Bertrom “Bert” Nelson
Bertrom “Bert” Nelson, age 90 of rural Buffalo, and formerly of Montrose, died peacefully Saturday, March 5, 2005 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born May 19, 1914 in Seven Persons, Alberta, Canada, the son of Carl and Ella Rasmussen Nelson.
He attended Montrose High School, where he played basketball.
As a young man, Bert worked in a C.C.C. Camp in northern Minnesota.
Bert Nelson and Marian Mae Swanson were joined in holy marriage Oct. 26, 1938, in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with three daughters.
He was formerly employed at creameries in Montrose and at Sherman Station in McLeod County. Bert also worked at Minneapolis Moline and for the Hennepin County Park District.
Through the years, Bert and Marian were involved with Nelson’s Nursery in Montrose and a hardware store in Watertown. However, Bert’s greatest joy was his loving family, especially his two grandsons.
For many summers, Bert would often sell raspberries and other vegetables at a small stand along the highway in Montrose.
He formerly served on the Montrose City Council, and was a longtime volunteer on the Montrose Fire Department.
He was a longstanding member of the United Methodist Church in Montrose.
Bert is survived by daughters Bette Ahles, Janis Nelson, and Gayle (Gary) Klingelhoets; grandchildren Ryan Klingelhoets and Jeffrey Klingelhoets; a sister-in-law, Joyce Andreotti; a brother-in-law, Gordon Sjelin; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends, including “special sons” Leroy Kreitlow, Ron Klick, and Joe Lane.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Nelson, on March 21, 2003; an infant sister; his parents, Carl and Ella Nelson; brothers “Buster” and Eldon; and by a sister, Arlie Olson.
Funeral services were Wednesday, March 9 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Buffalo, with the Rev. Ruth Ann Ramstad officiating. Interment followed at Swedish Mission Cemetery.
Friends called Tuesday, March 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Buffalo, and closed with a prayer service.
Casket bearers were Ron Klick, Leroy Kreitlow, Rick Dehmer, Kelly Sjelin, Kurt Sjelin, and Greg Wilson.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.