Mary 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.