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Charlotte A. Nelson -- Ostrander

OSTRANDER -- The funeral for Charlotte A. Nelson will be at 11 a.m. today at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ostrander, with the Rev. Nancy Solomonson officiating. Burial will be in Bloomfield Cemetery in rural Ostrander.

Mrs. Nelson, 82, of Ostrander, died Friday (Sept. 3, 2004) from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was a resident of Ostrander Nursing Home.

Charlotte Arlene Frank was born Aug. 14, 1922, in rural Spring Valley. She attended Etna School through eighth grade. During World War II, she worked as a meat packer at the Hormel plant in Austin. She married Albert N. Nelson on March 31, 1946, at the Bloomfield Lutheran Church. They farmed and made their home in rural Ostrander. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she participated in the church women's organization and the choir and taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years. She enjoyed sewing quilts and making soap to support the mission work of the church. Her other community activities included the Etna Girls Club, the Lutheran Brotherhood Fraternal Branch and the family council at Ostrander Nursing Home. She also served as a Cub Scout leader. She was an avid gardener.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruth (Alan) Voss of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, John Nelson of Fountain and Phillip (Janine) Nelson of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clayton (Beatrice) Frank of Spring Valley and Lyle (Mavis) Frank of Preston; and two sisters, Nora Vrieze of Ostrander and Clarice (Lyle) Clark of Spring Valley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and one sister.

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Friends may call one hour before the service today at the church.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ostrander or the Bloomfield Cemetery Association.

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