Published in the Askov American Sept. 28, 2017
Barbara Jean Orth, 67, of Rutledge, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. She was born on December 7, 1949 in Aitkin to Richard and Edith Ekelund. Barb grew up in McGregor where she graduated from McGregor High School in 1967. In 1972, Barb married Reg Orth and lived in McGregor. In 1978, Barb and Reg moved to Willow River having purchased Willow River Poultry which they operated together until 1985. In 1997 she relocated to Rutledge. Barb desired to further her education and used her hard work ethic and determination to work full time, raise her 3 daughters, and attend Lake Superior College. In 1996 she achieved her dream .. She was an RN. She started her career working at the Sandstone Hospital before taking a job at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake. Barb worked as an Oncology Certified RN and later became the Infusion Therapy/Chemo Therapy Department Manager. She worked compassionately with many area families and helped them through their journey along with a very close knit team of Dr. Sande, Jenny Schatz, and Dana Jensen. Barb’s work never stopped when she walked out of the hospital but encompassed her daily life as she empathetically assisted many patients during times of need at all hours. She was never not “on call”. She was the “go to” person for many of her patients and she loved and cared for them like they were family. The only thing that could get priority above her work was her family whom she truly loved and supported. Her grandchildren took top priority. Barb also had a great love for music, especially old country. She enjoyed playing the guitar, loved Lake Superior, and bonfires.
After death, as in life, she continued to give as an organ and tissue donor.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Edith Ekelund, her sister: Bonnie Tillman; (all three of whom she cared for at the end of their lives) and a grandson born sleeping; Daniel Scott.
She will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters: Karen Lynn Eaton of Rutledge; Angela Jean Eckerman (Bud Ceccardi) of Cromwell; and Janel Christine Orth of Isanti ; and their father: Reg Orth of Lino Lakes; her 6 grandkids whom she adored: Joelene Eaton, Jacklynn Eaton, Julieanne Eaton, Jesse Scott, Oliver Eckerman, and Lily Eckerman; two sisters: Donna Jackson-Hein and Darlene Erickson both of McGregor; Special nephews: Joseph Tillman and Charles Tillman of Barnum; special friend: Robert Jurgens; and numerous extended family members and friends.
A memorial visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake. A private inurnment will be held at Pine Needle Cemetery on Saturday, September 30, 2017. A Celebration of Life Service, will be held at 5 PM on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in the McGregor Community Center, 41442 State Hwy 65, McGregor, followed by a party promised to her. Memorials are preferred and the family would like to heartfully acknowledge and thank everyone for their kind thoughts, prayers, and support during this difficult time and no formal thank you cards will be sent.
Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.