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Nina M. Miller

The Kalona News of Kalona, Iowa

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1928 — 2015

Nina Mae Miller, age 86 of Kalona, died Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Pleasant view Home in Kalona, Iowa. Funeral service was held Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Fairview Mennonite Church in Kalona. Pastors Perry Miller, John Hershberger and Leon Stutzman officiated. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery.

Nina Mae (Gingerich) Miller was born on November 23, 1928, in rural Kalona, Iowa the daughter of Daniel G. and Fannie L. (Jantzi) Gingerich. She attended East Lincoln country school and later graduated from LaJunta, Colorado, Licensed Practical School of Nursing. Nina accepted the Lord as her Savior at age 13 and was baptized by Elmer Swartzendruber. She made a new commitment to the Lord and accepted the call to serve the Lord in Minnesota for a number of years. Nina had attended several terms at Berlin, Ohio, Bible School and Rosedale Bible Institute in Ohio, where she served as Dean of Women two terms. Nina worked at Mercy Hospital for four years and then as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Mercy Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospital for 27 years retiring in January, 1995.

On March 29, 1986, Nina was married to Ora W. Miller by John L. Hershberger. He preceded her in death on June 23, 1988.

Surviving are five step-children: Mary (Merle) Hochstedler of Goshen, Indiana, Eileen (Douglas) Daniels of Sioux City, Iowa, Linda (Arnold) Shetler of Plain City, Ohio, Rosetta (Leonard) Shetler of Goshen, Indiana, Leora (Robert) Troyer of Dalton, Ohio; a step daughter-in-law: Sandra Miller of Kalona; 18 step grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; two sisters: Alice (J. Wesley-deceased) Hochstedler of Kalona, Ella June (Eldon) Miller of Clayhole, Kentucky; five sisters-in-law: Clara Gingerich of Iowa City, Ada Gingerich of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ruby (Manass-deceased) Miller, Ida (Marion-deceased) Mullet and Marjorie (Ervin-deceased) Chupp; and a brother-in-law: Elijah (Susan) Miller; 40 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Nina was preceded in death by her parents; husband; five brothers: George, Leslie (Mary), Alvin (Lydia), Verton (Lydia) and Ivo Gingerich; mother-in-law: Lizzie Miller; two step sons: Norman (Infant) and Merle A. Miller; two nephews: Kenneth Gingerich and Merlin Gingerich; a niece: Myrna Martin; and a sister-in-law: Bernice Miller.

Yoder-Powell Funeral Home of Kalona assisted the family. Messages and tributes may be left at

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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