Helen Nelson, 98, Albert Lea

Published 9:37 am Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial services for Helen Marie Nelson, 98, of Albert Lea, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Gregory Ofsdahl will officiate. Interment will be at Alden Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. To sign the guestbook go to www.bayviewfuneral.com.


Helen died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

Helen Marie Nelson was born on Sept. 23, 1913, to Lester and Carrie (Anderson) Sweet in Alden. She grew up in the Alden area and attended school in Alden. Helen went on to attend two years at the Mankato Teacher’s College following high school. On June 20, 1935, she was united in marriage to Leslie Nelson at Grace Lutheran Church Alden. Helen worked at Ebert Plumbing in Alden then as a bookkeeper/admitting clerk for Naeve Hospital for more than 30 years. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden and was active in circle and ladies altar guild. Helen was also a member of the Alden Book Club. She enjoyed reading, playing cards and doing word search puzzles. Blessed be her memory.

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Survivors include her brother, Howard Sweet; son, Charles W. (Rebecca) Nelson; daughter, Susan J. (Clifford) Staloch; grandchildren: Terry (Craig) Whelan, Laurel (Mark) Syvertson, Kari (Wade) Baseman, Christine (Blaine) McLaughlin and Michael (Jennifer) Staloch; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leslie; brothers-in-law: Gordon Thompson, Roger Nelson and Curtis Nelson; sisters-in-law: Sylvia Nelson Thompson and Maxine Schaudt Sweet; and nephew, Bradley Sweet.