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Ruby J. Nordell

Ruby J. Nordell, age 98, of Annandale, died Friday, May 4, 2007 while residing at the Dassel Lakeside Nursing Home.

She was born Nov. 22, 1908 in Dassel, to Charles and Lydia (Lundin) Johnson.

Ruby graduated as valedictorian from Dassel High School, and as a registered nurse from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

She worked at both the University Hospital and Minneapolis General Hospital, where she was the nurse supervisor in the emergency room, earning the respect of many doctors and nurses.

Ruby and her husband, Wilbur, lived in Minneapolis, and then Edina for 40 years, and were active members of 1st Evangelical Free Church, Hospitality House, and Young Life.

They retired to Lake Sylvia, near Annandale, in 1972, where they continued to live out their strong Christian faith through service at the Annandale Free Church, in the community, and to their extended families.

Ruby had many interests including flower gardening, ceramics, sewing, knitting, water color painting and music. She began playing the violin at age 70 to keep up with her grandchildren.

Ruby had the gift of hospitality, and she and Wilbur shared their home, their love of life, and their faith in Jesus with many.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; brother Rudolf Johnson; and sisters Doris Birt, Vera Johnson, and Eleanor Fillipe.

She is survived by her sons, Peter (Jan) of Minneapolis, and Mark (Chris) of Champlin; daughter Ruth Carlson (Ron) of Annandale; grandchildren Peter W. Nordell Jr. (Winnie), Amy Westermeyer (Timothy), Karen Pearson (Mark), Julie Urban (Scott), Emily Goenner (Adam), Lydia Harrison (Les), Joshua Nordell (Ashley), Naomi Nordell, and Hannah Nordell; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ruby’s life took place Wednesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at Annandale Evangelical Free Church. Interment was in Pioneer Cemetery, near Dassel.

Visitation was Tuesday, May 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Albin Chapel in Eden Prairie.

Arrangements were by the Albin Chapel in Eden Prairie.

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