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Nadine Miller, 46, Chaska
Nadine Rae Miller, 46, of Chaska died on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Feb. 27, at Crown of Glory Lutheran Church in Chaska. Interment was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Chaska.

Nadine was born on Jan. 21, 1966, to Harvey and Lilah (Larson) Hammer in Golden Valley. She was one of three children.

Nadine grew up in Paynesville and was a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a degree in physical therapy.

She has worked at North Memorial Hospital, Trevilla of Golden Valley, and Integrated Health Care Services.

Survivors include her husband, Troy, of 23 years; daughters, Kiera and Ellie; mom, Lilah Hammer of Paynesville, sister, Laurel (Chris Bissener) Hammer of Denver, Colo.; brothers-in-law, Terry (Lisa) Miller of Grove City, Todd (Jackie) Spanier of Paynesville, and Tory (Sarah) Spanier of Montrose, Minn.; mother-in-law, Geri Spanier of Paynesville; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her father, Harvey Hammer; infant brother, Donald; and father-in-law, Dave Spanier.

Frank Kostreba Jr., 60, Paynesville
Frank John Kostreba, Jr., 60, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at his home after a brief battle with lung cancer.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church in Paynesville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Burial will be at a later date.

Frank Kostreba was born on May 29, 1951, to Frank Sr. and Lavada (Stien) Kostreba in St. Cloud.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, entering in 1968, being honorably discharged in 1970.

He married Nancy Shoultz on July 7, 1971, in Sauk Rapids. They shared over 40 years of marriage.

He worked as a carpenter and small engine mechanic most of his life.

Frank is survived by his wife, Nancy of Paynesville; children, Char (Mike) Peltz of Roscoe, Sheila (Mike) Kascht of Paynesville, Shay Kostreba of Regal, and Cody Kostreba of Paynesville; 12 grandchildren; and sister, Caroline Kostreba of St. Cloud.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, LeRoy; and an infant granddaughter.

Jeanette Ramler, 81, St. Cloud
Jeanette Ramler, 81, of St. Cloud passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Feb. 13, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Entombment was in Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum in St. Cloud.

Jean was born on May 18, 1930, to the late Claude and Rose (Lenz) Hess in Lake Henry.

She married Victor J. Ramler on June 25, 1956, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal.

Jean enjoyed staying home and raising her five children before working for School District #742 in food service from 1977-1998.

Jean is survived by her children, Janice (Joe) Vieau of Maple Grove, Jack (Linda) of St. Cloud, Jill (Jeff) Dobesh of Bloomington, JoAnn Ramler (Marc Williamson) of Bloomington, and Jeff (Elaine) of Sartell; eight grandchildren, Jacob, Jenna and Jill Vieau, Emily and Joseph Dobesh, Matthew, Jeni and Michael Williamson, and Andrea and Claire Ramler; brothers and sisters, Delores (Herman) Kampsen of Elrosa, Alice (Herbert) Younkin of Paynesville, Luverne (Micki) Hess of South Haven, Allan (Lucy) Hess of Cold Spring, Joan (Ron) Johnson of Pequot Lakes, and Dan (Joyce) Hess of St. Anna; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor on July 8, 1987; brother, Floyd Hess; and infant brother, LeRoy Hess.

Memorials are preferred.

Keith Hoiseth, 80, Paynesville
Keith E. Hoiseth, 80, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Feb. 10, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Keith Edward Hoiseth was born in Paynesville on April 4, 1931, to Arthur and Millie (Ruff) Hoiseth.

He attended Paynesville schools and graduated with the Class of 1949, lettering in basketball and baseball. He graduated from Hamline University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Keith married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Peterson, at Paynesville Lutheran Church in 1955.

He served in the U. S. Army from 1957 until 1959, working in the army prison at Leavenworth, Kan., in the management and budget division.

Following his military service, Keith returned to Paynesville, where he joined his father and brother at the family's Ford dealership. They were proudly associated with the Ford Motor Company for 50 years, receiving numerous awards for sales and outstanding customer service.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Robb (Linda) of Doha, Qatar, and Paynesville; daughter, Caroline (Chris) Bussmann of Northfield, Minn.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Millie Hoiseth; and brother, Clinton.

Joy Sinner, 50, Packwood, Wash.
Joy Mildred (Cromwell) Sinner, 50, of Packwood, Wash., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at her home in the foothills of the mountains, surrounded by love.

Joy was born on Dec. 22, 1961, in Paynesville, Minn., to George and Shirley (Fenske) Cromwell.

She graduated from Paynesville Senior High School in 1980.

She married Murray Sinner on June 21, 1980. They were together for 18 years.

Joy worked at Fingerhut in St. Cloud and Minnetonka for 15 years. In 1997, she moved to Alamogordo, N.M., where she was a realtor, earning the title of Rookie of the Year during her first year there.

Joy then moved to Washington in 2001 after meeting her partner, Jeb, making her final home in Packwood. She worked for 4URealty, and, in 2005, they opened their own coffee shop called Butter Butte Coffee Co.

Joy is survived by her loving partner, Jeb Scalf, and his wonderful family; mother, Shirley Cromwell of Waite Park, Minn.; brother, Roy (Lyn) Cromwell of Paynesville; sister, Tonya Meagher (Danny King) of New London; brother, Jesse (Heather) Cromwell of Watkins; niece and nephews, Travis, Crystal, and Tyler Cromwell, Devin and Connor Meagher, and Alexander and Vincent Cromwell; and many extended relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, George M., Cromwell, Jr.; grandfathers, George E. Cromwell, Sr., and Arthur Fenske; and grandmothers, Mildred Cromwell, Hertha Fenske, and Judith Cromwell.

Michael Downey, 54, Paynesville
Michael Downey, 54, of Paynesville passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Michael was born on Oct. 28, 1957, in Peoria, Ill., to Daniel and Beverly Downey.

Michael graduated from Anoka High School with the Class of 1976.

He lived in Minnesota and later moved to Oregon.

Poor health forced him to move back to Minnesota, where he lived in Paynesville. He then pursued an associate's degree in computer technology and graduated with honors from St. Cloud Technical College.

Michael is survived by his four children, Kristina Wendland, Debra Downey, Michael Downey, and Jonathan Downey; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; his mother, Beverly Downey; and sisters, Patricia Wells, Robin Ruhland, and Kathy Nelson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Downey.

Stacy Orbeck, 20, Paynesville
Stacy Ann Orbeck, 20, of Paynesville passed away on Friday, Feb. 3.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m., at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Reverend Omar Guanchez will officiate. Burial will take place in the Parish Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 9 p.m., at the Daniel Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Parish Prayers will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Stacy was born on April 24, 1991, in Albany, Minnesota, to Dennis and Betty (Lieser) Orbeck.

She graduated from Paynesville Senior High School in 2009.

Stacy was currently studying community health at St. Cloud State University and was a member of the Honors Society.

She was very sports oriented, playing soccer during high school and snowboarding in her free time. Stacy also had a passion for art, poetry, and nutrition. She enjoyed volunteering and family vacations, both of which brought her across the country.

Stacy will be remembered for her high spirits, kindness, generosity, and smile.

She is survived by her parents, Dennis and Betty; brothers, Ryan (Ashley) and Luke; grandparents, Gladys Orbeck and Robert and Jeanette Lieser; great-grandmother, Elizabeth Hemmesch, all of the Paynesville area; and many extended relatives.

Stacy was preceded in death by her grandfather, Clarence Orbeck; aunt, Jeanette Weis; and great-grandparents.

Catherine VanderBeek, 93, Paynesville
Catherine J. VanderBeek, 93, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Paynesville Cemetery.

Catherine VanderBeek was born on Aug. 22, 1918, in Edgerton, Minn., to Gerrit and Wilhelmina (Schelhaas) Jansen. She was the second oldest of 15 children: eight boys and seven girls.

She grew up on a farm, first living near Edgerton. At about the age of two, her family moved to a farm near Padua, where she resided until she married.

Catherine married John VanderBeek at the parsonage of the Christian Reformed Church in Brooten on Feb. 3, 1939. To this union, 10 children were born.

A typical farmwife, she tended a huge garden while raising her large family, as well as helping with the farm chores. Much of the time, she did her work under trying circumstances, such as no running water, electricity, or an indoor bathroom. She did her cooking and baking on a wood-burning cook stove.

A daughter, Joanne, died at the age of 17 due to a farming accident in 1965.

Catherine and John farmed for about the first 30 years of their marriage. In later years, after most of her family was grown, Catherine and John moved to a farm place near Paynesville.

She then worked outside the home for 13 years as a nurse's aide at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

She and John retired from farming and moved to Paynesville, where John passed away in August 1989. Their eldest daughter, Wilhelmina, passed away in June 1999.

Catherine is survived by her children, Gerrit (Marlene) of Paynesville, Gerhardt (Dieanna) of Glenwood, Trina (Gene) Berg of Willmar, Henry (Joyce) of Gilman, Anna Hiltner of Wadena, Catherine (Dallas) Ziemann of Darwin, John (fiance, Mary) of Richmond, and Margaret (Jim) Knebel of Pillager; 30 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Ben of Cross Lake and Edward of Atwater; and two sisters, Minnie Payne of California and Johanna Toering of Pipestone.

Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, John; daughters, Joanne and Wilhelmina; parents; six brothers, four sisters; a son-in-law; two infant grandchildren; and two infant great-grandchildren.

Dennis Ochs, 68, Paynesville
Dennis Ochs, 68, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment will take place in St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Dennis was born on Sept. 14, 1943, in Pipestone, MN, to William and Katherine (Decker) Ochs, a beautiful baby boy.

I'm sure it was devastating to his parents to find out that he wasn't "normal." In those days, it was recommended that children with Down Syndrome be placed in a home, someone that could care for them "properly." But not Denny; his doctors told his parents to bring him home and treat him just like all the other Ochs children.

Most would think that having Down Syndrome is a curse. Being different, slow, it would be a struggle his whole life. Well, those of us who loved him know differently. Being an Ochs, Denny endured the same life struggles as every other Ochs family member, and being "special" had its moments.

Denny lived in a body that had difficulty expressing and verbalizing. Although, if you wanted to know the name of a movie star or a musician from the 50's he could rattle it off without hesitation. Elvis was by far his favorite!

The Lord gave us an angel, an angel right here on earth, a messenger from above! Although Denny did not have degrees in education, he taught his family, and those that he touched, the precious gifts of unconditional love, laughter and the joy of life.

Denny's pure heart and unconditional love was unlike no other, sure he could be stubborn sometimes, he could even hold a grudge. But it didn't take much to break through his shell. A few loving-razzing words and the tiff was over, sealed with a big wet kiss and a bear hug that took your breath away.

Oh if we all could only learn from Denny. Looking back the Lord sent him to be His example. Denny's ability to forgive was unlike anyone I know. His gift of unconditional love, even in the midst of strife was a lesson we all need to heed.

Denny has no worries. When he arrived at the gates of heaven I am positive the Lord took him in His arms and said "good job my loving and faithful servant." His disability, (or at least what most see as a disability), will be gone. What a BEAUTIFUL vision: The Love of the Lord beamingÉDenny in the arms of his parents with the unconditional love of a Down Syndrome child over flowing everywhere. Denny a "special child" finally reunited with his Mama!

Denny, our angel from above, was sent to us with a message from God. Lord, thank you for this beautiful child. Help us all to retain these gifts from our little angel! The ability to love unconditionally, the gift of forgiveness!

Denny is survived by his sister, Bonnie Peterson of Florence, Ariz.; brothers, Thomas Ochs of Burnsville, William H. Ochs, Jr., of Las Vegas, Nev., and James Ochs of Paynesville; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William, Katherine Ochs; and sister, Linda Kay.

Roy Frank, 76, Paynesville
Roy R. Frank, 76, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Jan. 22, at his home.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial will be at a later date.

Roy Rolland Frank was born on July 1, 1935, to Victor and Ellen (Fell) Frank in Redwood County, Minn.

At age 11, his family moved to Paynesville. Roy graduated from Paynesville High School as salutatorian with the Class of 1953.

After high school, Roy farmed on the family farm until 1956. He then worked as a carpenter and served in the National Guard.

On Oct. 2, 1959, Roy was united in marriage to Ramona Schmidt at First Evangelical United Brethren Church in Paynesville. This union was blessed with a daughter and a son. The couple shared 52 years of marriage.

Roy and Ramona lived in Paynesville, where Roy worked for Paynesville produce from 1958-1967.

In 1967, Roy began farming, and, in 1970, he and Ramona purchased their farm in Zion Township. Roy took great pride in his farm and his equipment. He continued to farm until 2002, when he retired.

In 2004, he and Ramona moved to their retirement home in rural Paynesville.

Roy is survived by his wife, Ramona; son, Donald (Vicky) Frank of Paynesville; daughter, Judy (Michael) Schultz of Moorhead; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Moore of Flandreau, S.D., Lois Snyder of Long Prairie, and Ruby Snyder of Paynesville.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vern and Glen; and sister, Jean Beier.

Roger Rien, 85, Paynesville
Roger Rien, 85, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Paynesville Cemetery with military honors.

Roger C. Rien was born on March 25, 1926, to Sam and Olivia (Burr) Rien. He was raised in Lemmon, S.D.

He graduated from Lemmon High School and entered the U.S. Army in 1945.

Roger served at Fort Riley, Kan., Camp Adair, Ore., and overseas on the islands of Okinawa and Ie Shima in Japan. He earned the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Army of Occupation Medal, Japan Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.

Roger married Sylvia Block in Paynesville.

After his military service, he worked in a processing plant, in road construction, and in retail hardware.

He later entered radio announcing school in Minneapolis. Roger was later employed at the radio station KWBM (now KEYZ) in Williston, N.D, in 1953 and, in 1954, at KNDC in Hettinger, N.D., for one and a half years. He then was employed by KUMV-TV as a copywriter, announcer, interview show host, program director, assistant manager, and station manager. Roger also earned his first class radio telephone operator license at Elkins School in Minneapolis.

After living in Williston for nearly 50 years, Roger and his son, Dean, moved to Paynesville.

Roger is survived by his son, Dean of Paynesville; a daughter-in-law; and sister, Betty Atkinson of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia, and oldest son, Richard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Gerald Johnson, 75, South Carolina
Gerald "Jerry" Johnson, 75, of Moncks Corner, S.C., died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Trident Medical Center.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 6, at the James A. Dyal Funeral Home Chapel in Summerville, S.C. A rite of committal followed at Plantation Memorial Gardens.

Gerald Johnson was born on Aug. 28, 1936, to John and Sylvia (Deadrick) Johnson in Paynesville.

He was a graduate of Paynesville High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force.

After retirement from the military, he owned Custom Cabinet Doors by Jerry and Jerry's Woodcraft.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary S. Johnson; children, Lori Beier of Moncks Corner, Dean Johnson of Moncks Corner, and Jay Johnson of Charleston; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in Charleston, S.C.

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