July 16, 1923 - June 1, 2019
Mary Ann Melquist age 95 of Northfield, Minnesota passed away Saturday, June 1 at the Northfield Retirement Community. Mary Ann Was born on July 16, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN. to parents Ellen Nelson (Olson) and Ed Nelson. She was the 5th child. Her family moved to Wisconsin for a short time. When Mary Ann was 4 years old her mother and siblings moved in with her uncles on a farm outside of Gibbon, MN and that is where she was raised.
Mary Ann received her education through the 8th grade in a country school outside of the Gibbon area. Following her 8th grade graduation she attended Winthrop High School. She lived in Winthrop with her sister, Bea, and brother-in-law, Richard Miller working as a waitress in their café, Barn Stall. She talked about a summer job she had caring for the children of a beautician. After high School she moved to Gibbon, MN and lived in an apartment with her sister-in-law, Lavona. MaryAnn and Lavona worked in the bakery in Gibbon.
Mary Ann married Rudy Melquist on October 27, 1945 in the Swedish Lutheran Church in Gibbon. She was a type of hero we don’t honor enough. Back in WWII families did not hear what was going on in the front lines of Africa and Italy like we hear now during war times. However, Mary Ann’s faith and spirit carried through tough times in her life and made her the strong zesty woman we came to love and admire. Rudy was home only 13 days from the war prior to his wedding day. In those 13 days she planned a wedding, had 3 showers and bought a wedding gown. I would like to see a young lady nowadays pull that off. After she was married, she stayed home to raise her children. She worked years at Sears on Lake Street in Minneapolis as an auditor. Mary Ann was active in a number of organizations; DAV, DFL, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Military Order of the Purple Heart. She held the position of State President of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Purple Heart. Mary Ann and Rudy spent many hours volunteering at the Veteran’s homes and hospitals spending time with the men and women who served for our freedom. Mary Ann and Rudy enjoyed many fun filled years of retirement before he passed away on December 19, 2007. Soon after his death, Mary Ann moved to Northfield Retirement Community in Northfield, MN. MaryAnn loved water exercising at the Northfield Senior Center and motivated others at the retirement center to become devoted to exercising.
She is survived by children Gary, Brent (Brenda), Paula (John) Case; grandchildren Jeramiah (Sarah), Autumn, Charlie (Jenny), Jacob (Betsy) and Alex; great grandchildren, Addison, Kaiden, Brienna, Sierrah, Caleb, Kayla, Christian, Maggie, Rachel, Cayson and Cooper.
Celebration of Life
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Family will greet friends one hour before the celebration
Morris Nilsen Chapel
6527 Portland Avenue
Richfield, Minnesota 55423
Celebration of Life
Friday, June 28, 2019
Northfield Retirement Community
910 Cannon Valley Drive
Northfield, Minnesota 55057