Obituary of Nikki Lyn Abfalter

Nikki L. Abfalter, age 50, of Big Lake, MN. died tragically in a fire on February 23, 2019. 

Nikki was born May 18, 1968 to Aleeta Dahl.  She was raised by Jane & Charles Hemgren and Joan & Bob Beech.  She graduated from Monticello High School and then joined the Minnesota Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Specialist 4 (Sp4).  Nikki worked as the night manager at Beaudry Express in Elk River for many years and that is where she met the love of her life, Jim.  She also worked as a nanny for Susan & Jessie Milbrandt in Big Lake, MN.

Nikki and Jim were married May 25, 1996.  They resided in Big Lake, where they raised their children MacKenzie, born January 11, 2001 and Logan, born December 28, 2005.  Nikki home-schooled both of her children for many years until they attended public school. When not teaching, she liked to dabble in many different crafts. Her excellent abilities enabled her to win many awards at the VA where her work is displayed.

Nikki, especially enjoyed her time at their cabin in Bruce, WI.  A perfect evening was sitting by the camp-fire socializing with the kids and her family and playing cards and laughing.

She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years James; children MacKenzie and Logan.

Also survived by her mother Joan (Paul) Beech-Shephard, brothers David (Mary) Hemgren, and Chad (Kathy) Hemgren; biological mother Aleeta (Gust) Nelson, sister Michelle (Pat) Grecinger and half brother Gunder (Linda) Nelson and many, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by Charles & Jane Hemgren, Bob Beech; brother Scott Hemgren, half-brother Chip Nelson and Great Nephew Gryffin Duthler.

 

Memorial service 11:00 AM Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Refuge Church 25620 4th St. W. Zimmerman, MN

Friends may gather to extend condolences from 4 – 8 PM Friday March 1, 2019 at Refuge Church and 1 hour prior to service at the church on Saturday.

Interment Ft. Ripley State Cemetery with Honors on May 24, 2019

 

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