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ST. PAUL — A former Oak Hills Living Center and Highland Manor administrator died June 8 in St. Paul.

Also a counselor for aging seniors, Joseph L. Ramnarine oversaw the design and construction of Oak Hills Living Center in 1995 and worked there until retiring.

A high school graduate at age 15, he taught for five years before coming to the United States from British Guiana in 1955.

Ramnarine graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1959. He taught high school science and Spanish for a year in Lewistown, MT before moving to St. Paul.

Joe began his health industry career as a medical technologist at St. Paul’s Ancker Hospital in 1960. There, he met and fell in love with Linda Lee Maas. They married on Dec. 16, 1961. He became an American citizen around that time.

The couple settled in Roseville and raised three children.

Ramnarine worked his way from medical technician to acute care administration and later into long-term care management. He received an MBA in Healthcare from the University of St. Thomas in 1987.

Joe was a nursing home administrator at Walker Methodist Health, Minneapolis; River Hills Living Center, Wabasha; Highland Manor, New Ulm; before helping create Oak Hills Living Center, New Ulm.

“He really spearheaded the fund drive to get Oak Hills built. Highland Manor was outdated. It didn’t have air conditioning,” said Trudy Beranek of New Ulm, whose mother was a Highland Manor resident.

“He (Ramnarine) was very personable, wonderful. People liked him. He was a good administrator. I heard nothing but good things about him,” said Beranek.

Oak Hills Living Center Administrator Candas Schouvieller said Joe was instrumental at Highland Manor, and in building Oak Hills Living Center and the first assisted living apartments in New Ulm that are attached to Oak Hills.

After retiring, Joe enjoyed telling and sharing childhood stories to his children and grandchildren. He and his wife Linda attended school activities and sporting events of their grandchildren.

Ramnarine’s hobbies included gardening, reading, watching TV movies, and playing golf. He was an active volunteer, Sunday School teacher. Rotary Club member, math tutor and counselor.

Those wising to donate in his honor may do so at the local food bank or Habitat for Humanity.

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