Helga Nedergaard

Helga Nedergaard
12/11/1919 - 01/22/2022
Hasemann Funeral Home

Helga V. Nedergaard, age 102, of Wayne, passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Wayne Countryview Estates. Memorial Services will be Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Wayne. Arrangements with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne. Memorials may be directed to Helga’s family for later designation.

Johanna Helga Victoria Swanson was born near Dixon, Nebraska on December 11, 1919, to Olaf and Hilma Swanson. She grew up and graduated from high school in Hartington, Nebraska. Following graduation and employment in Hartington as a secretary, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she served on the staff of Nebraska Third District U.S. Representative Karl Stefan. On February 19, 1949, she married Gordon M. Nedergaard of Obert, Nebraska. The couple settled first in Hartington before moving to Norfolk, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, Winside, and finally to Wayne, Nebraska where they resided for the rest of their lives. Gordon passed away in 1984.

Helga worked in a number of secretarial jobs including service as Clerk of the Wayne County court, while engaging in the more difficult task of raising three children. A loyal member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (later Our Savior), she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and served on several committees including the church council. In her retirement years, she served numerous charitable institutions including Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity among others. She enjoyed traveling to visit the grandchildren and to see the world with her sister Anne and friends. An extraordinary woman!

Helga was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother as well as a great friend to all. Her generosity and willingness to reach out to others served as a sterling example to her family. She passed away at the age of 102 in the company of friends and family.

Helga’s husband Gordon; her parents; beloved sisters and brother: Elsie, Anne, and Eddie and their spouses; and many close and lifelong friends preceded her in death. She is survived by daughters Karen (Tim) Lemmon and Kris (Breck) Giese, son Eric (Jenny), five grandsons, one granddaughter, seven great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, three nephews, four nieces, and a large extended family and group of friends. Helga cherished and took pride in each and every one of them.