Martin Nelson, 92, Albert Lea

Published 3:26 pm Saturday, April 20, 2013

Funeral services for Martin J. Nelson, age 92, of Albert Lea will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Wendy Anderson will officiate. Burial will be at Concordia Pickerel Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the services. Online condolences are welcome at

Martin Nelson

Martin Nelson

Martin died Friday, April 19, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

Martin Joseph Nelson was born on Sept. 27, 1920, in Ramona, S.D., the son of Carl and Martha (Olson) Nelson. Martin was raised near Ramona, where he attended and graduated from high school. On March 7, 1950, he was united in marriage to Verina Ruth Jensen at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, S.D. Martin farmed with his family near Ramona and he was the farm manager for the Hubbard Milling Company in Springfield, Minn. Martin and Verina relocated to Albert Lea in 2009. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, having visited every state in the continental United States. He enjoyed just about everything in life, but particularly flower gardening, “windshield farming” and his daily trips around Fountain Lake and Albert Lea parks. Martin enjoyed fishing and jet skiing and was a loyal fan of the Freeborn County Fair. He enjoyed listening to Big Band music and watching CDs of old family photos. Martin was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church of Pickerel Lake and the Luther Place Condo Association Board. Family was very important to Martin. He also enjoyed being a good neighbor to all his fellow condo residents.

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Survivors include his wife, Verina, Albert Lea, children; Cheryl (Ben) Schultz, Apple Valley, Bob (Donna) Nelson, Alden, Roger (Cindy) Nelson, Gilbert, and Craig (Kristen) Nelson, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; grandchildren, Sarah (Brian) Hensley, Rachael (Matt) Korman, Ryan Nelson and Leah Nelson; great-grandchildren, Weston and Bennett Korman, and many extended family members.

Martin was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Grace Ring, Ole Nelson, Carl Nelson and Angeline Hanneman.