Doris Nielsen, 1926-2017

Published 1:00 am Thursday, June 29, 2017

Doris Jean Nielsen, 91, of Rochester died Monday, June 26, 2017, at Cottage Wood Senior Community.

Doris was born April 15, 1926, in Crystal Lake, Iowa, to Gerald and Hazel (McFarland) Volding. She and Ivan Nielsen were married Oct. 3, 1952, in Crystal Lake. They made their home in Crystal Lake for a short time, moving to Albert Lea on March 1, 1956.

Following retirement Doris and Ivan moved to Lakeland, Florida, for 10 years. In December 1997 they moved to St. Charles to be near family. Ivan died on June 14, 2003. Doris later moved to Rochester.

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While in Albert Lea Doris belonged to Ascension Lutheran Church. Upon moving to St. Charles she and Ivan joined St. Charles United Methodist Church.

Doris Nielsen

Survivors include three children, Linda (Warren) Stowell of Rochester, Don (Jolene) Nielsen of Memphis, Tennessee, and Larry (Tammy) Nielsen of St. Charles; daughter-in-law, Brenda Nielsen, of Mapleton; eight grandchildren, Melissa (Thomas) Tanner, Lee (Lynette) Stowell, Tom (Shelly) Stowell, Erin (Henderson) Harris, Maren (Bobbi) Tillman, Kelsey and Erik and Alex Nielsen; 12 great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Ashley Zachary and Caleb Stowell, Caroline, Claudia and Gustav Tanner, Benjamin and Gabriella Stowell, Ella, Kendyl and Layne Harris and Stella and Sloane Tillman; great-great-grandchildren Gabriel and Abigail; sister, Betty Meyer, of Rochester; brothers Merle, Gary, and Denny Volding.

In addition to Ivan’s death, Doris was preceded by her son, Allan, in 2016.

Services to remember Doris will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in St. Charles. The Rev. Heather E. Klason will officiate. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home. Doris will be buried next to Ivan at Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea.

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Doris’ family would like to thank the staff at Cottage Wood Senior Living Community and Dr. Thomas Jaeger of Mayo Clinic.

Memorials are preferred to the family.