V. Nadine Powers

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V. Nadine (Clark) Powers was born on Nov. 18, 1924, in Aurora, to parents Clifford Clark and Evalyn (Spensley) Clark. She died on Nov. 11, 2015. 

Her cherished cousin, Ellen Spensley Johnson, and Ellen’s friend, Bec Knudtson, of Guttenberg, survive Nadine, as well as other cousins. 

The saying, “Friends become our chosen families” was so true for Nadine. She is survived by her devoted friends, Meredith Ewing and Karen Melby, who made it possible for her to stay in her own home until the last week of her life. She also leaves behind her dear neighbors, Tom, Pat, Jesse, and Milayna Brueshaber, and Alysa (Eric) Rue and their son, Tobias.

Nadine was preceded in death by her beloved husband Forrest “Forry,” Powers in 1992, her parents, stepfather Lester Reed, sister Elaine Heer and Elaine’s husband, David, and a sister, Zelma, in infancy, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Although she was legally named Verda, she was always known by her middle name, Nadine. She graduated from Aurora High School, where she played the trumpet and was an all-state basketball player. After high school, she moved to Minneapolis where she worked for Northern States Power and the Newspaper Guild. She soon met and married Forry.

Forry spent his life working for the Minneapolis Star, later the Star Tribune. For a few years he was the television columnist, and through this experience, Nadine and Forry met many Hollywood personalities. They were avid Minnesota Twins fans and Viking season ticket holders for many years.

Nadine attended more than 40 Women’s National Bowling Tournaments and was a convention delegate for many of them. She was inducted into the USBC Minneapolis Hall of Fame for her Meritorious Service to the organization, serving in various offices throughout the years. 

She also enjoyed fishing, golf, attending Minnesota Women’s basketball games, watching sports on television, reading and crossword puzzles. 

Nadine maintained her close ties to her home state of Iowa. She often visited her mother in Aurora, as well as aunts and uncles in Waterloo and Fayette. She attended many high school reunions. After Forry and her mother died, she still traveled to Guttenberg to spend Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Christmas with Ellen, Bec, and the Knudtson family.  

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Washburn-McReavy Crystal Lake Funeral Chapel, Minneapolis, Minn.

Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

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