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Elaine A. 'Pippy' Nerness -- Austin

AUSTIN -- The funeral for Elaine A. "Pippy" Nerness will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, with the Rev. Andrew M. Lindahl officiating. Burial will be in the Hollandale, Minn., Cemetery.

Mrs. Nerness, 82, of Austin, former co-owner of Oakland Food Locker, died Saturday (March 9, 2002) at her daughter's home in Burnsville, Minn.

Elaine A. Hansen was born Aug. 3, 1919, in McIntosh, Minn., graduated from Wilder High School in 1936 and from Brady Rodgers School of Beauty Culture in 1937. On Nov. 15, 1939, she married Everett C. Nerness at her parents' home in Wilder, Minn. They lived in Minneapolis until moving to Oakland in 1946. They owned and operated Oakland Food Locker until 1962. During retirement, they spent the winters in Texas and summers in Richmond, Minn. Her husband died in 1993. Mrs. Nerness was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Potpourri Circle and NARFE.

Survivors include a daughter, Trudy Koester of Burnsville; two stepsons, Scott Koester and Kurt (Brenda) Koester, both of Cambridge, Minn.; and a brother, Wayne (Gretchen) Hansen of Hollandale. A sister and a brother preceded her in death.

Friend may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin and an hour before the service Thursday at the church.

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