Myrtle Bode

NICOLLET – Myrtle Bode, 94, of Nicollet died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at Laurels Peak Rehabilitation Center in Mankato.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nicollet with Pastor Ronald Siemers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Nicollet and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at church on Tuesday.

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Myrtle is survived by her niece, Karen Odegard of New Ulm, nephews, Robert (Cindy) Hansen of Le Sueur, Ronald (Joy) Hansen of Nicollet, Bill (Helene) Koehler of Big Arm, Montana; and by many loving great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martin on Dec. 31, 1999; sisters, Alice Chambers, Marion Koehler; brother, Wallace Hansen; a brother in infancy; and by a nephew, Charles Chambers.

Myrtle Caroline Hansen was born Dec. 15, 1918 in Granby Township, Nicollet County to Andrew and Karen (Ellingson) Hansen. She was confirmed in her faith at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nicollet and later graduated from Nicollet High School in 1936. After high school Myrtle worked in the Nicollet School office for two years and as a telephone switchboard operator at Northwestern Bell for 12 years. She was united in marriage to Martin Bode on Sept. 1, 1949 and later celebrated 50 wonderful years. Myrtle found great pleasure in sewing, making quilts, trying her hand at rosemaling, baking and making lefse. Myrtle was known as the city historian taking pride of her home town and in scrap booking.

Myrtle was a dedicated member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, senior choir and the Ladies Guild for over 50 years. She was also active in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Nicollet County Home Extension Group.

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