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Elsie Nelson

Oct. 10, 1910-Nov. 4, 2010

Elsie Aleda Nelson, 100, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes.

Elsie was born in Nornnagen, Sweden. She came to America at the age of four, with her two-year-old sister, Ericka and her mother, Hulda Moller. Elsie's mother Hulda married John Thunstrom. Elsie and her sister were raised as Thunstroms.

Elsie was educated in District 57 and District 28. She was confirmed at Bakke Lutheran Church in 1927. She was united in marriage to Noah Nelson in July of 1934. Noah died in 1959. She worked at various laundries and was a housekeeper in motels in the Detroit Lakes area.

Elsie enjoyed dancing, bowling and going for a walk. No one was a stranger to Elsie, it was someone she just hadn't met.

Surviving Elsie are her daughter, Phyllis (Norman) Wilson of Park Rapids; son, Ricky (Valerie) Nelson of Detroit Lakes; six grandchildren, Bruce (Tammy) Wilson, Pam Wilson, Dawn Carlson, Ed Nelson, Emily (Todd) Yliniemi and Bonnie (Ken) Garro; great grandchildren and great-great grandchild; sisters-in-law Doris Thunstrom of Great Falls, Mont., and Angie Thunstrom of Seattle, Wash.; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Elsie in death were her parents; husband, Noah; grandson, Jed Nelson; granddaughter, Roxanne Wilson; and five brothers, Ernest Moller, Victor, Sam, Gus and Art Thunstrom.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Bakke Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be at Egelund Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the messages of sympathy section at