Mina N. Goodyear, 92

Funeral services for Mina Goodyear of Starbuck were held Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Indherred Lutheran Church, rural Starbuck, with the Rev. Sarah Taylor officiating. Burial was in Indherred Lutheran Cemetery.

Mina Nelvina Goodyear, daughter of Lucas and Gertrude (DeWeerd) Rons, was born on November 8, 1917, in Sioux Center, Iowa. She was one of eight children and grew up on a farm near Boyden, Iowa. She was baptized in the First Reformed Church and attended school in Boyden. As a young woman, she worked candling eggs for three years at the Produce. On February 2, 1944, she married John W. Saarloos, a sergeant in the U.S. Army They were married only four months when he was killed at Normandy Beach (June 12, 1944) in the invasion of France. Mina met Lloyd Goodyear (son of Elmer and Dora Goodyear), after the end of World War II. He also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. They were united in marriage on October 10, 1946.

Mina and Lloyd Goodyear moved from Iowa to a farm near Starbuck in January, 1953, where they farmed until 1966. They sold the farm in 1968 and moved to a home in Lowry. Mina studied nursing assistant training at Alexandria Evening School and completed her training on November 20, 1967. She began working as a nursing assistant at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck in March, 1968 and continued to work there for 16 years. After retiring in 1984, she sold her home in Lowry and moved to Sanborn, Iowa. She returned to Starbuck in 1985 and lived at the Manor Apartments for 20 years. Mina continued to volunteer at the Minnewaska Home  Auxiliary for many years and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.

Mina was a member of Indherred Lutheran Church of rural Starbuck. Mina died on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 92 years.

Mina is survived by one daughter, Sharon Goodyear of Woodbury; sister, Alma Rons Donkersloot of Sanborn, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Darlene (Arnold) Femrite of Starbuck and Delores (Paul) Billehus of Starbuck; brother-in-law, LaVern Goodyear of Starbuck; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Goodyear; an infant son; her parents, Lucas and Gertrude Rons; first husband, John Saarloos; five brothers, Peter, Albert, Edward, Louis and William; and a sister, Jeanette.

Pallbearers for the service were Mike Billehus, Mark Billehus, Mark Donkersloot, Brad Peterson, Don Peterson and Mark Schumann. Amy VanZee served as organist for the service with Leanne Cline and Rhonda Rosenbaum providing special music. Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck was in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family, visit www.pedersenfh.com and click on obituaries.