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Audrey M. Nord, 89

Audrey Mavone Nord, age 89, of Cokato, died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Cokato Manor.

She was born in Winfield Township, Renville County, Nov. 23, 1919, the daughter of Martin and Maude (Hoff) Sweiven. Audrey was baptized at First Lutheran Church, Renville, and confirmed from Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo.

Audrey entered the Maynard Elementary School and at the age of nine, her family moved to Buffalo, where she completed high school in 1937. Audrey graduated from St. Cloud State College and she furthered her education with courses from the Universities of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

For 22 years Audrey taught elementary students in Sacred Heart, Bloomington, Willmar, Howard Lake, and Waverly, and she also substituted in Cokato and in the Redwood Falls Schools.

Audrey and Oswald Nord were married June 30, 1946, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Sacred Heart. They were blessed with two sons, Paul and Gerald; and a daughter, Barbara.

Audrey was a member of Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. She had taught Sunday school, released-time education, summer Bible school, and for a number of years had sung in the church choirs.

She had served as a Girl Scout leader and held offices in the American Legion and in the Disabled American Veterans auxiliaries. She was a past-member of the Sons of Norway Lodge.

Audrey is survived by her sons, Paul (Marilyn) of Arnold, CA; and Gerald (Beth) of Mendota Heights; her daughter, Barbara (Stephen) Senn of Minnetonka; five grandsons: Brian (Gina), Todd (Sandy), and Michael (Amy) Nord, Patrick (Amy) Senn, and Samuel Nord; two granddaughters, Kristine (Seth) Bollinger and Amy Nord; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by numerous cousins; one brother-in-law; one sister-in-law; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and by an infant sister.

Funeral services took place Tuesday, April 28 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, with the Rev. Michael Nelson officiating. Music was provided by organist Karen Anderson and soloists Samuel Nord and Amy Thostenson. Interment was at the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.