Mary A. Nysted, age 87, of Birchwood, Wis., soared On Eagle’s Wings (a favorite hymn) to heaven on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal, Wis., with the Rev. Kristi Ursin officiating, and burial will follow in the Loyal City Cemetery.

Mary Ann Nysted was born on Feb. 1, 1932, in Marshfield, Wis., the ninth of 10 children of Peter E. and Tilla J. (Holt) Nysted.

Mary graduated from Loyal High School, and attended one year at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., before moving to St. Louis, Mo., where she worked and lived for a couple of years.

An adventurer, Mary found her way to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1953, and worked at TWA.

She married Jayson R. Brentlinger on Jan. 23, 1955, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal, and raised her two children, Mark and Jayleen, in a Paradise Valley, Ariz., home she helped design.

As a gifted artist, Mary mastered stained glass, oil painting, watercolor, weaving, bonsai gardening, wood carving and lathe wood turning.

She owned and operated Cabin Fever weaving studio in Eagle River, Wis., where she taught weaving, sold looms, yarns and handwoven clothing. She moved back to Wisconsin in 1988, and split her time between Wisconsin and Arizona, skillfully driving her 40-foot RV across the country.

Mary loved her many dogs, the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, the desert of Arizona, and all of nature. She was a master gardener and was entertained watching birds at her well-stocked feeder (sometimes a gray squirrel, too). 

Mary is survived by her grandchildren, Melissa (Nick) Reese of Phoenix, and James (Kaleen) Brentlinger of Firestone, Colo.; one sister, Jeanne (Ken) Dahlby of Birchwood; one daughter-in-law, LuAnn Brentlinger of Phoenix; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Mary was preceded in death by her son, Mark Brentlinger; her daughter, Jayleen Brentlinger; four brothers, Leonard Nysted, Orville Nysted, Julius Nysted and Lyle Nysted; and four sisters, Wanda Auth, Violet Finet, Pearl Ursin and Margaret Noeldner.

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Cuddie Funeral Home of Loyal is assisting the family with arrangements.