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Patricia J. Callsen

September 23, 1932 — October 18, 2023

Garretson, South Dakota

Patricia J. Callsen

Patricia Jean Callsen was born on September 23, 1932 to Eugene and Ruby (Swenson) Haley in Ellsworth, Minnesota. At age two, she moved with her family to Sherman, South Dakota where she was raised and attended school. Patricia spent her free time helping her father in the Café and Card Room. She graduated from the Sherman/Garretson High School in 1950. Later that year, she was united in marriage to Sylvin Nesheim. To this union, four children were born: Bruce, Paul, Debra, and Craig. In 1960, Patricia began her career at Sunshine Foods where she worked until her retirement in 1995. Patricia married Fred Callsen in 1974. On February 27, 2002, Fred preceded her in death. After a decline in her health, Patricia moved into the Good Samaritan Society-Pipestone and then to the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center in Dell Rapids, South Dakota.  In the early morning hours of October 18, 2023, while surrounded by her loving family, Patricia passed away peacefully at the age of 91 years and 25 days.

Patricia was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hardwick, Minnesota and participated in the church circle. She also enjoyed her roles in the Red Hats, American Legion Auxiliary, Senior Citizens, and many card clubs. Patricia spent nine winters in Texas and had a love for camping, fishing, and playing cards. In her younger years, she spent her free time bowling and dancing. Patricia truly cherished the time spent with grandchildren and great-grandchildren while supporting them at sporting events and programs.

Patricia is survived by her children, Paul (Debb) Nesheim of Garretson, South Dakota, Debra (Wade) Serfling of Blaine, Minnesota, and Craig (Julie) Nesheim of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Dorothy (Roger) Larson of Waconia, Minnesota, and Mike (Maureen) Haley of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Judy Callsen of Luverne, Minnesota, Ellaine (Gar) Henriksen of Brandon, South Dakota, Beverly Haley of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and special friends, Donna Bowden and Delores Quisell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Callsen; son, Bruce Nesheim; sisters, Marian Aulner, Lois Jones, Rose Mills, and June Haley; brothers, Patrick and Raymond Haley; and siblings-in-law, Bernard Aulner, Allen Jones, Jim Mills, Arnie Callsen, and Delores and Elmer Lorenzen.

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Saturday, October 21, 2023

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