GARNET M. NEKVINDA | News, Sports, Jobs
Garnet M. Nekvinda, 95, died on Friday July 16, 2021 at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
A private family service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Laufersweiler Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Elkhorn Township Cemetery.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his son Mike Nekvinda (Hope Hughett) and daughter Kathy Tinker of Fort Dodge; three granddaughters Jennifer (Mike) Moore, Blacklick, Ohio; Michelle (Geoff) Miller, Fort Dodge, Iowa; Abby Tinker (Sean Garner), North Liberty, Iowa, two great-grandsons Michael Miller and Matthew Miller; and several nieces, nephews and extended family near Emily, Minnesota.
Garnet was predeceased by her parents James F. and Eunice Russell; sisters Eunice Carr, Ruth Carlton, Letty Prigge and little sister Maude Russell; brothers Paul Russell and John Russell.
Garnet M. Russell was born September 12, 1925 in Perry, Iowa. The family moved to several different towns in Iowa before eventually settling in Fort Dodge, where she attended Fort Dodge schools and graduated in 1944. She married Frank (Nick) Nekvinda on August 4. 1945 and they made their home in Fort Dodge for many years. . Meanwhile, Garnet enjoyed being a housewife and mother to Mike and Kathy. Nick’s jobs eventually took them to DeKalb, Ill., And Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. They later divorced and Garnet moved to Emily, Minnesota, where many of his relatives had settled. She worked at the local Christian school as a teaching assistant and enjoyed the friendships of the students. In 2009, Garnet returned to Fort Dodge to be close to her family and made new friendships where she lived at the Northridge Apartments.
Garnet loved to cook and everyone loved its cooking. Many of the odds and ends projects around her house in Emily were paid for with bags of cookies or loaves of her homemade bread. She was a good knitter and taught many members of her family to knit over the years. She made lovely sweaters and cardigans for the family, and was especially proud of the over 90 knitted teddy bears with outfits she made and donated.
Garnet loved to play cards and couldn’t wait to play cards with the ladies in his building in Northridge. Another favorite hobby was working on large puzzles; she felt especially proud when she was able to put a few pieces in the full-size puzzle in the common room downstairs.
During her short time at Friendship Haven, Garnet developed relationships with the nurses and staff who helped her every day, which included, but not limited to, what she could eat on the daily menu. . She was starting to enjoy participating in planned activities with other residents and was playing bingo with them two days before her death.
Our family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff at Friendship Haven for their loving care and compassion, and to the nurses and hospice staff who came to see her there, who were kind enough to us keep informed after each time they have seen it. .
Memories can be left to the discretion of the family.