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Published December 24, 2012, 12:00 AM

Margaret "Peg" (Nielsen) Wellik

Margaret Ann “Peg” (nee Nielsen) Wellik Age 78, of Plymouth, died peacefully and unexpectedly at her home on December 19th, 2012. A 48-year resident of Crystal and most recent resident of SummerWood in Plymouth. She was a devoted wife, ever-loving mother, sister, and proud grandmother.

Peg was born in Maddock, North Dakota, the sixth of eleven children of Peter and Emma Nielsen. She graduated from Fargo Central High School and the North Dakota State School of Science.

Margaret "Peg" (Nielsen) Wellik

Margaret Ann “Peg” (nee Nielsen) Wellik Age 78, of Plymouth, died peacefully and unexpectedly at her home on December 19th, 2012. A 48-year resident of Crystal and most recent resident of SummerWood in Plymouth. She was a devoted wife, ever-loving mother, sister, and proud grandmother.

Peg was born in Maddock, North Dakota, the sixth of eleven children of Peter and Emma Nielsen. She graduated from Fargo Central High School and the North Dakota State School of Science.

Peg met Gerald Wellik near Austin, Minnesota and they married on June 2, 1956. They were blessed to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2006. As Gerry grew his business, Peg was dedicated to her occupation as a stay-at-home mother raising four children Philip, Amy, Jamie, and Danny.

Peg spent her whole life serving others whether it be as a sister, friend, mother or volunteer in the many organizations she so strongly believed in. Peg was an volunteer with North Memorial Hospital’s Residential Hospice program and Cancer Center. A 32-year breast cancer survivor, she worked closely with women going through cancer treatment. She was a survivor participant in the annual Race for the Cure with her family on Mother’s Day, proudly wearing her pink shirt and cap. Peg’s life was filled with laughter and friendships from her Tennis group, Bridge group, Extension, Book club, and neighbors. Many summers were spent at the Gull Lake cabin with family and friends. For many years, she was the organizer of the very large Nielsen Family Reunion. Peg was an avid traveler. One of her favorite trips was the trip she took with her sons, Danny, Philip, and sister Rose to Denmark to visit her ancestral home. Peg looked forward to her annual vacation to the Surf Club on Marco Island, Florida. She was a secret sun worshipper and could sit poolside or the ocean for hours watching her grandkids swim and jump the surf. When she moved to SummerWood in 2011, she continued to make friends and became a very active participant in Bridge, 500 and Exercise class. She enjoyed playing scrabble, cribbage, doing puzzles with her grandkids and driving around the city lakes any time of year to admire the homes and scenery.

Peg was a joyful and ever present Grandmother to her five grandchildren. She faithfully attended her grandchildren’s performances, sporting events, recitals and ceremonies. She relished in seeing them perform and felt privileged to be present in their lives. She showed grace and strength as she confronted her own health challenges. Being a life long Lutheran and Dane she was resilient and had a strong spirit and steadfast will to endure. Peg was never without a hug and kiss for visitors. She had much love in her heart that she generously shared with us all.

The family would like to especially thank Nancy Walton and Pat Boyle for incredible care they bestowed on Peg for so many years. Words cannot convey how grateful the family was to have had them. It was truly remarkable to see the love and care they shared with Peg.

Peg was preceded in death by her husband Gerry, parents, Peter and Emma (Erickson) Nielsen, Brothers Peter Nielsen, Walter Nielsen, Sisters Lil Abrahamson, Dora Nielsen, Edna Mae Kahle and son Philip.

Peg is survived by daughter Amy (Anne Gorde) and sons Jamie (Rebecca) and Danny; grandchildren Eleanor, Emma, Isabel, Zoe and Edison. She is also survived by Sisters Betty Kankelfitz, Rose Marie Stark, Beverly (Seth) Twichell, Brothers William “Bud” (Dorothy) Nielsen and Larry (Carol) Nielsen. Sisters-in-law Bette Paine (Joe) and Janet Shepherd and cousin Dorothy Ann Nordbeck; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the North Memorial Hospital Stroke Center or North Memorial Hospice

Service Thursday,December 27th at 11:00a.m.at Valley of Peace Lutheran Church, 4735 Bassett Creek Drive, Golden Valley. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church and also Wednesday, December 26th 4:00-7:00 PM at Washburn-McReavy Glen Haven Chapel 5125 West Broadway, Crystal 763-533-8643.

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