Alice Joan Nelson, age 78, of Dassel, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud.
She was born Feb. 11, 1936, in Kingston, the daughter of Edwin and Alice (Anderson) Mansicka. Joan grew up in the Kingston area, and was baptized and later confirmed at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Kingston.
She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1954, and then attended school for data entry in St. Paul.
Joan was united in marriage to Warren Nelson Feb. 14, 1959, at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Kingston. The couple made their home in the Dassel area, where they raised their three children.
Joan had been employed by NSP before being married; worked at Minnesota Poultry in Dassel; and before retiring in 1995, was employed at the Dassel State Bank and later Marquette Bank in Dassel for 18 years.
An avid sports fan, Joan enjoyed going to the Minnesota Gopher football games, and held season tickets for several years. She loved to cook and bake for family, and go for drives with Warren. She especially enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events or anything that they were involved in.
Joan loved to spend time with her family for holidays and special events, and will be missed by all of her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Warren of Dassel; children, Kevin (Shelley) Nelson, Kerry (Kevin) Rossow, and Ryan (Laurie) Nelson, all of Dassel; four grandchildren, Serina, Britta, and Erick Rossow, and Jake Nelson; step grandchildren, Jared and Jordan Jackson; siblings Beverly (Lowell) Lykken of West Lake Village, CA, Judy Fundingsland and her significant other, Duane Anderson of Edina, and Gary (Lucy) Mansicka of Kingston; along with several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Joan was preceded in death by her father; mother; step-father Walter Leppa; and a grandson, Chris Nelson.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. Interment will take place in the springtime at the Dassel Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday evening, Dec. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the services.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.