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Arlene Nelson

Arlene S. Nelson, age 90, of Willmar, died unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 3, at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Vinje Lutheran Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. www.petersonbrothers.com

Arlene S. (Michelson) Nelson was born on November 23, 1927, in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, to Harold and Amanda Michelson, where she was the second youngest of 11 children. She graduated from Buffalo Lake School in 1945 and began working at Hardware Mutual in Minneapolis. She met Wallace Nelson, the love of her life, in 1947 on a blind date, and they were married on June 18, 1947. After an initial 6 years in Duluth, Wally and Arlene moved to Lamberton and started the University of Minnesota Experiment Station. She was very active in supporting the activities at the station and was Wally's constant companion and help mate. Being a mother and grandmother were her greatest joys. She lived her faith in daily life and was involved in all aspects of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She loved being social and was involved in PTA, bridge groups, 4H, Reading Club, etc. After retirement, they spent 20 winters in Mesa, Arizona with their many friends and then moved to Willmar where she spent the last 10 years of their life. Arlene loved family activities, holidays, cooking and cards. She loved to dance and was constantly reading books and magazines. She always loved children and had an open heart for any small animal. Over the past 7 years, she has lived at Copperleaf Senior Community where she loved her neighbors and made many wonderful friends.

Arlene is survived by her two children and their families, Tom (Linda) Nelson of Apple Valley and Kathy (Fred) Hund of Willmar; seven grandchildren: Mark (Nicole) Nelson, Paul (Angie) Nelson, Megan (Charlie) Hieb, John (Anna) Nelson, Rachel Hammarberg, Amanda (Ryan Terrien) Hund, Sarah (Ryan) Hagemeyer, and 6 greatgrandchildren, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her ten siblings and her wonderful husband, of 68 years.

Cemetery Details

Ft. Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55450-1199



AUG 9. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Vinje Lutheran Church

1101 Willmar Avenue SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


Celebration of Life

AUG 9. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Vinje Lutheran Church

1101 Willmar Avenue SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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Healing Tears - Yellow and White was purchased for the family of Arlene Stella Nelson.

August 06 at 02:54 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Paul and Kim Coleman purchased the Peace, Prayers & Blessings - Blue and White for the family of Arlene Stella Nelson.

Paul and Kim Coleman - August 07 at 10:17 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I would like to extend my sympathy to Arlene's family. I did not know her well, but she always remembered that our daughter worked in Lamberton and would ask about her every Sunday in church. A lovely woman!

Nancy Hafner - August 07 at 11:38 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Imelda R. Garza lit a candle in memory of Arlene Stella Nelson

Imelda R. Garza - August 07 at 04:00 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My condolences on the loss of your Mother. Coming across her obituary was totally unexpected. I have a letter written by a "Yonus" which was dated June 26, 1946; my hope was to find her so I could send it to her. It was written to my Uncle who knew her brother Edwin E. Michelson ("Mitch" ?). I consider this an heirloom that should kept by family member.Losing a Mother is hard especially when unexpected. I pray that you and your family will feel God's comfort, his love, and his presence. I especially pray that you will be surrounded by friends and family members that grew to love her while she lived. Cherish the memories that you have of her. It is memories that get you through the hard times, i know because i too lost my mother.My prayers are with you. My sincerest condolences.

Imelda R. Garza - August 07 at 04:11 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Blue & White Sympathy Floor Basket was purchased for the family of Arlene Stella Nelson.

August 07 at 04:48 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM