Barbara Jo Eiden-Molinaro, 62, of Athens, Ohio

Published 10:44am Thursday, February 20, 2014 Updated 12:50pm Thursday, February 20, 2014

Barbara Jo Eiden-Molinaro, 62, of Athens, Ohio, died unexpectedly from rare complications of chemotherapy on Feb. 15, 2014, at OSU Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.


Born Oct. 31, 1951, Barbara graduated from Brainerd High School in 1970. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Concordia College in Moorhead in 1974, and a master’s in theology from Hamma School of Theology at Wittenberg University in 1978.

From 1979 to 1992, Barbara served at Concordia College in Moorhead where she worked in Student Affairs as associate dean.

In 1992, she moved to Fergus Falls and established Success Services, Inc., a project management consulting firm.

In that capacity, she managed the Otter Tail County Family Services Collaborative as well as many other projects.

In 2006, she relocated to Washington, D.C., and continued to operate her business.

DC clients included the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Council on Aging.

In 2012, she moved to Athens, Ohio.

In January 2013, she joined the staff of Rural Action, The Plains Ohio, as Chief Operating Officer.

Always active in the communities where she lived, Barbara served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations and as president of First Trinity Lutheran, Washington, D.C., and Augustana Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.

She dedicated her life and career to helping and improving the lives of others and was a woman of profound faith.

Barbara has remembered Concordia College with a planned gift.

Barbara and her husband, John Molinaro, met in seminary, were married at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa on Sept. 17, 1977, and parted upon her death.

Barbara is also survived by her mother, Virginia (Dahly) Eiden of Nisswa; her brother, Timothy Eiden, his wife, Julie, and children, Katherine, Steven and Daniel of Menomonie, Wis.; her foster daughter, Jody (Thom) Peterson, and her husband, Terry Peterson, of Lengby, and Jody’s four children, Ben Westby and Kolby, Maeghan and Sloane Peterson.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. March 1, at Christ Lutheran Church in Athens Ohio.

Memorials may be made to Rural Action ( or Christ Lutheran (



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