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Dorene Mercedes Nelson

Dorene Mercedes Nelson, age 92, of Dassel, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.

The funeral service will take place today, Jan. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cokato with the Rev. Dan Swanson officiating. Interment will be at the First Baptist Cemetery in Cokato.

Visitation took place Sunday evening, Jan. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continues one hour prior to the service today.

Dorene was born March 6, 1915, in Cokato, the daughter of Arthur and Hilma (Hendrickson) Eastling. She attended Beaver Dam Elementary School, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1933.

Dorene was united in marriage to Clarence Nelson April 16, 1938, at the First Baptist Church parsonage in Cokato. Clarence and Dorene farmed in the Dassel Township area on the Nelson home farm.

They moved into the Dassel Lakeside Apartments in 1986; and Clarence passed away October 1989. Dorene continued to reside there until September 2006, when she moved to the Lakeside Health Care Center.

A faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Cokato for more than 75 years, Dorene served on the Board of Deaconesses and was active in the Baptist Ladies Aid.

She was a wonderful cook and loved to entertain family and friends. Dorene continued to make delicious cookies of all kinds, which she shared with all who came to visit at her apartment. She also loved to garden and grow beautiful plants, winning many ribbons for her flowers over the years at the annual Dassel Flower Show. Her family treasures the beautiful pillowcases/linens which she embroidered.

Dorene is survived by her children: Lois (Carold) Anderson, Clarice (John) Bengtson, and Donald (Kathy) Nelson, all of Dassel; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Clarence, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Lloyd; and a sister, Vivian.

Arrangements are by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.