Medical 05

Kathleen M Hinze

November 20, 1955 ~ March 16, 2021 (age 65)


Kathleen M. (Merkel) Hinze, age 65, of Spring Valley, died on March 16, 2021. 

Kathleen was born on November 20, 1955 in Minnesota to Kenneth and Mildred (Kraling) Merkel.  She graduated Spring Valley High School in 1974.  In May of 1974, she graduated from Southeastern Co-Operative Education Vocational Center: Model Office Program.  In December 1974, she graduated from Rochester Area Vocational Technical Institute’s Medical Clerical Program.  In June 1978, she graduated from Rochester Area Vocational Technical Institute’s Nursing Assistant Program.  In December 1980, she graduated from Rochester Area Vocational Technical Institute’s Practical Nursing Program.

Kathleen worked in Dietary at St. Mary’s Hospital, she then went on to work at the nursing home in Ostrander, MN as a Nursing Assistant, and then as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Most recently, she was working at Spring Valley Living as an LPN.

Kathleen had a passion for birds, wildflowers, family, as well as with friends and residents.  Kathleen especially loved spending time with her four grandchildren, going to the park, pool, snow shoeing, garages saling, just hanging out, or going on adventures for bugs, birds, flowers, or rocks.  Kathleen extended her love for her children to their friends also.

Kathleen is survived by her 3 children; Ryan (Kellie) Hinze, Alicyn Hinze,and Ross Hinze, 4 grandchildren; Meadow, Madison, Miley and Rylee, siblings; Karen (Jerry) Skifter, Scott (Kim) Merkel, Todd (Kathy) Merkel, and Sara (Jon) Warren, and many nieces and nephews, along with many grandfurs. 

She was proceeded in death by her parents.

Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley is in charge of arrangements.

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A visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, MN.  A Memorial Service for Kathleen will be held at 11:00 a.m. on March 27, 2021, at Our Saviors Lutheran in Spring Valley, MN, with Pastor Susan Li officiating.  Burial will be at Hamilton Cemetery.  

To send flowers to Kathleen's family, please visit our floral store.


March 20, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Memorial Service
March 27, 2021

11:00 AM

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