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Florence Ann Nyland

March 8, 1929 — August 28, 2017

   Florence Ann “Honey” Nyland, age 88, of Menahga, MN, formerly of Minneapolis, peacefully passed into the loving presence of her Lord on Monday, August 28th, 2017 surrounded by her loved ones at the Brookdale-Blaine Assisted Living Apartments.    Honey was born on March 8, 1929 in Struble, Iowa to Orville and Angela (Conklin) Giese. As a young girl of 12 years, she moved with her family to Minneapolis where she began the 7th grade at Lincoln Junior High School. She went on to graduate from North High School with the Class of 1947. As a young woman, Honey had long held the dream of becoming an airline stewardess; however, after one day meeting a handsome young man, named Arne Nyland, who swept her off her feet, her plans were quickly changed. On October 25, 1947, the two were married at St. Phillips Catholic Church in Minneapolis. Their marriage was blessed with five children: Alan Lloyd, Donald Lee, Jerry Lynn, Barbara Susan and Mitch Louis. The couple made their home in Minneapolis where Honey devoted herself to making a loving home for her husband and children. She was a wonderful cook and baker who will be long remembered for her delicious homemade beef roasts, fried fish, chipped beef with cream gravy and peas on toast and her delicious cakes. In addition to caring for her family, Honey began working as a bookkeeper for the Northwestern National Bank in a career that spanned over 27 years until suffering a cerebral hemorrhage which caused her to retire early. Shortly thereafter, they sold their home in Minneapolis and moved to Menahga where Arne built a dream lake home, known as Shenandoah Retreat on the Twin Lakes Penninsula. Although it took some adjusting from city life to life “up north”, Honey quickly fell in love with the beauty of the lakes and forests and the people. She became very involved with her community. In no time she was very involved with the work and ministry of the Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga where she put her kitchen skills to work at funerals and with the Hunters Supper each year, and she also helped prepare food for the Mid-summer festival. In addition, she donated hundreds of hours in styling and cutting hair for the residents of the Green Pine Acres Nursing Home. Honey especially looked forward to visits with her older sister, Lois Yendreski. The two loved to go out shopping or going out to eat. Above all, Honey dedicated her entire life to caring for her family who she loved with all her heart, and serving others in so many ways to show them the reality of God’s love in her life.    Honey will be lovingly remembered by her five children: Alan (Jo Christine) Nyland of Big Lake, MN; Don (Patty) Nyland of Blaine, Jerry (Janine) Nyland of Salt Lake City, Utah, Susie (Dan) Hudek of St. Francis and Mitch (Cathy) Nyland of Blaine; 14 dearly loved grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 6 precious great- great grandchildren; her sister, Dorothy Nyland of Lakeville and her brother, Bobby (Judy) Giese of Shakopee; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.    She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Billy and three sisters: Irene, Evelyn and Lois.    Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga with Father Lauren Germann officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be made in the church cemetery following the mass. A luncheon will be hosted by all following the service. To view the video tribute or to leave online condolences please visit www.cardinipearson.com
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