MARY JO NISSEN

M. Nissen webPhotoMary Jo Nissen, of Mora, formerly of St. Paul and Linwood, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at her home.  She was 72 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Rev. Bob Bohachek and Rev. Mike Herzog officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

INTERMENT will be in the Fish Lake Cemetery of Mora.

MEMORIALS are preferred to the Fish Lake Chapel Sunday School

Mary Jo (Rascher) Nissen, of Mora Minnesota, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 4, 2013 after a hard fought battle with cancer. Her battle ended in her home on Knife Lake with family near her side. She was 72 years old.

Mary Jo was born on June 5, 1941 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Fritz and Catherine (Norman) Rascher. She grew-up in St. Paul, MN and taught swimming and lifeguarded at the YWCA. She attended boarding school and then St Joseph’s Academy where she graduated in 1959. After high school, she attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, IA where she met Andreas Nissen of La Mars, IA and they were married February 23, 1963. They had four children. Mary Jo and Andy moved often before settling in Cedar, Minnesota in 1969 where they raised their family.  Mary Jo returned to college in 1981 and graduated from St Mary’s University in Winona, MN in 1986, having earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology. Mary Jo worked as a counseling psychologist and taught at Lakewood Community College (now Century College) in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. In 2002, Mary Jo and Andy retired to Knife Lake in Mora.

Mary Jo came to know the Lord in 1969. She was active in her church, Sunnyside Free Lutheran in Stacy, MN and then Fish Lake Chapel in Mora, MN. She was also active in the Mora homeschool community. Throughout her life, Mary Jo mentored many young adults, taught swimming and guitar, and passionately loved helping children learn and grow. Mary Jo enjoyed cooking, scrapbooking, quilting, music, flowers, and mostly time with friends and family.  Mary Jo will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, younger sister Michele Bear.

Mary Jo is survived by her loving husband, Andreas of Mora; son, Christopher (Debra) Nissen, daughters, Carla (Gene) Anderson, Cathryn Nissen, and Kim Nissen; grandchildren, Carl, Amber, Mark (Heather), Andrea ,Sarah, Miranda, Andreas, Laura Lynn; great-granddaughter Katelynn; older sister Patricia Weber; 20 nieces and nephews; numerous other relatives; and countless friends.

A Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Rev. Bob Bohachek and Rev. Mike Herzog officiating.  Music was provided by Kari Lilientha, Wendell and Laurel Johnson, Amber and Andrea Anderson, and Sarah Nissen.  Interment was in the Fish Lake Cemetery in Mora.  All monetary gifts are to be given to the Fish Lake Chapel Sunday School programs.

7 guestbook entries for MARY JO NISSEN

  1. Linda Knosalla July 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    I will always remember her willingness to help with Bible School goodies. She was a phenomenal cook. She was a gracious and warm host at her home and always made you feel comfortable. Our prayers are with the whole family. May we be comforted by the thought that she will be in heaven with her Heavenly Father. Love to our Fish Lake Chapel friend, Linda and David Knosalla

  2. Chris Rocheford July 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Mary Jo loved to share her blessings and talent with everyone from making everyone she met feel like a part of the family to her love of cooking for others. She will be missed, however her star continues to shine in memories of her. Prayers and blessings to the Nissen family.

  3. Marla McPherson July 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Kim and Family, I am sorry for your loss. I know how much your Mother meant to you. I am glad you were able to take time off to be with her. Know I am thinking of you and may your many happy memories comfort you now and always.

  4. Dave and DiAnna Thingelstad July 8, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    Dear Andy and Family,
    You are in our prayers for strength and comfort at this very hard time. Mary Jo was a special person; always making other feel like family. We will treasure the memories of the times we spent with her. She showed such grace and courage as she fought the battle with cancer so gallantly. She will be missed by so many, but we all know she is in a place where there is no more pain and suffering. May God bless you! Love Dave and DiAnna

  5. Debbie (Wettschreck) Solomon July 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Romans 15:13 is my prayer for family. My life was wonderfully impacted (for eternity) by Mary Jo–music, swimming, life with Jesus. She will be greatly missed on earth. Look forward to the heavenly reunion. God bless you all–Andy, Kim, Cathy, Chris….so many others. May the Lord wrap His comforting arms around you.

  6. Pat Lindberg July 14, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I feel so blessed to have known Mary Jo. She was a colleague, a friend and a mentor to me. We worked together as psychologists when I was just at the beginning of my career. Mary Jo was an amazing psychologist. She was able to explore the inner depths of being human in a way that was so real, so truthful, and so wise. All this with her own adorable humility and humor. I learned so much of what was really important from her. I hope her spirit continues to be with you always.

  7. Lynette Hyndman July 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    We are so sorry for your loss of your beautiful wife! We are also sorry that none of us were able to attend the funeral. We will miss Mary Jo. We hope that God will comfort you at this lonely time. Lynette

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