Jennifer Clara Nesvig – OBIT

Jennifer Clara (Michael) Nesvig, 64, passed away suddenly on November 27, 2023, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Jennifer was born on July 1, 1959, to Joseph and Emily Michael in Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa. Jennifer grew up and attended grade school in Sierra Leone, then moved to Ireland and attended grades 7 through 12 at Loretta Abbey in Dalkey, Ireland. In September of 1977, Jennifer moved to the United States.

Jennifer married David Nesvig in June of 1979 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Reynolds, ND.

Jennifer worked for many years at the Corner Bar in Climax, MN, before purchasing it on May 1, 1992. She has made a tremendous impact on the community of Climax. Jennifer provided senior meals, catered weddings, birthdays, funerals, and other events and was famous for her potato dumplings. Over the years, many of her customers and friends became like family to her. She continued to own and operate the bar until the time of her death.

Jennifer was a devoted mother and grandmother. The happiness of her children and grandchildren meant the world to her. She was the first call when one of her grandkids needed to be picked up from school. She would take them to their appointments and make Target and Starbucks runs with them upon request. Jennifer loved to attend their sporting and other school events and was very proud of all their achievements. Jennifer was an extremely hard-working and generous person, she would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. Jennifer was also an extremely fun and loving person who loved to travel, attend concerts with her family and friends, and spend time at her lake cabin.

Jennifer is survived by her children: Michelle (Aaron) Rogenes of Buxton, ND; Michael (Jayne) Nesvig of Climax, MN; and Matthew Nesvig of Fargo, ND; her grandchildren, Madalyn, Aidan, Sophia, Brody, Anna, Stella and Isla. She is survived by her brothers and sisters: Philo Peterson of Warroad, MN; Eddie (Joy) Michael of Climax, MN; Bernadette Jakubowski of Winter Park, FL; Vivian Michael of Climax, MN; Ambrose (Nicole) Michael of Grand Forks, ND and Andrew (Suzanne) Michael of Vestavia Hills, AL and many nieces, nephews and other family members.

Jennifer was preceded in death by both her parents, Joseph and Emily Michael, her partner Jeffrey Nesvig, and brothers-in-law Andre Jakubowski and Robert Peterson.

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. May her memory be blessed.

VISITATION will be on Friday, December 1 at 5:00-6:30 PM at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Catholic Church in Reynolds, North Dakota. A prayer service will follow at 6:30 PM.

MEMORIAL MASS will be on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Catholic Church, Reynolds, ND, with visitation one hour prior. Service will be live-streamed on Jennifer’s page at

INURNMENT will be at Ringsaker Cemetery in Rural Buxton, ND.



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