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Aagot Nysveen

October 18, 1919 - October 14, 2013


5-7 PM Friday, October 18, 2013 Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro

Prayer Service:

4 PM Friday, October 18, 2013 Hillsboro Medical Center Nursing Home Chapel

7 PM Friday, October 18, 2013 Our Savior's Lutheran Church

Funeral Service:

10 AM Saturday, October 19, 2013 Our Savior's Lutheran Church


Norway Lutheran Church Cemetery


Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

Aagot Nysveen

October 18, 1919 - October 14, 2013


Aagot Nysveen, age 93, of Hillsboro, ND died Monday, October 14, 2013, at the Hillsboro Medical Center Nursing Home. 

Aagot Nathalia Isabella Nysveen was born October 18th, 1919, to Nels and Augusta (Anderson) Lerfald, rural Hatton, ND.  She attended Morgan Rose grade school and Hatton High School, and was confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church.  She sang in the church choir and played piano.  Aagot graduated from Mayville State Teachers College with a Standard Teacher’s Certificate and taught school at Niagara, ND.

On May 15, 1942, Aagot was united in marriage to Jerome Nysveen of rural Hillsboro, ND.  Jerry and Aagot celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in the spring of 2010.

In October of 1942, Aagot joined Jerry in California and taught school near Bakersfield, CA, during WWII.  In 1948 Jerry became a bulk gas agent for Mobil Oil Company, and in 1952 they purchased Jerry’s Hiway Service and The Coffee Cup Café on Highway 81.  In 1955, Jerry and Aagot built and managed the Sunset View Motel, and in 1972 the Hillsboro Inn near the I-29 exit.  Jerry’s Hiway Service closed in 1972 when I-29 was completed. They retired from the motels in 1977, and after 28 years, from Mobil Oil.  They continued farming the Nysveen family farm in Norway Township and the Waslien family farm in Wold Township.  

Aagot was a lifelong member of Norway Lutheran Church, served in several positions on the church council, was Sunday School superintendent for 25 years, enjoyed Ladies’ Aid and WELCA, and was a leader of the Little Women 4-H Club.  She enjoyed working as a member of the Traill County Historical Society, and together they donated the land for the Traill County Historical Society Pioneer Farm Museum.  In 2003, Aagot was awarded the North Dakota Excellence in Local History Award which honors individuals who have dedicated their time, talent and efforts to local and regional history.  A plaque bearing her name hangs in the State Historical Society in Bismarck.

Aagot is survived by her son Robert (Gloria) of Fargo, and daughter, Linda (Ken) Johnson of Sheridan, Wyoming, five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law Pat Woods and Lorna Nysveen, and brother-in-law Duane (Shirley) Nysveen and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Jerome Nysveen, parents Nels and Augusta Lerfald, brothers Alvin and Reuben Lerfald, her sisters-in-law Oleen and Edith Lerfald, and brothers-in-law Myron Nysveen and Bob Woods. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Sanford Medical Center Long Term Care, Traill Country Historical Society, or to a charity of your choice.


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  1. Sidney Lerfald says:

    Charleston West VirginiaAagot will be sorely missed. She was a gracious, attentive, kind and bright 2nd mother to many of us. Every visit with her left me feeling good and looking forward to the next. Many happy memories remain. As a role model she raised the bar for the rest of us. For those of us fortunate to know her she will be forever in our thoughts.

  2. Jo Alene (Gilbertson) Glinnon says:

    Sauk Centre MN
    God speed to you sweet Aagot as you start your new journey on the otherside…If not for you I would not have my Gilbertson Roots decendents of Agatha Waslien and Anton Nyhus Gilbertson….than turns out I am related to your husband Jerry. Agatha’s son Hans was my great grandfather….who also lived in Hillsboro and was married to Emma Harrstad.
    A walking History lesson you surely were, and all were blessed that ever got to know you.

  3. Marlys Bjorgan Boll says:

    Drayton Noth DakotaAlthough Aagot was a very busy gal with history here on earth, her journey has just begun. She worked on the Bjorgan/Lerfald history with me and my family. Prayers to the family for this great lady.

  4. Cyndy Lerfald Holter says:

    Plano TXWill so miss sweet Aagot. Always a twinkle in her eye and a caring heart. I love how she listened carefully and attentively and made me feel so special. But then again, she did that w everyone.

    Her’s was a life well-lived, leaving us a rich legacy of love and Godliness to follow.

    Mange Tak, Tante Aagot

  5. John Wright says:

    Hillsboro North Dakota
    Aagot, was truly one of those people who comes into your life and leaves and indelible mark on you for the rest of your life. Her kindness and genuine concern for each person she meet was always so evident. I will cherish the years I spent working with her at the Traill County Museum and my many visits with her and discussions we had on the history of the area. Our world is a much better place because of Aagot .
    How wonderful if God would only give us more Aagots but perhaps than we would not appreciate them if they were plentiful and not a rare gift. God bless Aagots memory and may he hold her close to him. John, Teri, Krisitin, Rachel and Nicholas Wright

  6. Keith and Lorraine kaldor says:

    Audubon MnWe attended church with Aagot for many years and knew her to be such a kind loving woman. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  7. Stephanie Limke says:

    Hillsboro ND
    Aagot was one of the most beautiful women I knew both inside and out. She taught me so much and I will grieve our loss. THought go out to her biological family but her HMC family will also be missing her. Love and peace to you all.

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