M. Marcella Nelson, 96

M. Marcella Nelson, 96, of Strathcona, MN died on early Thursday morning, February 24, 2011 in LifeCare Greenbush Manor at Greenbush, MN.
      Marcella “Mickey” Nelson was born Mildred Marcella Anderson, the daughter of Eddie O. & Pauline (Hatle) Anderson, on December 25, 1914 at Ellendale, MN.  She came with her parents to settle in Hereim Township, south of Greenbush, MN when she was two years old.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.  She attended the Dock School near her home until the 8th grade.  She graduated from Greenbush High School in 1933 and attended Teachers College at New Richland, MN, graduating in 1934.  She taught schools for two years at rural Karlstad and for two years at Winjum School #68 in Deer Township where she met her future husband.  She married Marvin Iver Nelson on June 14, 1938 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
      They farmed in Deer Township, between Greenbush and Strathcona, MN for many years. Marvin died on April 11, 1995. Marcella enjoyed cooking, baking, babysitting her granddaughters and going for rides with Marvin.
      Marcella was a member of Poplar Grove Free Lutheran Church where she served as church pianist for many years. She held several offices in the Poplar Grove W.M.F., treasurer being the most recent which she held until 2010. Marcella had been a resident of LifeCare Greenbush Manor for the past seven months.
      Marcella is survived by one son—Marlo and his wife Paulette Nelson of Strathcona, MN.    
      3 granddaughters—Kathy (Paul) Hendrickson of Carrington, ND,  Lynette (Dave) Blazek of Greenbush, MN & Angela (Tony) Lorentz of East Grand Forks, MN.     5 great-grandchildren—Austin, Lucas & Lauren Hendrickson, Tessany & Cole Blazek.    1 sister—Alice Miller of Greenbush.
      She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 1 sister—Pearl Anderson.
      Funeral Services were held on Monday, February 28, 2011, at United Free Lutheran Church of Greenbush with Pastor LeRoy Petersen, officiating.  Robin Waage was the organist and Marie Olson was the soloist.  Casket Bearers were Paul Hendrickson, Dave Blazek, Tony Lorentz, Laurel Majer, Arlyn Anderson, Norbert Johnson & Roger Lorenson. Interment was in Poplar Grove Cemetery at rural Strathcona with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush in charge of arrangements.

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