Barbara Jean (Slettedahl) Gertsema of Columbia Heights passed away on August 8, at Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids. She has had multiple health issues since 2009.

She was born at Echo, on September 1, 1945 and graduated from Wood Lake High School in 1963 and earned an Associate of Arts degree from Lakewood College. She was employed by Dayton Hudson, Twin City Arsenal and Home Care offices. She Loved her family and her cats.

She is survived by three sisters and three brothers: Shirley Lecy, Granite Falls; Mildred (Dean) Bruss of Roseville; Lorraine (David) Thompson of Rapid City; Robert (Karla) Slettedahl of Granite Falls; George (Linda) Slettedahl of Cottonwood; and David (Carol) Slettedahl of Wood Lake.

Barbara was preceded in death by five brothers, Lars, Kenneth, James, Lawrence, Jr. and Dale and sister Corrine Spector; and her parents, Lawrence and Mildred (Aarseth) Slettedahl.

Memorial services will be on September 23, at the Methodist Church in Wood Lake at 1 p.m. Cake and coffee will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the service. Internment will be in the family plot in Echo Cemetery. Please no flowers – Donations to the Lymphoma Society appreciated.