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Fairmont, MN

Services for Nellie Jane Goerndt, 93, of Fairmont, MN, will be 1:30p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017, at the St. Johns United Church of Christ in Fairmont. Burial will be following the service at the Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. Visitation will be 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017, at the Lakeview Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the time of service at the church. Nellie passed away Sunday afternoon, August 6, 2017, at Truman Senior Living in Truman, MN. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Nellie Jane (Sackett) Goerndt was born on December 4, 1923, in Nashville Township, rural Martin County, MN, the daughter of Clarence and Carrie (Schleinnger) Sackett. She grew up in Winnebago, MN, and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Winnebago on March 31, 1937. She received her education attending the Winnebago Public School.
On January 31, 1942, Nellie was united in marriage to Elmer Goerndt at her parents home. Together the couple made their home on a farm in Pleasant Prairie Township where they would farm for the next 55 years and were blessed with four children, Raymond, Carolyn, Kenneth, and Eugene.
After retiring in July 2001, Nellie moved to Fairmont where she was a member of the St. Johns United Church of Christ serving on the Naomi Circle and Womens Guild. She was also a member of the Pleasant Prairie Ladies Club and East Chain Breakfast Club in addition to chaperoning for many school trips for East Chain School.
Nellie loved life on the farm and cherished the summer months when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would come for extended visits. She also enjoyed her quiet time spent tending to her beautiful flowers that she grew on the farm.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Carolyn Pankake and husband, Gary of Mapleton, MN, Kenneth Goerndt and wife, Becky of Fairmont, MN, and Eugene Goerndt and wife, Sue of Fairmont, MN; grandchildren, Jerimy (Christy) Kuhns, Jon Kuhns, Tom Pankake, Tim (Cassie) Pankake, Travis (Melissa) Goerndt, Matt (Britney) Goerndt, Callie (Ben) Austin, Brady Goerndt, Carrie (Mark) Westcott, Jarrod (Sommer) Goerndt, Derek (Kaylene) Goerndt,; god child, Sue Philipp; great-grandchildren, Zack Kuhns, Hailey Kuhns, Tymrie Pankake, Keegan Kuhns, Hannah Goerndt, Maia Goerndt, Tyler Goerndt, Alexa Steele, Whytnie Goerndt, Savannah Goerndt, Louis Goerndt, Taylor Austin, Alyssa Westcott, Andrea Westcott, Nolyn Goerndt, Alyvia Goerndt, Camryn Goerndt, and Mya Goerndt; great-great-grandchildren, Mason Martin, Kenlie Martin and Rylan Kuhns,; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Carrie Sackett; husband, Elmer Goerndt; son, Raymond Goerndt; sister, Mable Stauffer; as well as many in-laws.
Published on August 8, 2017
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