Mary Jo Nordstrand August 3, 1944 - December 31, 2019

Age 75, of Mendota Heights, died December 31, 2019. Preceded in death by her grandson Alexander and her beloved husband of 49 years, Ronald A. Nordstrand.  Survived by children Erik Nordstrand and Amy (Jeffrey) Sik; Grandchildren, Maximilian and Clara.  Sister Dorothy (Joseph) Dietl and brother Charles (Judy) Westermayer.  Mary Jo prided herself with her position as a Medical Technician until she retired from the American Red Cross.  She continued to do what she naturally was, to be a stay at home mother of her two kids.  She was a caregiver to her core and considered many others as her “adopted” children, as she called them, this included her god-children, nieces, nephews and friends of her kids. She welcomed so many into her home through the years as her children grew to be adults. During her later years she travelled to many places with her family, friends and husband including New Zealand, Australia, Europe and China to name a few.  She travelled often to her condos in Florida, especially the beach where she loved watching dolphins as she sipped her coffee. She had a heart of gold, filled with so much love to go around and she cherished her many friendships. She was the most selfless and caring person and always put others before herself, even until the very end. She loved her grandchildren fiercely. She was a fighter and fought her battle with cancer for 13 long years and showed her strength all the way through to the very end. She was surrounded by her loved ones and passed away peacefully in her home.  She is now at peace without suffering and will be deeply missed by all. She is, was and always will be our angel. Mass of Christian Burial, 10AM Thursday, January 9 at the Church of the Assumption, 51 W. 7th St., Downtown St Paul. Visitation 3-7PM Wednesday at Willwerscheid West-Heights Chapel, 235 Wentworth Ave. W., West St. Paul, 651-457-7938, and at church 1 hour before the Mass. In lieu of gifts, please direct memorials to the American Cancer Society in Mary Jo’s name.

Mass of Christian Burial, 10AM Thursday, January 9 at the Church of the Assumption, 51 W. 7th St., Downtown St Paul. Visitation 3-7PM Wednesday at Willwerscheid West-Heights Chapel, 235 Wentworth Ave. W., West St. Paul, 651-457-7938, and at church 1 hour before the Mass. In lieu of gifts, please direct memorials to the American Cancer Society in Mary Jo’s name.

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    Pat Wendt says

    Erik, you and your family have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Linda Sanford Wirt says

    MaryJo was my dear friend for many years when our children were young. We struggled together through the challenges of being working mothers, and our daughters were friends. The affection I felt for MaryJo never waned as the years distanced us and our children matured. Never formally parting ways, and with the fondest of memories, we moved on in life. Today I will attend her visitation with deepest sympathy for Amy, MaryJo’s daughter, Amy’s family, and Eric, MaryJo’s son. I so regretted missing Ron’s Visitation. John and I didn’t know know Ron well, but it’s certain that anybody MaryJo loved so much must be exceptional! I will remember MaryJo’s openness, her honesty, her skillful ness and her kind thoughtfulness. She was smart as a whip and soft as a flower in bloom. When I knew her, she was so highly organized! Her home was lovely. Amy’s bedroom was a girl’s dream. Eric built a huge skateboard ramp in their back yard; something only parents so loving that encouragement of skill, adventure and risk were a childhood milestone for him. Over the years I have always considered MaryJo to be a dear friend. When we bumped into each other in passing, there was always the warmest of hugs. Today I hope to hug Amy, Eric, and and meet their families. I will cherish my memory of MaryJo for the rest of my life and my annual donation to the American Cancer Society is already given, so today I honor her generous spirit and her final rest with my heartfelt admiration and the hope that when my own time comes, I will be able to look back with the grace that I’m sure she now possesses.

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