener.

Memorials in honor of Barb are kindly suggested at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden. Craig Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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