August 23, 2007 at 2:48 p.m.
She was born Sept. 13, 1911, raised in Streeter, ND, and until 2005 was a resident at Valkommen Apartments in Lindstrom. Most recently her home has been with her daughter in Chisago City.
Mac is preceded in death by husband, Nick; parents, Jacob and Louise Trautman; brothers and sisters: Jacob, John, Fred, Bill, Adam, Katherine, Ann, Esther and Eve.
Magdaline is survived by daughter, Nicolette Nadine Nelson, of Chisago City; four grandchildren: James (Darcy), Lindstrom; Michael (Victoria), Elk River; Debra (Cindy), Isanti; Richard (Shelley), Coon Rapids; six great-grandchildren: Samantha, Megan, Katherine, Mitchell, Matthew and Alyssa.
At the age of 13 Mac lost her mother and was responsible for eight younger children, the youngest being 2 years old. She fondly remembered her years on the farm and the wonderful time she had with her family. She was the last surviving member of this generation of her family, with the recent loss of her younger sister, Katherine, and the previous loss of the brothers and sisters she worked so hard to care for as a young girl.
In 1928 she moved to Bismarck, ND, to live with her aunt and worked as a housekeeper for several families. In 1934, she married Nick Herner and resided in Mandan, ND. She worked at Dahners ready-to-wear and later as a cosmetic consultant at the Mandan Drug.
In 1962 they moved to Chicago, Ill., where her husband had been transferred by the railroad. She worked at Carson Pirie Scott department store and later managed the cosmetic department for a chain of drug stores.
In 1977 Mac moved to Lindstrom to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. She worked part-time in the cosmetic department at Widmark Pharmacy for several years.
She was a long time (73 years) member of the Catholic Daughters of America and to this day maintained her membership with the Mandan, ND, chapter.
She enjoyed dancing, gardening, crocheting and reading. She shared many fond memories of teaching her young grandchildren how to garden. Mac spent many hours crocheting slippers and centerpieces for all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many of her numerous friends in the Chisago Lakes area. Reading was Mac's time for relaxation and enjoyed it whenever she could, along with a bit of background country western music.
She loved being able to be part of her grandchildren's lives and was so proud of their achievements in life.
Funeral service is Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, at St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church, in Lindstrom. Interment at Fairview Cemetery in Lindstrom. Arrangements by Grandstrand Funeral Home, Lindstrom.