August 30, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm with a prayer service at 7:00pm
August 31, 2017
Pat passed away on August 26, 2017 at the Hillsboro Medical Center Nursing Home at the age of 92, surrounded by her loving family.
Orella “Pat” Nysveen was born on September 24, 1924, the daughter of Henry and Mina (Waslien) Nysveen, in Hillsboro over the present drug store. She attended country school her first eight years in Norway Township. She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1942. She graduated from Mayville State University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and Music.
Pat taught 32 years in Norway Township Country Schools, Forest River, Finley, Fargo, Hettinger and Hillsboro – all in North Dakota. While teaching in Fargo she became a charter member of the North Dakota Music Educators Association. She was honored at their 40th Anniversary in 1987, by being inducted into the NDMEA Hall of Fame with the other 22 charter members. The plaque hangs in the State Capital in Bismarck.
She studied violin for 10 years with Ralph Matesby at UND which gave her the opportunity to play with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony while teaching in Fargo. Her musical interest remained the focal point of her life as she taught music, directed church choirs, taught violin lessons, played in string groups and sang in small groups. Pat married Robert Woods on July 7, 1950 at Norway Lutheran Church, rural Hillsboro. They moved to Hettinger for 10 years and then to Hillsboro where she resided until her death.
Pat was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church participating in many activities. She was a member of a women’s trio for over 50 years. She has been a member of the Hillsboro Women’s Club since 1959, Traill County Historical Society, Legion Auxiliary, North Dakota Music Association, and the Retired Teachers Association. Pat was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served many years as Mother Advisor of the International Order of Rainbow Girls and served as their Rainbow State Mom in 1979.
Pat’s love of teaching and family has always been evident in the example of her life. Her love of music for life-long enrichment was the legacy she left for us. We have all enjoyed many of Pat’s creative endeavors.
Pat is survived by her children – William (Joni) Woods of Grand Forks, ND; Mary Larson of Hillsboro; and Richard Woods of Hillsboro; her grandchildren – Tammy (Michael) Yarber, Kathryn Larson, and Heather Woods; and two very special great-grandsons – Jaxon and Mavrik Yarber. Also surviving is her brother, Duane (Shirley) Nysveen; her sisters-in-law, Lorna Nysveen and Donna Woods; her brother-in-law, John “Phil” Woods; and many nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” who passed on December 9, 2009; her brothers – Jerome (Aagot) Nysveen and Myron Nysveen; her sister-in-law, Louise (Howard) Dunlop; and her brothers-in-law, Dallas Woods and Raymond Woods.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, the Hillsboro Medical Center, or to a charity of choice.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 1 PM Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro
VISITATION: 5-7 PM Wednesday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro
PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Wednesday at the church
BURIAL: Private family burial will take place at the Norway Church Cemetery near Hillsboro.
** PLEASE NOTE **
All friends and former students of Pat’s are invited to join in singing with the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Choir for her funeral service. Rehearsal will take place on Wednesday evening at 8 PM at the church following her prayer service. All are welcome to join!