Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home of Sutherland.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 16, 2007 at Bethel Lutheran Church of Sutherland. Rev. LeRoy Riemer will officiate the 2:30 p.m. service. Burial will be in Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland.
Casket bearers will include Ronald Nissen, Douglas Nissen, Aaron Nissen, Bruce Ahrendt, Nicholas Nissen, Daniel Nissen, Brian Ahrendt and Adam Nissen.
Elsie Marie Nissen, the daughter of Heinrich and Bertha (Schwarten) Bern, was born Feb. 6, 1913 in Kossau, by Plon, Germany. She was baptized and confirmed in Germany. After her father died, she came to America in January 1929 with her mother, two sisters and a brother, and settled in Sioux City. She worked in the home of Dr. Frederick and Mrs. Roost while living in Sioux City.
On Dec. 19, 1936, she was married to Henry Nissen. The couple farmed near Sutherland and Hartley for many years before moving into Sutherland in 1968.
Mrs. Nissen worked as a food manager for Cooper's Nursing Homes and was active in the Bethel Lutheran Church, the Quilting Ladies, the Lamp Lighters, the Lutheran Braille Workers, and Straight Eight Card Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henry, her sisters: Frieda Ruschmann and Emmy Petersen; her brother, Walter Bern Sr., two sons: Richard and Gerald Nissen; and a grandson, Neal Nissen.
Elsie Nissen is survived by her three children: Alfred Nissen and his wife, Cheryl, of Cedar Falls, Marlene Ahrendt and her husband, Stanley, of Sioux City, and Norman Nissen and his wife, Mary, of Aurelia. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.