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Violet Mae Nilson

December 26, 1933 — February 4, 2023

Violet (Vi) Mae Nilson, Formerly of Sheyenne, ND died peacefully on February 4th, 2023, in at her home in Grand Forks, ND with family by her side.

Violet was born on December 26, 1933, in Elmer, ND the daughter of Henry and Eva (Heinz) Vannatta. Spent many years in New Rockford, ND raising her two daughters till meeting her future husband Wayne R. Nilson of Sheyenne, ND. Moving to rural Sheyenne where they farmed side by side in Rock Township until their retirement.

One of the many activities she loved was bowling for 27 years. Sewing, baking, and visiting her many friends in New Rockford and Sheyenne. Served on various committees at Grace Lutheran for many years. After the passing of her husband Wayne in 2015, Vi moved to Grand Forks, ND to be closer to family.

Enjoying her new apartment life with meeting new friends, having coffee clutches, and doing puzzles. Vi enjoyed baking for her friends, shopping and eating out with family.

Vi is survived by her two daughters Lois (Dan) Strehlow, Hastings, MN, and Cheryl (Paul) Zafke, Emerado, ND; six granddaughters Crystal (Tim) Geier, Fort Myers, FL, Cybil Nelson, Lauren (Mark) Grimm, Carmel Valley, CA, Leigh Strehlow, Fairbanks, AK, Diana Strehlow, Australia, and Ciara Zafke, Grand Forks, ND. Vi also has five great-grandchildren Zachary and Jocelyn Geier, Marley Wayne Strehlow Pagel, Logan and Eva Grimm; Two brothers; Julius and twin brother Vernon. Sister Linda, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her Husband Wayne, parents Henry and Eva, Brother Lyle and Sister Bernice.

Vi's wishes were to be cremated and a grave-side service is planned for Vi at a later date this summer In Sheyenne, North Dakota.

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