Florence E. Hinneberg, 92, of Renville, died Monday, February 13, 2012, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, following surgery after suffering a fall on Sunday.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 18, 2012, St. John's Lutheran Church in Renville with Rev. Rick Tuttle officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Cindy Hebrink and a quartet of Rev. Rick Tuttle, Rev. Joel Luetke, Rev. Michael Kuschel and Rev. Jonathan Kruschel, accompanied by Kathy Tepfer. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery, Renville.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Florence was born January 22, 1920, to Otto and Elsie (Sahr) Gutknecht in Correll, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Correll. She graduated from Correll High School and attended Winona State Teacher's College. She was united in marriage to Cecil O. Hinneberg October 18, 1940, by Pastor Herbert Halter at Grace Lutheran Church. A year following their marriage they moved to Renville and to this union two daughters were born and raised in their Christ-centered home. Florence was blessed with the gift of living each day in the joy of the Lord because of the assurance of eternal life through her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. She lived out her faith in the choices she made as a wife, mother and volunteer both in the church and community. Florence was the area coordinator of the African Medical Mission for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod for 42 years and was Blood Drive Coordinator for the American Red Cross for 54 years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School for more than 30 years and was active in its ladies aide. She was a member of the Renville Historical Society and American Legion Auxiliary. Florence and Cecil were charter members of the Minnesota Prairie OWLS and were instrumental in starting the Monday Bible Study at Meadow's on Main in 1996, where Florence continued serving refreshments until the present. Giving to others was her greatest joy and it humbled her to receive Renville County Volunteer of the Year in 2001. She loved serving others and was known for her cooking, entertaining and sharing God's love by providing meals to others in their time of need. Florence enjoyed reading, sewing and baking, never letting a grandchild go home without a batch of her special cookies. She especially enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with her family. Her husband of 67 years, Cecil, died November 30, 2006. Florence continued living on her own until December of 2010, when she moved to the RenVilla Care Center.
Florence is survived by two daughters, Carol (Steve) McCallum of Houston, Texas and Marilyn (James) Ekstrand of Tucson, Arizona; six grandchildren, Liesl McCallum, Megan (Mike) Mosley, Sara (Dave) Schoditsch, Mary (Tim) Torlincasi, Jeff Ekstrand and Jennifer (Alex) Rosemurgy; seven great-grandchildren, Cameron, Reed, Ryan, Benjamin, Alison, Annika and Evangeline; many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cecil; great-grandson, Bradon Schoditsch; two brothers, Wilbur and Orville Gutknecht and sister, Leona Hanson.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be Minnesota Prairie Owls, American Red Cross Volunteers, Arlyn and Cindy Seitz, Roger and Judy Groen, Curt, Barb and Peter Lind.
Memorials may be directed to Martin Luther College or American Red Cross.