Vernice A. Nielsen, 94, of Oberon, N.D., died Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at the Carrington Health Center in Carrington.
Vernice A. Nielsen, 94, of Oberon, N.D., died Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at the Carrington Health Center in Carrington. Funeral services were Saturday, November 3 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Oberon with Pastor Natasha Woitzel-Kolles officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery at Oberon. Active casket bearers were her grandsons, Barry, Corey & Jeremy Ploium, Christopher Kirby, Andrew, Adam, Alexander, Jason and Casey Nielsen. Honorary bearers were her granddaughters, Karen Figg, Sarah Tollefson, Rachel Nielsen, Jodi Pike, Sheri Ploium, Adrienne Kirby, Angie Clarke and the members of the Gerald A. Haskins American Legion Auxiliary Post #122 of Oberon. Music was from Cindy Hegland, organist and Jared Kolles, vocalist. Vernice Audrey Burgess was born November 11, 1917 in Minnewaukan, ND at the family home. She was the second of four children born to Hulda Katherine Geske & Isaac Derwood Burgess. She was reared and educated in Minnewaukan. The family spent a couple of years living near the Geske family ranch northeast of Oberon. Vernice worked in her early years as a housekeeper for Charlie Olson and Walter & Clarabell McDonald. She also helped maintain the family home. On June 17, 1941 Vernice married Jens Nielsen at the Sheyenne Parsonage. After her marriage, she was confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Oberon. Vernice helped Jens at the Nielsen Butcher Shop. Following their marriage, they lived in Oberon and moved into their lifelong home in 1942. Vernice worked at the Oberon School in her later years and served lunches at the Oberon Senior Center. One of her greatest loves was sharing time and fellowship with her family and friends around her dining room table. Vernice loved to bake, cook, garden and sew. She was very creative in fixing and repairing things. Vernice and Jens enjoyed traveling together in their later years. Vernice was an active member of Calvary LCW and Rebekkah Lodge. She was also a member of the Gerald A. Haskins American Legion Post #122 Auxiliary and the Oberon Senior Center group. Vernice lived in her home until October 29, 2012. She leaves to mourn in her passing, her children, Eugene (Janice) Nielsen, Reynolds, N.D.; Eloise (Kenny) Ploium, Oberon, N.D.; Junita (Jake) Goertzen, Horndean, Man.; Kirby (Mary) Nielsen, Fargo; her brother, Lloyd Burgess, Minnewaukan; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Vernice was preceded in death by her husband, Jens (1987); son, Rodney Nielsen (2006); brothers, Eugene Burgess (1995) and Derwood “Dody” Burgess (1985); and her parents, Isaac and Hulda Burgess. Online condolences may be left at www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com The Nelson Funeral Home, Minnewaukan, is in charge of arrangements.