JANET NELLIE NASSER
Janet Nellie Nasser, 92, a long-time resident of Park Rapids, peacefully passed into eternity Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 surrounded by her loved ones at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids.
Janet was born Aug. 20, 1921 in Edgerton to John and Ella (Wilcox) VanDen Eykel. She attended country school near Lebanon, S.D. through the seventh grade.
She moved with her parents to a farm south of Akeley, in 1934. It was there that Janet finished her public schooling at the White Oak District Country School.
As a young woman, Janet helped on her parent's farm and did house cleaning for several neighbors and an area restaurant.
Janet was united in marriage to John Christian Nasser at First English Lutheran Church in Dorset, April 3, 1946. This union was blessed with five children, Robert Soren, Kenneth John, Donald Harry, Gary James and Jeanne Kristine.
The Nasser family made their home in Henrietta Township where they farmed full-time until 1958. Janet worked along-side her husband in milking their cows, and caring for their livestock. She dedicated herself to making a warm and loving home for her husband and children. She was a wonderful cook and baker who will be long remembered for her delicious homemade cinnamon rolls, donuts and cookies.
Each spring, she looked forward to planting a large vegetable garden which she would nurture into fruitful abundance to preserve for her growing family. She also enjoyed raising beautiful flowers into colorful splendor for all to see and enjoy.
For a number of years, Janet opened her home and heart to raising foster children. She enjoyed working at Sunset Nursing Home from 1977 until her retirement in 1988.
Janet was an accomplished seamstress who loved to sew dresses for her daughter and shirts and suit coats for her boys. She enjoyed knitting many sweaters as gifts for family and friends. She also spent countless hours quilting and crocheting.
As a mom, Janet endured deep and painful grief in the death of her young son, Kenneth, who died in a tragic accident in 1958, and again the death of her 10-year old son, Donny, who died of leukemia in 1964.
Above all, Janet was a very faithful member of the First English Lutheran Church in Dorset and she loved the Lord and her family with all her heart.
Janet will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Jeanne (Bruce) Massie of Park Rapids; two sons, Robert Nasser and Gary Nasser both of Park Rapids; three grandchildren, Tiffany (Ryan) Ruiz of Frazee and John and Riley Massie of Park Rapids; one great- granddaughter, Rilynn Ruiz of Frazee; very special nephew, Richard VanDen Eykel of Akeley; and her dear special care provider, Bev Sherman, of Park Rapids; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975; her two sons, Kenneth and Donny; two brothers, Roger and Henry; and two sisters,: Anna May and Harriet.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at First English Lutheran Church in Dorset with Rev. Chris Davis officiating. The organist will be Lila Kalish.
Casket bearers: John Massie, Riley Massie, Richard VanDen Eykel, Rita Holland, Dacle Schmid Jr., Jerry Weaver, Vern Massie and Craig Rittgers.
Interment: in the Nasser family plot located in the Greenwood Cemetery of Park Rapids.
Visitation: 5 - 8 p.m. Monday, October 7, at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home also one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Following the service a luncheon will be hosted by the First English Lutheran Church.
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