Delia Ida Nelson, age 100, of Dassel, died, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital.
She was born Dec. 8, 1912, in Eden Valley, the daughter of Joe and Francis (Berger) Arnold. Delia grew up and attended district schooling in the Kingston area.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel at the time of her death.
Delia was united in marriage to Myles Roland Nelson March 12, 1932, at the Arnold family home in Kingston.
The couple made their home in Amery, WI for a few years, before they moved to Mendota Heights, and then to Dassel, where Delia has since resided.
She had been employed by 3M Manufacturing in Hutchinson for 20 years.
Myles and Delia had celebrated 56 years of marriage.
Delia was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed making holiday meals for family get-togethers, and especially enjoyed the time when she could escape to the cabin up north. A wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, Delia will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Pat Barritt of Crystal, Mary Jackson, Joe Nelson, both of Dassel, Doris (Chester) Koser of Portland, OR, Lloyd Nelson, and Douglas (Muggs) Nelson, all of Dassel; daughter-in-law Gail Nelson of Darwin; 28 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Delia was preceded in death by her husband, Myles, Jan. 25, 1989; three children, Geraldine Jorges, Janet Koelln, and Jerome Nelson; two grandchildren, Greg Jackson, and Patti Jo Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Joey Nelson and Shannon Wojciak; her parents; daughter-in-law Lona Nelson; sons-in-law Bill Barritt and Dennis Jorges; and siblings Ernie Arnold, Norbert Arnold, Charles Arnold, Theodore Arnold, Lewis Arnold, Danny Arnold, David Arnold, Eleanor Heinrich, and Rose Weber.
The funeral service took place Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Revs. Steven Olson and John Peterson officiating. There was visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.