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Nancy Jo Solum (Carrie's Mother)


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Mrs. Steve) Nancy J. Solum, age 55, of Florence, SD, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 in her home in Florence. Funeral services will be on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the New Helgen Lutheran Church in Florence, SD. Reverend Gary Anderson will officiate. Talia Pasara will be the soloist. Interment will be in the Helgen Cemetery near Florence, SD. Visitation will be on Sunday, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown, and on Monday, prior to services at the church.

Honorary Pallbearers will be all of her Shopko teammates.

Active Pallbearers will be Rita and Steve Wishard, Karin and Gary Hartje, Judy Flaten, Kathy Tollefson, David Solum and Paul Solum.

Nancy Jo Solum, the daughter of Hulbert U. and Jean (Lamb) Behrens was born on November 25, 1952 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was raised in Sioux Falls, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1971. She then graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute in 1972.

On December 29, 1972 she married Steve Solum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They lived in Watertown until moving to the Solum family farm east of Florence. Nancy was a stay at home mom until going to work for several years as a teacher's aid in Florence and the Watertown Middle School.

In 1991, Nancy began working at Shopko. She held many positions at Shopko and was the Customer Service Manager when illness forced her retirement.

Nancy was a member of the New Helgen Lutheran Church. She enjoyed reading, shopping, being by the pool, traveling and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband of 35 years, Steve of Florence; four daughters, Angie (Tom) Kelly of Clark, Carrie (Dave) Law of Brookings, Tracy (Derek) Hlavacek of Wallace, and Tara (John) Hartman of Bradley; her mother, Jean Behrens of Watertown; one brother, Rev. Steven Behrens and his wife, Rev. Hazel Behrens of Hazen, ND; two sisters, Sally (Don) Solum of Tea, SD, and Patsy (Ron) Schmidt of Watertown; her mother-in-law, Elenor Solum and her husband Dick Nuttbrock of Watertown; and seven grandchildren with one more on the way.

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