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Patricia "Pat" Nehls
August 19, 1938 ~ September 20, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Services for Patricia "Pat" Nehls will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 27th at St. John's Lutheran Church, Groton. Rev. Craig Grams will officiate. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.
Visitation will be held for one hour prior to services.
Pat passed away September 20, 2023 at Avera St. Lukes Hospital, Aberdeen.
Helen Patricia was born on August 18, 1938 to Thelmer and Marie (Akre) Vig at the family farm near Veblen. She attended and graduated from Veblen High School. Pat continued her education at Northern State, where she earned her teaching degree. She taught elementary school for 46 years at Groton Area Elementary. Pat was united in marriage with Carroll Lee “Spike” Nehls and together they were blessed with two sons.
Pat was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Groton. She will forever be remembered for her love of sweets, diet coke and her many years as a teacher. She touched the lives of countless children, as a first grade teacher. Pat and Spike were both avid sports fans and rarely missed a home game, whether that was basketball, baseball, football or track.
Celebrating her life are her sons, Scott (Susan) Nehls of Tucson, Arizona, Lance (Arlene) Nehls of Tucson, Arizona, four grandchildren, Alexa Brown, Lacey (Isaak) Matzdorff, Logan Nehls, Brock Nehls, and her sister, Karen (Kent) Elliott of Mina. Pat also leaves behind many dear friends, including Jan Hoffman, Deb McKiver and Lance & Kristie Hawkins.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband in 2021.
Honorary Casketbearers will be Pat’s Grandchildren: Alexa Brown, Lacey Nehls., Logan Nehls and Brock Nehls.
Casketbearers will be Dennis Fliehs, Dale Grenz, Lance Hawkins, Linn Vig, Neil Vig and Brad Elliott.
Family requests that Tiger gear be worn for the service.