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Mabel Nelson 12/13/2012

Mabel  M. (Mehrkens) Nelson, age 88, of River Falls died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Comforts of Home in River Falls.  She was born to Arthur and Lily (Kunde) Mehrkens on January 6, 1924 in Goodhue County, MN.  She completed 8th grade.  When she was 18 years old, she married Glenn Nelson on June 27, 1942 at Grace Lutheran Church in Goodhue, MN.  They were blessed with four children, Marilyn, Charlene, Karen and Ronald.  Mabel and Glenn moved to River Falls, WI in 1956 and raised their family.  In 1978, Mabel and Glenn moved to Webster, WI for their retirement years.  After Glenn died in 1998, Mabel moved back to River Falls.  Besides raising her family, Mabel had a variety of occupations: farming, machine operator making files at Smead’s, restaurant cooking at Kinnickinnic Café and Yellow Lake Lodge, janitor at UWRF, and sales/stocking clerk at Fox’s Ace Hardware Store.   She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, reading, crocheting and gardening.  Mabel was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Lily; her husband, Glenn; infant daughter, Charlene; daughter, Marilyn; grandson, Brian; son-in-law, Jerry; sister Rosella; brother, Luverne; brother-in-law, Palmer; and sister-in-laws, Kay, Donna and Merle.  She is survived by her daughter, Karen Kielas; her son, Ronald (Linda) Nelson; son-in-law, Leo “Butch” Rohl; grandchildren, Sandra Rohl, Stacy (Justin) Bystrom, Joshua (Sally) Hauge, Timothy Nelson and Jeremy Nelson; great-grandchildren, Lowein, Tyson, Winston and Serena Bystrom, Brian and Lilly Johnson and Laynie Hauge; brothers, Earl and Alvin Mehrkens; many nieces and nephews.  A funeral service was held on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:00 am at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls.  Visitation was also Monday from 9:00-11:00 am at the church.  Interment was in Our Saviors Lutheran Church Cemetery in Pierce County, WI.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

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