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Ellen Nelson

Ellen Catherine Nelson (Dusenka)

Friday, October 29th, 1926 - Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
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Ellen Catherine, age 93. Our beloved Baba passed away suddenly on June 16th at her lake home on Mille Lacs Lake. Ellen was born on October 29, 1926 to Peter and Susan Dusenka. She grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, graduated from Edison High School and attended the University of Minnesota. At the U, she met and married Robert Fred Nelson in 1950, and shortly thereafter moved to north Minneapolis, where she lived the rest of her life. In 1955, she started a long record of volunteer involvement with the Minneapolis Public Schools, starting at Loring Elementary and later Patrick Henry High School. In addition, she was deeply involved as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She later became the long-time School Support Coordinator for the Minneapolis Public Schools.

She will always be remembered, by those who knew her, for her vivacious spirit, boundless energy and loving kindness.

Besides her parents, Ellen is preceded in death by her beloved husband: Robert and only sibling: Catherine Ellen Koziol. Survived and lovingly remembered by her three children: Timothy (Deborah), Stephanie and Bradley (Patricia), five grandchildren: Christine (Keith) Ford, Bradley (Lindsey) Nelson Jr., Zachary (Andrew) Nelson-Winters, Joshua (Robin) Nelson and Trevor (Jennifer) Nelson, seven great-grandchildren: Keith Jr., Kayla, Cyndel, Levi, Xander, William and Finnley.

For the safety of all during this time of COVID19, the family has chosen to forgo a reviewal and delay a memorial and interment of her cremains until a later date. Memorials preferred to St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral 1701 NE 5th St., Minneapolis, MN 55413 where she was a life-long member.
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    Friday, August 7th, 2020 |
    Friday, August 7th, 2020
    St. Mary's Orthodox Cemetery
    3025 Stinson Blvd. NE
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