Oakdale Man Dies in Weekend Motorcycle Accident

John M. "Mickey" Nasseff, 68, died near Amery, WI on Saturday after he and his passenger, Oakdale resident Beth Holmgren, were ejected from their motorcycle.

An Oakdale man died Saturday afternoon after he and his passenger were thrown from their motorcycle near Amery, WI.

John M. "Mickey" Nasseff, 68, of Oakdale was driving his 1992 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on 120th Avenue and 130th Street near Amery, Wis. with Beth Holmgren, 53, who is also an Oakdale resident. Nasseff, who was driving the bike, lost control of the motorcycle and went into the south ditch where the bike flipped and ejected both Nasseff and Holmgren from the motorcylce. Neither were wearing a helmet.  

A deer was lying dead in the north ditch. Nasseff most likely lost control of the bike after swerving to miss the deer, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Nasseff and Holmgren were transported to Amery Regional Medical Center. Nasseff died later that day due to head trauma. Holmgren is currently at Regions Hospital in St. Paul and is in good condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Nasseff was the founder of Nasseff Mechanical Contractors in St. Paul and was also the son of St. Paul philanthropist John Nasseff. He is survived by his parents, John and Rose Nasseff, his brother Artie Nasseff, his three daughters, Trina Pontrelli, Tawnee and Emily Nasseff, and five grandchildren.

A visitation for Nasseff will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home, 575 S. Snelling Ave. in St. Paul. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of St. Joseph, 1154 Seminole Ave. in West St. Paul. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the John Nasseff Medical Center. 


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Joanne Lichaa - Zaiter July 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Oh my god!!! I didn't believe anyone till I saw it on web... Mickey is my sons godfather... My son was born 4 July 1992.... Who else but our American cousin to be his godfather.... And his Harley was 1992 make....ironic.... REST IN PEACE MICKEY.... We will always love you... Joanne and boys!!!


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