Novia Coil, age 100, of Lake Lillian died Monday, April 15, 2019, at Bethesda Grand Nursing Home in Willmar. Funeral services are Friday, April 19th at 11 a.m. at United Lutheran Church in Lake Lillian with Rev. LaDonna Ekern officiating. Burial will be in the Community Cemetery in Lake Lillian. Visitation is Thursday, April 18th from 5-7 p.m. at K-M Funeral Home in Lake Lillian and continues for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Novia Eleanor Coil was born December 22, 1918 on the family farm in Lake Lillian, MN to J. Albert and Johanna (Bengston) Nelson. She was baptized August 10, 1919 by Rev. Berg and confirmed on July 9, 1933 at First Lutheran Church in Lake Lillian by Rev. J. I. Begstrand. Novia attended District #105 grade school and graduated from Willmar High School in 1937. On October 23, 1943 she married Horace Coil at First Lutheran Church in Lake Lillian. Outside of home she had worked as a waitress in her earlier years, later was employed at the Cosmos Bakery, and at Fingerhut in Bird Island. Novia enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, and playing cards with family and grandchildren, growing flowers and showing them at the County Fair. At her church she taught Sunday School, Bible School, made quilts, and recently had enjoyed her circle. Novia enjoyed gatherings with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Novia and Horace enjoyed traveling, visiting relatives in Sweden, and went to Europe twice where they visited eight countries while seeing many historical sights of interest. For many years they spent the month of February in Florida, California or Arizona. Novia has resided at Bethesda Grand in Willmar since July of 2017.
Novia is survived by one son Gerald (and Becky) Coil of Lake Lillian; daughter-in-law Barb Coil Hudson, WI; her three grandchildren: Kristene (and Brent) Magaard of Murdock, MN, Aaron (and Kayla) Coil of New Germany, MN, and Adam (and Kayla) Coil of Houston, MN; her ten great-grandchildren: Jake, Will, Chase, and Avery Magaard, Carson, Kade, and Brecken Coil, and Lilly, Charlotte and Milo Coil. Novia was preceded in death by her parents; husband Horace Coil; son Allen Coil; her two brothers: Rudolph Nelson and Wallace Nelson; and three sisters: Eva Johnson, Edith Johnson Larson, and infant sister Agnes.
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