Jennifer M. Nielsen of Mora, died on Saturday, August 10, 2013. She was 27 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Larson officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 2 hours prior to the service on Wedneday.
INURNMENT will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Thursday, August 15th at 11:15 a.m. Assembly Area #5
Sgt. Jennifer Mae Nielsen, of Mora, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly the morning of August 10, 2013. She was 27 years old.
Jennifer, lovingly known as “Nifer”, was born in Fridley, Minnesota on July 4, 1986 to parents Todd and Becky (Mortenson) Nielsen. She moved to Mora, Minnesota with her family in 1997. Her true lasting friendships developed when they settled into this small close knit community. Throughout elementary and high school, Nifer put her musical talents to good use by playing many instruments in the school band. She was also vested in the high school drama productions. If she wasn’t singing and dancing for the audience, you could find her behind the scenes giving support and keeping things under control for her fellow thespians.
After her graduation for Mora High School in 2004, Nifer enrolled in the Anoka Ramsey Community college. It was only a short time before she decided she wanted to follow her dreams and finish school at a later time in life. The United States Marine Corp was her true calling and she enlisted as an active member. During her 7 years in the USMC, she deployed to Africa, Iraq, and Romania. She traveled the world and created bonds with her comrades that were as strong as family ties.
Nifer was preceded in death by her grandfather Ronald A. Mortenson.
She is survived by her mother, Becky Nielsen; father, Todd Nielsen; sister Kristy Nielsen; brother, Christopher Nielsen; grandmother, Betty Mortensen; her “4 little freaks”, Taytum, Levi, Kennedy, and Lindsey Klink; and niece Amaya Nielsen (who she didn’t know nearly long enough); as well as many other relatives and friends.