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Ruth Joan Hinen

May 19, 1932 — April 6, 2018

Ruth Joan Hinen, age 85, of Columbia City, IN was called to our Lord and Savior at 12:00 am Friday, April 6, 2018 at her daughter's home in Columbia City. Jo was born on May 19, 1932 in Allen County, the daughter of John W. and Carrie (Oser) Trahin. She was the youngest of 9 children and was the last surviving member of the family, they included, Earl, Mary, Cliff, Margaret, Paul, Marita, Dorothy and Michael.

She attended St. Patrick's Catholic School and graduated from Arcola High School with the Class of 1950. She lived in Allen County until 1954 and then moved to Whitley County. Joan attended St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing for 3 years and received her registered nurse's degree. On October 23, 1954, she married Robert Michael Hinen at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Arcola. Bob and Jo started working together to establish their family farm and soon welcomed 5 children, Carol, Susan, Don, Janet and Pat. She worked at St. Joseph Hospital and retired from Whitley County Memorial Hospital, Columbia City, as a registered nurse after many years of service. She was an active member of St Catherine's Catholic Church, Nix Settlement and a member of the Rosary Sodality. Jo volunteered at Parkview Whitley Hospital and was a board member of Whitley County Health Department.

Survivors include her 5 children, Carol A. (Donald) Greulich, Donald E. (Joann) Hinen, Janet E. Hinen, Patricia L. (Kirk) Trabert all of Columbia City and Susan M. (Michael) Fry of Sammamish, WA; grandchildren and great grandchildren including, Cara (Dane) and Caroline Starkey, Jennifer (Jeff) Shepherd, Abbie ( Eli) and Amy Greulich, Lauren (Ben) Shinneman, Mallory (Chris) Tompsett, Steven Fry, Bridget, Megan and John Hinen, Josh (Amy) and Holly Trabert and Wes Trabert. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert Michael Hinen, 4 brothers, Earl, Cliff, Paul and Mike Trahin and 4 sisters, Dorothy Pequignot, Margaret Milligian, Marita Trahin and Mary Sitko Stoddard.

Rosary service will begin at 8:45 am on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Nix Settlement, Columbia City. Public visitation will be from 9:00-11:40 am in the sanctuary. Her funeral mass will begin at noon on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the church. Father Dale Bauman will be officiating with burial to follow at St. Catherine's Cemetery. Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Hinen to the Preservation Fund at St. Catherine's Church, masses to the church or Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City has been entrusted with her funeral service. Please visit to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.


St. Catherine's Catholic Church
9989 S State Road 9 Columbia City, Indiana 46725

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM


St. Catherine's Catholic Church
9989 S State Road 9 Columbia City, Indiana 46725

12:00 PM
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