Oak Park Heights –
Abigail Nabben, 90, formerly from Thief River Falls, died Tuesday, January 17th at her home with her family.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, January 27th at 3 pm at Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Elmo, with Pasor Andy Evenson officiating. Abigail has donated her body to the University of Minnesota for medical research. She will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling, alongside her husband LeRoy.
Abigail Thomas Nabben was born June 13, 1926 in Thief River Falls, the daughter of James and Rose Thomas. She attended Northrup Elementary and graduated from Lincoln High School. Abby went on to nurses training in at the Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks, ND and returned to Thief River Falls to work as a registered nurse.
In 1946, Abby was united in marriage to LeRoy Nabben at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. They had three children, Stephen (deceased), Dennis and Anne. Abby lived there until after LeRoy’s death, when she moved to Eau Claire, WI to be closer to her daughter. In 2009, she moved with her daughter and family back to Minnesota where she resided until her death.
Throughout her life, she was an active member of the Lutheran church, cooking, sewing and leading bible study. After working at the hospital, Abby taught the medical careers class at Lincoln High School. She was involved with the American Legion and multiple bridge groups. Abby enjoyed sewing, knitting, cooking, reading, gardening, quilting and spending time with her family. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.
Survivors include Dennis (Marijo) Nabben of Thief River Falls and their daughter Kristen, and Anne (Tim) Sheridan and their children Bree and Stefan of Oak Park Heights. She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy in 2001 and son, Stephen in 1971; sisters, Lorraine Hirayama and Lucille Rowald.
Oak Park Heights –