Beatrice (Koski) Hiben, 87, dies

Beatrice (Koski) Hiben, 87, of New Brighton, MN went to be with the Lord on August 27, 2015. She was born in Ely, MN on October 27, 1927 to John and Bertha Koski.A graduate of Ely Memorial High School, she earned her bachelors degree from UMD and went on to graduate studies in South Carolina. In 1956, she married Milan Hiben in Ely. Her father John passed that same year, with her mother Bertha later marrying Eino Starkman.
Bea served as a missionary in Japan and teacher in the Twin Cities. She loved all things Finnish, baking, playing Scrabble and teaching children. She remained active in her church throughout her life. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Milan; sister, Betty Cherne; granddaughter, Misty Petschl and great granddaughter, Jazmine Petschl.
Survived by her brother, Harry (Sandy) Koski; sister, Nancy (David) Dilley; brother-in-law Stan Cherne; son, Bob Hiben (Lisa); daughter, Rachel (Robert) Thomas; grandchildren: Megan (Dustin) Hoffstrom, Joey Hiben, Jennifer (Dennis) Ostrander, Jeff Petschl, and great grandchildren: Spencer, Hailey, Olivia and Penelope along with many other beloved relatives and close friends.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 4, at 1 p.m. at Oak Hill Baptist Church, 4141 University Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421. Memorials preferred to Oak Hill or Alzheimer’s Association of MN-ND, 7900 West 78th Street, Suite 100, Edina, MN 55439.