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Nancy Marie Niesen


Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in All Obituaries



Nancy Marie Niesen 75, Houston, Minn., passed on to greener pastures on July 7, 2015, as a result of a year-long cancer illness. Nancy was born on June 21, 1940, to Phillip and Ruth (Rank) Dickson. In 1952, she was adopted by her mother’s second husband, Earl Niesen. Nancy spent many years living on the Money Creek, Minn. farm with her grandparents, Marie (Wells) Rank Corey and Joseph Corey. It was there that she developed her love for country life and all animals, especially horses and cats. Nancy could recite the names of every horse and cat she ever owned. As a child, Nancy attended the Money Creek School and was baptized and confirmed at the Money Creek United Methodist Church. After moving to La Crosse, Wisc., she attended Central High School and graduated in 1957. Following graduation, Nancy worked as a dental assistant until her marriage in 1958 to her high school sweetheart, David Barrett. They moved to the Aurora, Ill. area and had one son, Bret Allen Barrett. During their years together, Nancy influenced David to take up her passion—quarter horses. Indeed, Nancy regaled us with many stories of horse racing at the quarter mile tracks. David and Nancy parted in 1970. In 1971 Nancy married James Bonds and purchased a farm on Vinegar Hill, outside of Money Creek. There, Nancy and Jim started farming, milking cows, and raising quarter horses. Jim died of cancer in 1974 and Nancy continued farming until 1976. In 1977, she married Lowell Ladsten. She and Lowell lived in Spring Grove and then Mabel, Minn. Nancy helped out on Ladsten’s Auto Sales car lot and worked at Rush Products (TRW) in Rushford, Minn., until TRW closed. Nancy and Lowell divorced and Nancy returned to live in Money Creek and Houston for her remaining days.

While living in Houston, Nancy re-connected with an old friend, Roger Anderson. They spent many happy hours together watching movies, visiting with friends, and enjoying late suppers. Roger took care of Nancy during her final illness until her passing. Nancy loved her family, her home, knitting, cooking, and her two rescued cats, Tuffy and Trouble. She always had lots of flowers. She was a homebody, and would rather be at home than anywhere--reading, knitting, cooking, or working in the yard.

Nancy is survived by her mother, Ruth Marie (Rank) Niesen, of Houston, Minn.; son, Bret (Dana Merworth) Barrett, of Artesia, N.M.; two grandchildren: Jessica Barrett, of Levelland, Tex., and Josh .....
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J. Eric Ostrom

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

J. Eric Ostrom, 46, of Fountain, Minn. died Sunday, July 5 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Eric was born, September 22, 1968 in Thunder Bay, Canada. He moved to the U.S. when he was four years old. He graduated from Preston-Fountain H ..... 
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Gene A. Curtis

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Gene A. Curtis, 61, of Sumner, Iowa died suddenly on Sunday July 5, 2015 while camping with his family near Nashua. Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. ..... 
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Eldon Sauer

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Eldon Sauer, “Uncle Eldie”, age 88, of Harmony and lifetime Fillmore County resident passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wed, July 1, 2015 at Harmony Care Center of natural causes. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the As ..... 
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Carol B. (Arnold) Davis

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Carol B. (Arnold) Davis, 93, of Longmont, Colo. died June 7, 2015. She was born September 17, 1921 in the Village of Fillmore, Minn. to Willie and Katherine Manley. Carol married Lyndon Arnold in 1937 in Fillmore. He preceded her in death December ..... 
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Dorothy Constance Bammert

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Dorothy Constance Bammert, age 88, of North Mankato and formerly of Good Thunder, died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at her home. A celebration of Dorothy’s life was held 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Rapidan. Visitat ..... 
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LaVaugn Juliett (Lindelien) Matson-Barenthin

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

LaVaugn Juliett (Lindelien) Matson-Barenthin went home to be with the Lord surrounded by two daughters and her son-in-law on June 26, 2015. She was born on April 29, 1923 to Thorvald and Ruth (Johnson) Lindelien in Lanesboro, Minn., and was raise ..... 
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Robert Edward Nagel

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in All Obituaries

Robert Edward Nagel, 79, of Houston, died Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Valley View Healthcare and Rehab in Houston, Minn. Bob was born March 11, 1936 in Spring Valley to Ed and Florence (Hendersen) Nagel. He graduated from LeRoy-Ostrander High Scho ..... 
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Marcia Stephen

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Memorial services for Marcia Stephen was held 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, Minn. with Pastor Dave Lieder officiating. Burial took place in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. M ..... 
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