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Kathleen Nelson Sept. 7, 1937 - March 4, 2013

Kathleen Nelson Sept. 7, 1937 - March 4, 2013

LAKE LILLIAN - A memorial service for Kathleen "Kathy" E. Nelson, who died March 4th, in Mesa, Arizona, will be held at United Lutheran Church on Friday, May 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Art Wiese will officiate at the service. Interment of Kathy's ashes will be at the Trosmo Lutheran Cemetery of Lake Lillian.

Kathy was born on September 7, 1937, the daughter of Sydney and Ethel Summerlet. She grew up in the Lake Lillian area and attended rural, country school. She graduated from Willmar High School.

On May 14, 1955, she was united in marriage with Dale Nelson at the Lake Lillian Methodist Church. They made their home on a farm north of Lake Lillian. Kathy worked for the Lake Lillian Crier, the Cosmos Sun and the Atwater Herald newspapers, Baker Publishing of Spicer and Petterson Electric of Lake Lillian.

She was actively involved in the life of her church, the Women of the ELCA, the Praise Circle and served many years as the Grace Lutheran Church secretary. She liked reading books, making crafts, going to garage sales, playing games with friends, and spending time at the lake. She enjoyed sports, especially the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and had a warm spot in her heart for the older generation, providing hospitality for them at the lake whenever possible. Kathy and Dale had wintered in Apache Junction, Arizona since 2006.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Dale, of Lake Lillian; her daughter, Lori Deadrick of Kandiyohi; her son, Gary Nelson of Atwater, her grandchildren, Ashley (Jeremy) White, Allison Deadrick, Jordan Nelson and Jeremy Nelson; her sister, Mary Ann (Gordon) Hillstrom of Willmar; her brothers, Orval (Pat) Summerlet of Raymond and Dean (Linda) Summerlet of Atwater; and many nieces and nephews, family and friends.