Grace Bernice Lundeen, age 84, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas, TX, from complications of pneumonia.
Grace was born April 22, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, to John and Gudrun Nelson, Norwegian immigrants to the US.
She grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, north of New York City. She graduated from Croton-Harmon High School in 1947. She got her private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying out of the Croton Air Park. Then, she attended Trinity College in Minneapolis for one year, 1948-49.
At Trinity, she met Charles Lundeen of Cokato. While he continued studies at Trinity, Grace returned to New York and studied nursing at Booth Memorial Hospital in the Bronx, NYC, and received her licensed practical nurse degree in 1950.
Grace and Charles (Chuck) were married Sept. 9, 1950. They lived in Cokato, and she served as a nurse in the Cokato Hospital.
In 1958, they moved to Border, where Charles served as pastor of a small Evangelical Free Church. Following that, they moved to Croton-on-Hudson, NY, where they built a house and lived there for seven years.
In 1967, they moved back to Cokato. Grace continued working as a nurse, serving in nursing homes and as a home health nurse until her retirement.
They attended Elim Mission Church, where she served in children’s church, the Dorcas Society, and Ladies Prayer meeting.
Grace and Chuck had four children: Sharon (born in 1951), Dave (1953), Vaughn (1954), and Doug (1958).
She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Family was the focus of her life. She will be greatly missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her younger brother, Robert Nelson; one grandson, Jon Barr; and one great-grandchild, Karen Mattila.
She is survived by her husband, Charles; two brothers, Raymond and John Nelson; two sisters, Alice Odland and Doris York; her daughter, Sharon Barr; her three sons, Dave, Vaughn and Doug Lundeen; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.