Mia Besemann of McGrath, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, as the result of a car accident. She was 58 years old.

She was born in Minneapolis on Feb. 11, 1963, the daughter of Berenice (Larson) and Oscar Quernemoen. Prior to marrying Anthony Nehotte in 1984, she worked in food service at Dayton’s and the Hopkins House. The couple initially made their home in the Twin Cities and had four daughters, Amanda, Ashley, Ariel and Amber. The family moved to Mora while the girls were young. 

After that marriage ended, she and her girls and their cat, Smudge, were living at their home on Fish Lake when she met a neighbor, Rick Besemann. She and Rick were united in marriage in 1999 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mora, and she became a spare-mom to his children, Vaughn and Caitlin. The couple made their home at Fish Lake for a few years before moving to their home located on 26 acres on the Snake River outside of McGrath. 

She was a fun-loving, devoted Christian wife, mother and grandmother. She loved the Lord with all her heart and studied her Bible and prayed daily. 

She was a hard worker and liked to stay busy getting stuff done. She was a school bus driver for 27 years and also worked in the kitchen at Trailview School in Mora. For 10 summers she cooked at Camp Heartland outside of Willow River. One summer she ended the season by cooking at the Heartland Camp in the Malibu Hills, California. 

She took care to feed and care for everyone. She maintained friendships for decades and made fast friends with many of the adults, youth and children everywhere she worked and played.

She and her husband raised all kinds of birds, chickens to ducks to exotics, the occasional ferret, cow and sometimes goats, lots of cats and dogs including her current cat, Gizmo, and her favorite dog, Chewy, plus Puddy, Wookie, Vader, Odie and Kia. They gardened and canned and fished and hunted together and recently built their dream deer stand, complete with carpeting and lounge chairs.

She was also an adventurer, maintaining her pilot’s license for years, playing in mud puddles or swimming with the grandkids and always ready for a road trip whether it was to visit the grandchildren, drive to a school food service conference or go to a swap or pigeon show with her husband to ‘maybe sell a few birds.’ They would almost always come home with more than they sold. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Berenice and Oscar Quernemoen; brother, Brent Quernemoen; and cousins, Cindy Zepeda and Mike Quernemoen.  

She is survived by her husband, Rick Besemann; children, Amanda (John) Barrie - Ethan, Oliver, Jesse, Ashley (Chad) Hanson - Taylor and Elijah, Ariel Nehotte; Amber (Dillon) Crum - Judah and Luka, Vaughn Besemann and Darla Nelson, Caitlin Besemann and Jason Lindenfelser - Natalia; siblings, Lois Taylor, Frederick ‘Dutch’ Quernemoen, Linnea Koska, Bradford (Nicki) Quernemoen, Kirsten (Tom) See and Kari Ervin; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Mora Elementary at Trailview Campus in Mora, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora from 4-7 p.m. Arrangements handled bt Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at

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