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Grace Leeann Niebuhr, age 80, of Wells, MN, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. A funeral service will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, at 10:30 AM, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells, MN, with Pastor Mary Iverson officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, April 20, from 4 - 8 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.brussheitner.com.
Grace was born July 24, 1936, in Foster Twp., Faribault Co., MN, the daughter of George Harold and Alice (Beyer) Courrier. In 1952 the family moved to rural Wells, where Grace attended school. She remained in Wells the rest of her life. She graduated from Wells High School in 1953, and attended the College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis. On August 2, 1958, Grace was united in marriage to Benhardt Niebuhr at United Brethren Church in Wells, MN, and to this union 2 children were born, Brad and Ellie. Grace worked as a medical technician at local clinics for 42 years, retiring in 1998.
After her husband's death in 1997, she moved to the Broadway Apartments in Wells. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Naeve Hospital Foundation. She was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, church council member, on the Women's Organization, and past President of the Congregation. She was also a past member of the Board of Directors of Naeve Hospital. Grace enjoyed her activities at the church, as well as reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing bridge, traveling and watching Jeopardy. She loved spending time with her friends and family, especially her five grandchildren. She attended many of their events and activities over the years. Grace had a deep faith in the Lord, was an avid reader of the Bible, and loved her church.
Grace is survived by her children: Bradley (Kathleen) Niebuhr of Albert Lea, MN, Ellen (Terry) Sveine of New Ulm, MN; grandchildren Elizabeth (Andrew) Thomes, Chelsey (Mark) Zoller, and Sarah Niebuhr, Steve (Sarah) Sveine and Sam (fiancé Tara) Sveine; in-laws: Shirley (Newell) Courrier, Irene (Wenthold) Niebuhr, Ray (Charlene) Harris; and many nieces, nephews, and their families.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben; siblings: Madonna, and husband Orvin Tveit, and Edward Courrier; and in-laws: Richard Niebuhr, Lavonne, and husband George Lenort.
Published on April 17, 2017
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