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Mildred Frances Nelson, age 105 of Mankato and formerly of Detroit Lakes, died peacefully, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 16, 2017, at All Saints Catholic Church, Madison Lake, MN. Visitation will be one hour before service at church on Saturday. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Mankato Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. www.mankatomortuary.com In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.
Millie was born June 26, 1912, on the family farm in section 2, Brandon Township, Douglas County, Minnesota. She was the third child of John and Caroline (Wilken) Hopfner. Millie graduated from Brandon High School in 1930. She married Carl Nelson on August 10, 1935. Carl and Millie moved all over settling in Fergus Falls, 1940, Alexandria, 1948, and finally Detroit Lakes, 1958. Carl retired in 1975 after which he and Millie did more traveling, and spending time visiting children and grandchildren. Carl contracted cancer in 1986 and Millie became his caregiver until he died in 1992. Millie moved to Pathstone Living in Mankato in 2011, to be near her daughter. She spent her final years there.
Survivors include 3 children: John (Sue) Nelson of Alexandria, VA, Paul (Shirley) Nelson of Chattanooga, TN, Ann (Bob) Van Deusen of Madison Lake, MN; 7 grandchildren: Carl, Christine, Cliff, Natalie, Megan, Mike, and Jessi; and 8 great Grandchildren: Kalia, Astrid, Clara, Millie, Hazel, Lilja, Jenny, and Carson; and extended family.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; sister, Blanche; and two brothers, Bill and Phil.
Published on September 11, 2017
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