Nellie J. Nelson

Nellie J. Nelson, age 84 of Montrose, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998 at the Cokato Manor.

Nellie was born in Howard Lake, Minn., on May 25, 1914, the daughter of a Danish immigrant, Christian Rasmussen, and Nella Marie Roberts Rasmussen. She graduated from Howard Lake High School as its saluatorian.

On Feb. 12, 1938, Nellie was joined in holy marriage to Charles W. Nelson in Buffalo. Married nearly 56 years, they resided in Montrose. Charles W. "Charlie" Nelson preceded his wife in death on Feb. 11, 1994.

Nellie was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Montrose and its W.S.C.S. She was also a former conference representative of her church.

Formerly employed for 20 years as a secretary at the Lundsten Lumber Company in Montrose, Nellie was a past president and a longtime member of the Montrose Womens Club, and the former custodian of the Montrose City Hall.

Nellie loved her family very much and was a staunch Republican. She enjoyed gardening and was especially fond of cats.

Nellie is survived by her children: Alberta (Roger) Engel of Cokato, Carol (Darrell) Jacobson of Wyoming, Minn., Edward (Ruby) Nelson of Richfield, Charles L. (Connie) Nelson of Montrose; 25 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by sisters, Grace Gilmer of Grants Pass, Ore., and Laura Ruark of Garland, Texas; a brother-in-law, Clifton Nelson of Buffalo; sisters-in-law, Pearl Runyan of Minneapolis, Beulah Wilhite of Ottawa, Kans., and Gladys Nelson of Howard Lake; and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, Christian and Nella; an infant son, Lowell E. Nelson; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and five brothers.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Montrose with the Rev. Marvin E. Repinski officiating. Mildred Klarstrom was the organist, with Jewell Malerich and Mary Trelstad as the vocalists. "In The Garden," "Amazing Grace" and "Take My Hand Precious Lord" were the congregational hymns.

Interment followed at the Howard Lake Cemetery. Casket bearers were Peter and Eric Nelson, Scott and William Isakson, Melissa Abraham, and James Gustafson. The W.S.C.S. and Nellie's grandchildren served as honorary casket bearers.

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