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Mildred Jeanette Nelson

Mildred Jeanette Nelson, age 93, of Hutchinson, formerly of Cokato, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 at Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.

She was born June 18, 1914 in Stockholm Township, Cokato, the daughter of Carl and Amanda (Steen) Shipp. Mildred was baptized by Pastor C. A. Bar Sept. 19, 1914, and confirmed in her faith May 27, 1928 with Pastor J. A. Wagner, both at the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Mildred grew to womanhood in the Beaver Dam community, attending rural school there. She was a Cokato High School graduate in 1933 and went on to teacher training, teaching in rural schools for four years.

Mildred was united in marriage with Walter E. Nelson May 17, 1941 by Dr. Paul Andreen at the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church. They lived on their farm in French Lake Twp. until 1955, when they moved to Hutchinson. Walter preceded Mildred in death, July 19, 1975.

Mildred’s interests were her family, church, the Cokato Historical Society, and her Scandinavian heritage. She also traveled in her younger years to such places as a mission tour to Africa, the Holy Lands, Scandinavian countries, China, Hawaii, Egypt, and many of the United States.

An active volunteer in the Republican Party, Mildred served as an election judge for 20 years. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, Hospital Auxiliary, McLeod County Historical Society, Cokato Historical Society, GFW (General Federation of Women) Hutchinson Chapter, Global Mission Board, and the American Swedish Institute.

She was also a very active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, participating in W/ELCA, the library board, and as a teacher of various groups.

Mildred is survived by her daughters, Ruth (Dean) Needham of Conroe, Texas and Louise (Dennis) Schroeder of Hutchinson; son Roland of Hutchinson; grandchildren Denise (Monte) Einck and Kyle Schroeder; great-grandchildren Allison, Makenna, and Maxton Einck; and other relatives.

In addition to her husband, Walter, Mildred was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service was Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with the Rev. Steve Thorson officiating. Music was provided by Karen Anderson and Philip Benson. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation took place Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, and continued Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Casket bearers were J. David Anderson, Galen Lee, Philip Benson, Virgil Morris, Rodney Benson, and Mike Worcester.

The Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.

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