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Shirley Nelson

August 10, 2012
Estherville Daily News

ESTHERVILLE?- Funeral services for Shirley Nelson, 70, of Esthervillle will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 13 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Estherville with Pastor Frederik Jensen and Pastor Bill Blundell officiating. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery, Estherville. She died Aug. 10 at her home after a long battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Sunday at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Shirley Faye Bonstead, the daughter of Gerald and Inez (Paulsen) Bonstead, was born Feb. 10, 1942.

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Shirley Nelson

Shirley graduated from Graettinger in 1959 and attended ILCC. She has lived in the area all her life. On Aug. 4, 1962, Shirley was united in marriage to Clarence Junior Nelson. Mr. Nelson passed away in January, 1969.

Shirley spent several years working for Fareway before taking a profession in the eye care field. She worked for over 30 years for several optometrists in Estherville. Shirley was an active member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church and spent many years participating and supporting Emmet County Relay for Life. She enjoyed the company of her children, grandchildren, family and close friends. Her hobbies included her backyard, scrapbooking, vacationing and watching her grandchildren play sports. She will be remembered by many for her loving smile and unforgettable hugs.

Shirley is survived by her children, Terry Nelson and his special friend Candice Ommen of Fulda, Minn., Synova Nelson and her significant other John Retzlaff of New Ulm, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, three brothers, Gary and Joan Bonstead, Paul and La Jay Bonstead, Steve and Cathleen Bonstead.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband CJ, infant daughter Wendy, her sister Ione, and brother Ronald. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials.

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