Obit: Nixdorf, Lorna  #2 (1924 - 2019)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Bruce, Colby, Dray, Graff, Lange, Nixdorf, Rusch, Wait

----Source: The Tribune-Phonograph (Abbotsford, WI) 2/24/2019

Nixdorf, Lorna Mae (Colby) (8 AUG 1924 - 22 FEB 2019)

Lorna Mae Nixdorf, age 94, of Plover, formerly Abbotsford, passed away on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Whispering Pines surrounded by her loving family.

A funeral service to celebrate Lorna’s life will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford with Pastor Donald Bruce presiding. Committal services will follow in Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather on Friday at Christ Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. until time of service.

The honor of pallbearer belongs to her grandsons: Ben Nixdorf, Kraig Rusch, Jameson Rusch, Adam Nixdorf, Travis Nixdorf and Derek Nixdorf. Honorary pallbearers are her granddaughters: Erin Wait, Katie Nixdorf, Andrea Nixdorf and Laura Rusch.

Lorna (Colby) Nixdorf was born in Unity on Aug. 8, 1924, to William O. and Hermie Colby. She graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1943.She worked in La Crosse as a dental assistant and then came back to Abbotsford and worked as a dental assistant, and later at the Abby Café. It was at the Café where she met Walter Nixdorf. He worked across the street at Lamont’s. They had their first date on Feb. 14, 1948, and were married 2 weeks later on Feb. 28, 1948, in Waukon, Iowa.

They farmed in the Town of Mayville until 1970 when they moved to Abbotsford. Lorna worked at Casa Grande for several years, and then in 1965 she worked at Abbotsford High School as a cook for 26 years. She also was a co-owner of Maplewood Terrace Mobile Home Court in Abbotsford. Walter preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 1971. Her son, Walter W., preceded her in death on April 26, 2013.

She is survived by her two sons, Paul of Minn., and Allan (Mary) of Abbotsford; daughter, Vicky (Don) Rusch of Custer; daughter-in-law, Gloria Nixdorf of Dorchester; and sister-in-law, Caroline Colby.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren; Erin (Andy) Wait, Katie Nixdorf, Ben (Chrissy) Nixdorf, Adam Nixdorf, Andrea (Ben) Graff, Kraig Rusch, Jameson (Amanda) Rusch, Laura Rusch, Travis (Kayla) Nixdorf, Jeff (Rachel) Nixdorf and Derek (Ashley) Nixdorf; and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; son, Walter W.; parents, William and Hermie Colby; and siblings, Donald (Vivian) Colby, Leonard (Evelyn) Colby, Joyce (Melvin) Dray, Wilma (Julius) Lange, William Colby and two infant siblings.

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting memorials in Lorna’s name to be given to a charity which will be determined at a later date.

Her arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer.

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