Joyce M. Nelson, 90

Joyce Mae Nelson, age 90, of North Mankato, formerly of Cokato, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was born March 19, 1926, in Cokato, to Carl and Hannah (Persson) Hultgren.

Joyce graduated from Cokato High School.

She was united in marriage to Harold Nelson June 1, 1946, in Cokato. The couple moved to Mankato in 1949.

Joyce worked at the Mankato Lutheran Home in 1969, as an office manager; and retired after 35 years of service.

She was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato, serving as past president of the church council; and had also served on the South East Synod board of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Joyce was a charter member of Twilight Garden Club, a board member of Mankato Lutheran Home Auxiliary, and also served on the Lutheran Brotherhood board.

A longtime member of the Swedish Club, Joyce was proud of her Swedish family, and enjoyed traveling to Sweden 16 times.

She is survived by her four children, Charles (Patricia) Nelson of Paynesville, Carole (John Pearson) Nelson, of Burnsville, Carla (Brian) Knapp of Lakeville, and Christopher (Maryann) Nelson of St. Peter; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth (Kendall), Sarah (Richard), Anne (Timothy), Michael (Jennifer), Kevin, Kristin, Kyle, Benjamin, and Andrew; nine great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; and her cat, Mia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold, in 1983; brother, Donald; and sister, Marion.

Her funeral service took place Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato with the Rev. Dr. Scott E. Olson officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, rural Annandale.

There was visitation Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church or Pathstone Living.

Arrangements were with the Mankato Mortuary.

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