Marian Nordgaard
Marian Nordgaard
        Marian Nordgaard, 94, of rural Peterson, Minn. passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford, Minn.

Marian was born June 6, 1923 on a farm north of Peterson, to Nels and Inger (Quamen) Larson. She married Melvin Nordgaard on February 15, 1941, in Decorah, Iowa. They celebrated more than 48 years of marriage, farming together in Arendahl Township. She continued living on the farm until 2011, moving to Good Shepherd Senior Apartments in Rushford, and in April 2012 to the Good Shepherd Nursing Home. 

Marian had this generous, caring, and fun personality; and her highest calling and passion was caring for her family, friends, and animals. She lovingly cared for her husband through his progression of Alzheimer’s. She also worked as a home care aide in Fillmore County for several years enabling many elderly to stay in the comfort of their homes. Marian was at peace and felt blessed to live such a long life. She loved her family, friends, and animals very much. She will be remembered for her kindness and patience and will be deeply missed by all who were privileged to know her. 

Survivors include two daughters: Dianne (Lester) Dunn of Lanesboro, Barbara (James) Snackenberg of New Prague; one son Ardell (Joanne Stebbins) of Lanesboro; five grandchildren: Nancy Johns of Lanesboro; Bradley Johns of Rochester; Krista (Ryan) Bauers of Duluth; Adam (Jennifer) Nordgaard of Taylor Wisc.; Vanessa (Nick) Trim of Holmen WI; and eight great-grandchildren; sisters Alice (Darold) Sievers of Rushford; Gladys Mrachek of Winona; and Arlene Grimes of Peterson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Melvin in 1989, infant daughter Jeanette, son Glenn in 2013, brother Norman Larson, and brother-in-law’s Eddie Mrachek and Robert Grimes.

The funeral was Tuesday, Nov.  7, 2017 at North Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro. Burial was in the church cemetery. 

Johnson-Riley Funeral Home of Lanesboro assistedthe family with arrangements. To share a condolence with the family please visit