Nelda Rutjes

Born: Sun., Nov. 3, 1940
Died: Fri., Oct. 23, 2020

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Nelda Marie Rutjes, 79, Mankato, died Friday, October 23, 2020 at Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center in Mankato.  Private family services will be held.  Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  Online condolences may be left at  In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS) or VINE Faith in Action

Nelda was born November 3, 1940 to Ed & Clara Neegaard in Amboy.  She graduated from Amboy High School in 1958.  Nelda was united in marriage to James Charles Rutjes on December 8, 1959 in Kasota.  She retired from Midwest Electric where she worked for many years.  In her free time Nelda enjoyed watching Minnesota sports, especially the Vikings and the Twins.  She also very much loved her grandchildren and taking care of her dog, Harley.

She is survived by children, Michele (Joe) Cole and Michael (Cheri) Rutjes; grandsons, Christopher Cole and Nathaniel Cole; siblings, Doris (Dick) Jans, Ileen (Denny) Bonneson, David Neegaard, Duane Neegaard; and many nieces and nephews.

Nelda is preceded in death by her husband; and siblings, Delbert Neegard, Donnie Neegaard and Lois Oachs.

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Vicky Holzinger Skaff
   Posted Sun October 25, 2020
Michele, Michael, & your Families;

My family extends our heartfelt sympathy to you and your families. May the happiest memories of your Mom brighten your days.

I will always remember, with fondness, your Mom & Dad at the barn dances, as well as at other gatherings!

Vicky, Steve & Kids

Gayle Baumgardt Rohdr
   Posted Mon October 26, 2020
So sorry for your families loss. Loved the picture used, her great smile was fun to see again. I have some fond memories of our school years and staying over night at your homes.

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