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Leatrice Nielsen, 88

Leatrice Lou Nielsen, age 88, of Dassel, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at the Legacy of Delano in Delano.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with interment in the spring.

There will be a time to gather with the family at the church Saturday, one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel.

Leatrice was born June 18, 1928, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Henry Sylvan and Ardis Florence (Dahlin) Hoover. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith, and later confirmed at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Leatrice grew up in Minneapolis, where she attended school and graduated from Roosevelt High School.

She was united in marriage to Ewald “Wally” Nielsen in July of 1946, in Minneapolis. The couple made their home in Minneapolis and Bloomington, before they decided to move to Sweden in the mid 1960s. They lived in Sweden for six months before moving back to Minneapolis. In 1974, they settled on a small farm near Dassel.

Leatrice was ahead of the healthy living lifestyle when the family went organic and Leatrice grew and canned all of the family food. They raised chickens, sheep, rabbits, cattle, and had riding horses. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and knitting, and was a master gardener.

Leatrice loved to sing, and was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church choir for several years. She had also been a member of the Dassel Leikarring Norwegian Folk Dance Group. She took up running and ran a marathon at the age of 60.

Leatrice and Wally had biked throughout the state of Minnesota, and took a bicycle adventure with their daughter, Judith, biking throughout Europe and through the Alps. Leatrice had an adventurous spirit, and loved to share her adventures with her husband and her family.

She is survived by her children, Bertil (Tammy) Nielsen of Delano, Linda (Robert) Sathre of Two Harbors, and Judith Nielsen of Bavaria, Germany; five grandchildren, Jon Sathre, Autumn Thull, Sadie Nielsen, Elena Nielsen, and Andrew Nielsen; three great-grandchildren, Lilix Gustafson, Zepplin Thull, and Luna Thull; and a brother, Gary Hoover, of Richfield.

Leatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Ewald “Wally” Nielsen; her son, Jan Nielsen in September of 2014; and her parents.

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