Constance Marie “Connie” Nash, 93, Luverne, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Sanford Luverne Hospital.
A funeral was Friday, July 14, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Constance Overgaard was born Jan. 3, 1924, to Arne and Esther (Isaacson) Overgaard south of Luverne. She lived there for a short time and then on farms in the Lismore and Kenneth area. She attended school in Adrian. During the winter months Connie lived in Adrian with the Lund family. She did housework and child care while attending school. Connie graduated from Adrian High School in 1941. She then pursued an education in business and attended the University of Minnesota. With the outbreak of World War II, her education was cut short. She was needed back home on the farm, as her brothers left for the service.
On Feb. 11, 1944, Connie married Carl Nash in the Post Chapel of Perrin U.S. Air Force Base northwest of Sherman, Texas. They lived various places before returning to Luverne. Connie was a homemaker for many years. She worked on the side doing sewing and alterations and helped out with many parts of the business, Nash Welding & Machine, including bookkeeping. Her husband, Carl, died suddenly on Sept. 28, 1979. Connie had begun as a secretary to the Luverne High School and she continued in this capacity until her retirement on June 30, 1990. She then helped care for grandchildren and also remained active in her church and community. During these years she also enjoyed traveling, most notably including a heritage trip to Norway. In 2013 Connie moved to The Oaks apartments in Luverne.
Connie was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she volunteered on many committees and served in several capacities. Connie was a member of the Red Hat Society, Tourist Club and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary. She loved music, dancing, camping, bowling league and baking.
Connie is survived by five daughters, Cindy (Edward) Rosier of Gillette, Wyoming, Linda (Steve) Bovendam of Brooten, Kathy (Greg) Palm of Bemidji, Becky Nash (Jeff Eng) of Bemidji, and Janet Nash (Preman Singh) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Esther (Del) Thue of Hastings, Marlys Myers of Stuart, Florida, and Ann Hansen of Beloit, Wisconsin; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Joshua Nash Mitchell; her parents; three brothers, Lawrence, Arnold and Clayton Overgaard; and three sisters, Elva Campbell, Bertha Baustian and LaVonne Henderson.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.