Nellie Andersen |

Nellie Andersen

A liturgy of praise to God for Nellie Martha Andersen will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. A reception will follow at the Holbrook Hotel in Grass Valley.

Mrs. Andersen died Friday, Jan. 14, following a battle with cancer. She was 78.

She was born Feb. 13, 1926, in San Francisco to Ingeborg and Hans Hansen. She was raised in Cotati. She was trained in the Cadet Nursing Corps in the closing days of World War II and served as a surgical nurse at Permanente Hospital in Oakland and at Santa Rosa General Hospital. She married George Andersen in 1947, and they operated a poultry business for many years in Cotati. George then opened a construction business in 1962, first in Sonoma County, then, after 1980, in Grass Valley. Nellie was bookkeeper and homemaker. They built homes in Lake Wildwood, Penn Valley and on Loma Rica Drive in Grass Valley. Nellie was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Judy and Paul Rappa of Petaluma and Nancy and Bob Tiner of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Shelly Andersen of Nevada City; son, the Rev. Dennis Andersen of Seattle, Wash.; and grandchildren Mark and Kate Rappa of Petaluma and Molly and Erik Andersen of Nevada City. She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Andersen, in 1992.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, 95945, or to Peace Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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