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Mia Lisa Besemann, of Finlayson, passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021 as the result of an auto accident.  She was 58 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the Trailview School in Mora with Rev. Gus Schill officiating.


VISITATION will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, December 10, 2021 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and again 1 hour prior to the service at Trailview School.

INURNMENT AT A LATER DATE in the Perida Cemetery near Webster, Wisconsin.

MEMORIALS are preferred to the family, in lieu of flowers.

Mia Besemann of McGrath passed away December 2, 2021 as the result of a car accident. She was 58 years old.

Mia was born in Minneapolis on February 11, 1963, the daughter of Berenice (Larson) and Oscar Quernemoen. Prior to marrying Anthony Nehotte in 1984, Mia worked in food service at Dayton’s and the Hopkins House. Mia and Tony initially made their home in the Twin Cities and had four daughters, Amanda, Ashley, Ariel and Amber. The family moved to Mora while the girls were young.

After that marriage ended, Mia and her girls and their cat Smudge were living at their home on Fish Lake when she met a neighbor, Rick Besemann. Mia and Rick were married in 1999 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mora, and she became a spare-mom to Rick’s children Vaughn and Caitlin. Mia and Rick made their home at Fish Lake for a few years before moving to their home located on 26 acres on the Snake River outside of McGrath.

Mia was a fun-loving, devoted Christian wife, mother and grandmother. She loved the Lord with all her heart and studied her Bible and prayed daily.

Mia was a hard worker and liked to stay busy getting stuff done. She was school bus driver for 27 years and also worked in the kitchen at Trailview School in Mora. For ten summers she cooked at Camp Heartland outside of Willow River, MN. One summer she ended the season by cooking at the Heartland Camp in the Malibu Hills, CA. Mia took care to feed and care for everyone. She maintained friendships for decades and made fast friends with many of the adults, youth and children everywhere she worked and played.

She and Rick raised all kinds of birds, chickens to ducks to exotics, the occasional ferret, cow and sometimes goats, lots of cats and dogs including her current cat Gizmo and her favorite dog Chewy, plus Puddy, Wookie, Vader, Odie and Kia. They gardened and canned and fished and hunted together and recently built their dream deer stand, complete with carpeting and lounge chairs.

Mia was also an adventurer, maintaining her pilot’s license for years, playing in mud puddles or swimming with the grandkids and always ready for a road trip whether it was to visit the grandchildren, drive to a school food service conference or go to a swap or pigeon show with Rick to ‘Maybe sell a few birds.’ And they would almost always come home with more than they sold.

Mia was preceded in death by her parents, Berenice and Oscar Quernemoen, brother Brent Quernemoen and cousins Cindy Zepeda and Mike Quernemoen.

Mia is survived by her husband Rick Besemann, her children Amanda (John) Barrie – Ethan, Oliver, Jesse; Ashley (Chad) Hanson – Taylor and Elijah; Ariel Nehotte; Amber (Dillon) Crum – Judah and Luka; Vaughn Besemann and Darla Nelson; Caitlin Besemann and Jason Lindenfelser – Natalia. She is also survived by her siblings Lois Taylor, Frederick ‘Dutch’ Quernemoen, Linnea Koska, Bradford (Nicki) Quernemoen, Kirsten (Tom) See, Kari Ervin and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

12 thoughts on “MIA L. BESEMANN”

  1. Rick…
    We were so sorry to hear of Mia’s accident & loss.
    Our heart goes out to you.
    Dave & Margie Bertilson

  2. So sorry to hear of Mia’s passing. She was a wonderful person and friend.
    Rick… So sorry for your loss!

    Amanda,Ashley,Ariel and Amber
    Your Mother will be forever be in your hearts and life…even if she’s no longer in our physical world.Hugs to you all

  3. Rick, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. We have been praying for you and your family.
    Howard & Lynna

  4. Good night sweet princess! My hope is that we will see you in the morning on the other side of Jordan! You were loved and your memory will be cherished. May God bless and comfort all who have been affected by your tragic departure from this earth. God is love and He knows the number of our days. We will miss you!

  5. Rick,

    Mora Public Schools will miss Mia and the work she did each day to help our students get to school and eat a healthy meal. Mia was a special person too many at Mora Public Schools and we will never forget the impact she made on all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
    Dan Voce, Superintendent Mora Schools.

  6. It truly is “A Beautiful Day in your Neighborhood” sweet lady. The good angels always fly up first and you’re one of them. You will be missed but I know you are happy in the arms of Jesus.

  7. Barbara and Kent Houck Prayers and love to all the family and to our grandchildren Amber and Dillon and great grandchildren, Judah and Luda. We love you all so much; may God continue to bless you and comfort you during this time of loss and grief.

    Pops and Gigi

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