Nina Prohaska (1926 - 2016)

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Nina L. Prohaska
09/27/1926 - 06/02/2016
Nina Louise Stewart Prohaska was born 09/27/26 in Giltner, Nebraska. Her father farmed and ranched. Eventually seeking new opportunities, he moved his family west and settled in Idaho. As was the practice of the day, young or old, everyone lent a hand where they could to work the land. At a young age while the adults were busy with the long work days, Nina was given the responsibility of looking after her younger brother and two sisters and preparation of meals. The skills she learned in her youth, meal planning, cooking, and baking for large groups would in later years become an essential part of her adult life.
In 1941, Nina attended Caldwell High School for her freshmen year. The following year she transferred to Gem State Academy. In addition to her studies and other activities, she supported the war effort joining the Medical Cadet Corps. A handsome classmate, Lynn Prohaska, caught her eye and became the love of her life. Lynn and Nina graduated from Gem State Academy in 1944 and married in September of that year. They were inseparable, spending 64 loving years together until Lynn passed away in 2008.
Nina returned to Gem State Academy as food service director, serving students and faculty breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Organizing countless special meals and banquets over the years, Nina discovered she had a flair for putting together glamorous events. When she became Dean of Women at Gem State Academy it was still her passion to cater events.
Lynn and Nina were dedicated active members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Over the years they volunteered for countless church and community service projects. Lynn became Dean of Men at Walla Walla College when he and Nina moved to College Place, Washington. She became Assistant Food Service director for the college and continued to cater weddings and anniversary parties and banquets. Event planning increasingly became her passion and she stepped away from food service opening a small restaurant. Years after her retirement she continued to receive requests for help decorating and planning extravagant events.
Nina is survived by her daughter, Karen Adams (Larry); son, Jay Prohaska (Luana); grandchildren, Christopher Madsen and Brandi Hays (Eric); great-grandchildren, Kenaula, Keoki, and Cole Ziegele, Michael and McKenzie Madsen, and Chance Hays; and sister, Barbara Easter. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cindy Prohaska, and husband, Lynn Prohaska.
A Celebration of Life will be at a later date in August.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sonbridge, or the Christian Aid Center through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 The Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Friends and family may share memories and sign the online guestbook at

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 8, 2016