Margaret B. Nesje
Margaret B. Nesje, 96, Lake Mills, formerly of Scarville, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice, Mason City. A private funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, Lake Mills, with Pastor Kevin Olson officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Scarville.Visitation for Margaret will be Friday, July 31, from 5-7 p.m. at Mittelstadt Funeral Home. The visitation is open to the public, but please adhere to current COVID provisions for everyone’s well-being. Face coverings are required and social distancing guidelines are recommended.
Margaret Burlette (Bendickson) Nesje was born July 24, 1923 on a farm East of Scarville, to parents Melvin and Hilda (Bakke) Bendickson. She graduated from Scarville High School.
On Sept. 1, 1944 she married Nels C. Nesje, and they were blessed with three children: Robert, DeLores and Marlene. Margaret worked at Fleetguard Industries for 29 years.
She enjoyed bowling and was active in bowling leagues with Nels for many years. Her love of music led her to play piano and organ for over 60 years. She once said she provided music for over 200 funerals and 100 weddings in various churches over the years. She had been an active member of Bethel Church in Vinje, teaching Sunday school, directing the choirs and providing music for the services for many years.
Margaret’s greatest love was her organ and piano playing, and we know it broke her heart when she had to stop. Now she is playing for everyone in heaven.
Survivors include her two daughters: DeLores (Marty) Hacker, Twin Lakes, Minn.; and Marlene (Jeff) Hermanson, Lake Mills; grandchildren: MeLissa Hacker, Allen Hacker, Anthony (Jessica) Hacker, Chelsey (Nathan) Ostrander, Zach Peterson, Tyrell Hermanson and Tel Hermanson; great-grandchildren: Patyn Hacker, Oliver Hacker, Hayden Ostrander, and Callen Ostrander; along with many extended relatives and friends.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parent;, husband, Nels; son Robert; and a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Joan Bendickson.