Obituary for Myrna Nissen

Myrna  Nissen
Myrna Louise Nissen, 79, of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Pathfinder Place in Fremont, Nebraska.

The daughter of Orvin and Orlinda (Schulz) Karloff, was born June 6, 1938, at the Ruth Potter Hospital in Fremont, Nebraska. She began her studies at Leshara Elementary School in Leshara, Nebraska, and graduated from Valley High School, Valley, Nebraska in 1955. She then attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska before transferring to Luther Junior College in Wahoo, Nebraska, receiving her diploma in elementary education. After her schooling she was employed as an elementary teacher for a couple of years in Fremont.

On July 17, 1960, she was united in marriage to H. Richard Nissen in Yutan, Nebraska. They had three sons: Chris, Mark, and Craig. They made their home in Missouri Valley, Iowa, where she taught at the Logan Community Schools for a few years. In 1969, they came to Atlantic, Iowa, where she was a homemaker for several years raising their family. Myrna was then employed as a teacher with Little Lambs Preschool in Atlantic until she retired. They continued to enjoy their home in Atlantic before moving to Fremont, Nebraska in September of 2017.

Myrna was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic where she was very active in the church. She loved anything to do with music. She led music programs in school and at church and sang in the church choir. Myrna really enjoyed cooking, and she loved sharing her skills in the kitchen with everyone. She had a song and a meal for every occasion. Most of all she loved being able to spend time with her family and attending the kids’ and grandkids’ school activities.

Myrna is survived by her husband, Richard Nissen of Atlantic, Iowa; her twin sister, Myrtle Nygren of Fremont, Nebraska; her sons: Chris and wife Heidi Nissen of Winter Haven, Florida; Mark and wife Gemma Nissen of Elk Grove, Illinois; Craig and wife Christen Nissen of Sheldon, Iowa; her grandchildren: Stefan Nissen, Parker Nissen, Carter Nissen, Sam Nissen, and Grayson Nissen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Jaceta Kovanda.

Visitation with the family present will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service, Saturday, February 3rd, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 3rd, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic, with Pastor Grant VanLishout presiding. A private family burial will take place at the Atlantic Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Myrna's family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Myrna Nissen

June 6, 1938 ~ Fremont, Nebraska

January 27, 2018 ~ Fremont, Nebraska
At the age of 79 Years, 7 Months, 21 Days

11:00 a.m., February 3, 2018
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church~ Atlantic, Iowa

Pastor Grant Van Lishout

Eileen Denne

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand” by the Congregation
“I Love To Tell The Story” by the Congregation
“Peace Like a River” be the Congregation

David Nygren
Dale Nygren
Al Meduna
Stefan Nissen
Parker Nissen
Don Williams

Atlantic Cemetery ~ Atlantic, Iowa

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be made for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Please join the family for lunch immediately following the service.

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