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Barbara Leila Redinger Macdonald

Barbara Leila Redinger Macdonald, 87, passed away April 22, 2023 in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Barbara was born February 23, 1936 in Deadwood, South Dakota, to Paul W and Loretta I (Cook) Redinger. Barbara was baptized, confirmed and attended the Old Apostolic Lutheran church her entire life. Her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior was very strong.

Barbara graduated from Deadwood High School in 1953. She attended nursing school for a few months and then married William “Bill” Macdonald on June 6, 1954.

She stayed home and raised her children until 1973, when she went to work at the Homestake Hospital as a certified lab technician. She then worked at the Lead-Deadwood Hospital in Medical Records until her retirement in 1996.

Bill and Barbara moved to St. Onge and lived there for many years. They wintered in Arizona, where they stayed with Bill’s brother Roy and their niece Lana (Terry) Curl.

Barbara moved to Spearfish for a couple of years and then recently moved into Edgewood Vista in Spearfish, where she received excellent care.

Barbara loved her family, near and far. She was an avid bowler, loved to garden, tend her flowers, crochet and read.

Barbara is survived by children, Paulette Macdonald (Bill Sjomeling) of Lead, South Dakota, Melody Nehmer (Jerry Richards) of Sundance, Wyoming, Scott (Diane) of St. Onge, South Dakota and Malcolm of Crooks, South Dakota; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Roy, Keith (Judi), Bill Kinney; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are husband, Bill; her parents; daughter, Zelva; sisters, LaRee and Kay; brothers-in-law, Dennis, Herb, Laverne, Ed, Loren and Henry; sisters-in-law, Beryl, Sheila, Moira, Glenda and Joyce; grandchildren, Jeremy, Colton and Kaely; nephew, Paul Eikanas; and great-niece, Tiffany Eikanas.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the South Dakota Diabetes Coalition.

Services will be held at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, 2040 Vista Hills Place, Spearfish, SD, at 1 p.m. Friday, April 28. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Spearfish, with a luncheon served at the Old Apostolic Church following the interment.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Isburg Crematory of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at

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