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Hilda Nelson

June 19, 1929-May 17, 2011

Hilda O. Nelson, 81, of Detroit Lakes died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Hilda Otilda Nelson was born to Bernard and Lena (Noeske) Wendt on June 19, 1929 in Height of Land Township, rural Detroit Lakes. She attended country school near her home and helped on the family farm.

On April 23, 1950 Hilda was united in marriage to Mervin O. Nelson in Detroit Lakes. They farmed in the Height of Land area until moving into Detroit Lakes in 1961. Hilda moved into the Lamplighter Manor in 2004 and had been a resident at Emmanuel Nursing Home since 2006.

Hilda enjoyed riding along with her husband Mervin on his trucking routes. She also enjoyed playing cards with her family and the other residents at Emmanuel Nursing Home. Her faith was a very important part of her life.

Surviving Hilda are two sons, Kevin (Jeannette) Nelson of Burnsville, Minn., and Kenneth Nelson of Fargo; three daughters, Katherine (Paul) Pederson of Moorhead, Karen (Ted) Kopren of Osseo, Minn., and Kay (Dale) Rotter of Forks, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; two brothers, Roman (Marian) Wendt of Frazee and Herbert Wendt of Detroit Lakes; sister-in-law, Rose Wendt of Detroit Lakes; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Mervin (2002); parents; one brother, Reuban Wendt; two sisters, Mabel Spores and Lillian Wendt; and one grandson, Matthew Pederson.

Memorial services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 in Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Services have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the messages of sympathy section at