Ruth Joan Hinen
May 19, 1932 - April 6, 2018

Ruth Joan Hinen

Ruth Joan Hinen
May 19, 1932 - Apr 6, 2018

Ruth Joan Hinen
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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.

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Frances brown on Apr 14, 2018

Dear Janet,
Please know i send love and comfort to you. I think of you often and pray God will send comfort.
Frances Brown

Laura Lefever on Apr 13, 2018

John and I send our sympathy to you. Heaven gained a special lady who served her time well here on earth. Sincerely, John and Laura Lefever

Carolyn (Hilligoss) Fisher on Apr 13, 2018

Sad to hear about Joan. We were neighbors/friends of the Hinen family for many years. My sympathy to all the family, may she rest in God's peace.

Carolyn (Hilligoss) Fisher on Apr 13, 2018

Sad to hear about Joan. The Hinen family has been our neighbors for many years and we have very fond memories. My sympathy to all the family, may she rest in God's peace.

Carolyn (Hilligoss) Fisher

betty edwards on Apr 12, 2018

You have our deepest sympathy. Love Larry and Betty Edwards and family.

Regina Lucas on Apr 12, 2018

Sue, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Will keep you and your family our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow. Regina and Dale Lucas

Jadean Barnes on Apr 11, 2018

To the Hinen Family you are in our thoughts and prayers. May You feel God’s love and strength at this time. Prayers for all of you. Tom and Jadean Barnes

Sally Hartman on Apr 11, 2018

I was always proud as part of the nursing profession to claim to know Jo Hinen. My students who worked at Columbia City talked about her skills and kindnesses frequently. My sincerest sympathies to all her family members.

Cheryl Hochstetler on Apr 11, 2018

Always remember Aunt Jo as a quiet, humble woman-ideal for a nurse-who lived her life roles admirably. So sorry I couldn’t be with the family to celebrate her life and extend my love and sympathy.

Anna Kronenberger on Apr 10, 2018

Aunt Jo was always calm and quiet. Every year she'd host Easter and no matter how many people there were nothing ever seemed to phase her. She made the best noodles, bought the prettiest Easter candy, and always found me something to play with. She we be greatly missed. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Anna, Paul, Ethan, Logan and Miranda

JANET HURD on Apr 10, 2018


Heather Reid on Apr 10, 2018

CandleCarol and family, sorry for your mothers passing. Heather Reid

Rose Ann (Ness) Harris on Apr 9, 2018

May the Lord hold all of the Hinen family very close during this time of sorrow. Joan was one of the first people that I got to know when I was in first grade at St. Patrick's school and she taught me know easy it was to fall out of the swing.

Darleen Wright on Apr 9, 2018

My sympathy to your family. Your mom always had a smile! Her home was always welcoming. I have fond memories of going with my parents to play cards at your house and playing with all of you. Even later in our life Doug and I enjoyed playing cards with your parents. She was just a great lady all the way around! Darleen Hollenbaugh Wright (and Doug)

Shirley Smith on Apr 9, 2018

One more memory I would like to share. Don't know if Joan's extended family realize this, but Joan and Bob's family moved into the house (which I was born and grew up in) when their children were very young. Then after my parents passed Joan and Bob moved, next door, into her present home, which was built later for my parents retirement home. There is a lot of history in those two homes.

Shirley Smith on Apr 8, 2018

To all of Joan's family........
You have my deepest sympathy on your loss. She was such a wonderful and friendly neighbor for longer than I can remember. You can be very proud of your mother as she raised such wonderful faith filled children, willing to help no matter what the conditions. Although she is no longer with you physically, I'm sure she will remain in your hearts forever, with all the good memories you have, especially all those Sunday meals at her home. God has Blessed her now in experiencing her reward where there will be no more pain. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Lorraine Keith on Apr 8, 2018

Joan was a true mentor in nursing. Happy to say I'm still caring for patients 53 years now.

Vickie Kyler-Resler on Apr 8, 2018

My sincere sympathy on Jo's passing. She inspired me to continue working in the medical field.

Marcia Wright on Apr 8, 2018

To the Hinen family,
So very sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I have fond memories of her and the rest of your family from Saint Catherines and also of her at Whitley County when I was a nurses aide and she was my charge nurse in the late 1970's. She was a great nurse, and had a great laugh, which made working with her a pleasure. May God's grace comfort you in this most difficult time of loss.
Marcia Cayot Wright

Rex Johnson on Apr 7, 2018

Thoughts and prayers to the Hinen family. So sorry for the loss of Aunt Jo. Rex & Debbie Johnson

Chris Ness on Apr 6, 2018

Keeping the Hinen family in our prayers during this sad time. I always loved it when your Mom would come in to school to visit. Prayers for peace for all of you. Greg and Chris

Jackie Liston on Apr 6, 2018

Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you during this time of loss. Jo was always so gracious & kind to us.

Vick Wolf on Apr 6, 2018

CandleTo all of the Hinen family: we are so sorry for the loss of Aunt Jo. Thoughts and prayers to each and everyone of you. All our love, Vick, Ciara and Michaela

Randy Grimes on Apr 6, 2018

May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.

Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home



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