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Marlene Nielson Dec. 19, 1933 - Sept. 20, 2009

ATWATER -- Marlene Mae Nielson, 75, of Willmar, formerly of Atwater and Lake Lillian, died Sunday at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Atwater. Burial will be in Tromso Cemetery in Lake Lillian.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements are with K-M Funeral Home of Lake Lillian.

She was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Menno, S.D., to James and Aletha Slate. She attended school in Yankton, S.D., then worked there for a few years as a waitress.

She married Byron Nielson on Dec. 4, 1958, in Pierre, S.D. They lived in Lake Lillian and later retired to Atwater. She worked for many years as a certified nursing assistant at Cosmos Nursing Home, Bethesda Pleasant View in Willmar and later at Sunnyside in Atwater. In 2009, they moved to Copperleaf in Willmar. Byron died May 23.

She is survived by three children: Byron Jr. (and Terri) Nielson of Elk River, Roy (and Michelle) Nielson of Willmar and Tracy (and Greg) Madsen of Lake Lillian; six grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; siblings: Jim (and Barb) Slate and Sandy (and Tom) Milroy, all of Yankton, S.D.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son: David Nielson; a daughter: Lee Ann Maher; and two grandchildren.