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Kay Dinger

June 28, 1941-Dec. 17, 2010

Kay Inis Dinger, 69, of Frazee, died Friday, December 17, 2010 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee.

Funeral services were set for 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, with Reverend William Aufdenkamp officiating.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and for one hour prior to Wednesday's services at the church.

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Kay was born to Fred and Mildred Mindeman on June 28, 1941 in Breckenridge, N.D., at the St. Francis hospital. She was baptized at the Peace Lutheran Church in Barney, N.D. Kay was confirmed at the Kindred Lutheran Church. She attended grade school at Garber Township Country School through third grade. She then attended Kindred Public School through her graduation in 1959.

Kay attended Valley City Teachers College, obtaining her degree in elementary education, and also earned a B.S. at Moorhead State University. She held teaching positions in Hunter, N.D., and Georgetown, Minn., until she became a mother and devoted farm wife.

She returned to work as a medical receptionist at the Casselton, N.D., clinic and later as a bookkeeper at Casselton Farmers Union. She later moved to the Detroit Lakes area and worked at The Lady's Unique as well as being a hostess for Newcomers. She then returned to the medical reception profession and worked at Dakota clinic several years until her retirement.

In her retirement Kay worked part-time as a hostess at McDonald's and volunteered at the Frazee elementary school.

Kay was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved spending time with family. She especially enjoyed entertaining friends and family at her lake cabin on Star Lake, where many days were spent swimming, picnicking and watching sunsets. She also enjoyed traveling, cross country skiing, dancing, playing cards and crafts.

She especially loved ceramics, which she liked to share with others as gifts. She was also a passionate gardener and loved the color purple.

Kay was also involved in many activities including Eastern Star, Circle, bowling, golf, and her church. She was a facilitator for Beginning Experience.

Kay passed peacefully in the loving and dedicated presence of her daughter-in-law, son and daughter, and the caring staff of the Frazee Care Center, to whom the family extends their deep gratitude.

Surviving Kay are Dennis Dinger; her two children, James (Lisa) Piper of Frazee and Michelle Piper of San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren, Jena and Cody Piper of Frazee; and also her sister, Dona (Jim Heidbrink) Mindemann of Burnsville, Minn., and brother Lee (Becky) Mindemann of Dent. She will also be greatly missed by the extended Piper family.

Kay's parents preceded her in death.