Helen Ann Nelson

Nelson Helen Photo001Helen Ann Nelson, age 93, of Sacred Heart, died Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Brightondale Senior Living Center in New Brighton, Minnesota.   Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart.  The Rev. Dan Bowman will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Saturday from noon until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at the church in Sacred Heart.  Arrangements with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN.
Helen Ann Nelson was born on December 22, 1922, in Sacred Heart, Minnesota to Helge and Alma (Fagerlie) Haukaas.  She grew up in Sacred Heart and was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  Helen graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1941, and continued her education, studying music, at St. Olaf College, graduating in 1945.  Following her education, she taught music at Walnut Grove and Glencoe Public Schools.  Helen was united in marriage to Rudolph Nelson on September 10, 1950, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  They made their home and raised their family on the Nelson farm near Renville.  Helen was the church organist at Our Savior’s and later at Hawk Creek Lutheran Church for many years.  She also taught piano lessons to hundreds of students in the area over the years.  She loved music, quilting, and sharing history about the Sacred Heart area-she was very involved at the Sacred Heart Museum.  She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, the Sons of Norway, Toten Lag, and the Yellowstone trail quilters.
Survivors include her daughters and their spouses: Kathy (and David) Brudevold of St. Paul, and Ramona (and Ted) Nesse of Stillwater; her grandchildren:  Bryan, Mark, and Mike Brudevold, and Kirsten and Karl Nesse; her great grandchildren:  Abby, Easton, Cora, Jonathan, Jordy, and Sarah; her sister, Inez Tollefson of Sacred Heart; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Rudolph.
Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN

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