Ethel A. Nereson, 92, Fargo, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2009 in the Palliative Care Unit of Meritcare Hospital, Fargo. Ethel Anna Nereson was born to Emil and Martha (Jahnke) Piper on May 30, 1917 in rural Davenport, North Dakota. She attended school in that area, graduating from Casselton High School in 1936. She attended Minnesota State University, Moorhead, graduating in 1946. Ethel taught school in Page and Michigan, North Dakota before traveling to Burbank, California where she taught for a time. She also taught in Frankfurt and Munich, Germany and Northern Japan before returning to the U.S. where she taught in Milwaukee, Santa Fe, and, finally, Los Alamos, New Mexico. At that point she completed her Masters degree at the University of New Mexico. Ethel married Arnold T. Nereson on February 20, 1957 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They traveled extensively in many countries and throughout the U.S. They lived in Los Alamos, New Mexico for 23 years. After retiring they moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and in 2000 they came to Fargo. Arnold preceded Ethel in death in 2004. Ethel enjoyed traveling, sewing, knitting, and participation in her Church, Atonement Lutheran, in Fargo. Ethel's family would like to extend their special thanks to Hospice of the Red River Valley, The Roger Maris Cancer Center, 7th Floor Oncology staff, and a special thank you to Kaili Jacobson at Meritcare who helped her through a difficult time. Ethel is survived by her son, Bruce (Janice) Nereson, Fargo; Grandchildren Sarah and Ben Nereson; sister, Myrtle Horn, Anchorage, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, parents, brothers, Irvin Piper and Clarence Piper, and sisters, Adella Ritter, Elfie Friese, Fern Harmon, and Florence Thompson. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, 2009 at Atonement Lutheran Church. Visitation will be in the church one hour before the funeral. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Fargo. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home Online guestbook at

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