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Jacqueline "Jackie" Bomstad

February 14, 1961 — November 22, 2021

Jackie Bomstad, age 60, of Atwater passed away peacefully on Monday, November 22, 2021, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield following a brief battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Atwater United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 11 at 2 pm. Visitation will be held at 1 pm.

Interment will be held at a later date at Atwater Union Cemetery.

Jackie's celebration of life service will be live streamed on the Atwater United Methodist Church Facebook page at

Jacqueline Harriet Bomstad was born on February 14, 1961, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, the daughter of Carl and Eva (Swanson) Tagtow.

She grew up and lived most of her life in Atwater.  Jackie was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She graduated from Atwater High School in 1979.

On April 7, 1981, Jackie married David Nielson.  They had one child, Jacob.  David passed away from cancer at the age of 29 on April 14, 1990, eleven days later, their son Jake was involved in a pedestrian accident. At the age of 22, Jacob passed away on July 25, 2004 from complications from his accident.

During her youth, many remember Jackie being a dependable newspaper carrier and playing the bass clarinet in the High School Band.

As a young adult, Jackie spent three years taking care of her mom Eva and grandma Frances when they needed extra care before their passing.  Throughout Jackie’s life, she took care of numerous others.

Jackie enjoyed making cookies, especially oil cookies, stirring by hand, refusing to use a standup electric mixer.

She stomped aluminum cans and collected recycling money. Very few people enjoyed lawn care more than Jackie.  She also enjoyed looking for asparagus.  She was often seen driving around town in her little pickup truck picking up sticks for others.

She liked thrift shops, garage sales or just picking up things along the side of the road.  Jackie often brought home little trinkets, cleaned them up and displayed them in her numerous curio cabinets.

On August 23, 2002 in Watertown, South Dakota, Jackie was united in marriage to Byron Bomstad.  He was at her bedside at the time of her death.

Jackie and Byron had a mutual love for cats.  Not only were they wonderful pet owners in their home, they also cared for stray cats.

Jackie loved to decorate.  She planned the addition to her home to fit with the neighborhood.
She was fearless when it came to renovations and remodeling. She loved to restore old items and make them new again.  Jackie liked to clean house and also helped others clean their homes.

Jackie had a soft spot for needy people and she cared for those who couldn’t care for themselves.  (Luke 14:12-14)  She helped people that needed help, no matter who they were.

Jackie is survived by her husband, Byron Bomstad, her siblings, Carlis Tagtow Peachey (Chuck Jasiewicz), Dale (and Tami) Tagtow and Jerald (and Jody) Tagtow.  Also surviving are her in-laws Kathy Tagtow, Dwight Scott, (Lonnie and) Candy Bomstad Gass, (Tim and) Laurie Bomstad Hagen, Byron, Jr. (and Terri) Nielson, Roy (and Michelle) Nielson, Tracy Nielson, besides other relatives and friends.

Jackie was preceded in death by her son Jacob Nielson, her first husband, David Nielson, her parents, Carl and Eva Tagtow, her grandma Frances Larson, her siblings, Michael “Mike” Tagtow, JoAnne Tagtow Scott, (Fred and) Iwylla Tagtow Vivant and Calvin Tagtow, her in-laws LeAnne Maher and Terry Bomstad.

For those attending Jackie’s Celebration of Life: due to COVID concerns, in place of a lunch, please pick up a sweet treat bag as a thank you for your support and kind expression of sympathy.

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