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Paul "PJ" James Nelson


Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Paul "PJ" James Nelson, 75, of rural Wykoff, died March 13, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a long illness.

He was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Austin, the son of Lars Christian Nikolai and Engeborg (Pedersen) Nielsen. He was raised in Austin, graduated from Austin High School in 1944 and served with the Marine Corp during World War II. He married Solveig M. Bjerke on July 8, 1945, in Grand Meadow. The couple made their home in Austin where he was employed by the Austin Police Department from 1946 to 1966. They then moved to the Twin Cities area where he worked as a supervisor at Silent Knight, a security company. He retired in 1988 due to ill health. In 1992 the couple moved to rural Wykoff. Paul was a member of the Wykoff American Legion and area pigeon clubs. He was a former member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and Westminister Presbyterian Church, both of Austin.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Stephen (Mary Lou) of Preston, James (Dorothy) of Blaine, Minn., Kenneth (Rose) of Minneapolis; a daughter, Karen (Dan) Clarin of Wykoff; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lorraine LaPorte of Rochester, Joyce Anderson and Betty (Joe) Smith both of Austin; and a brother, John (Doreen) Evenson of Woodbine, Ga. He was preceded in death by a son, seven brothers and five sisters.

The funeral for Paul "PJ" James Nelson was held March 16 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff with the Rev. Bernard Daiker of Christ Lutheran Church in Preston officiating. Burial following cremation will be in Carimona Cemetery in rural Preston at a later date. Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
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Charles Thomas Murphy

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Charles Thomas Murphy, 78, of Whalan, a retired Quarve and Anderson Construction Co. employee, died March 13, 2001 at Winona Community Hospital.

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Alzada Margaret Moore

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Alzada Margaret Moore, 84, of Chatfield, a homemaker, died March 9, 2001 at her home.

Alzada Margaret Block was born March 27, 1916, in rural Chatfield and lived in the Chatfield area all her life. On Oct. 7, 1944, she married Thomas R. Moor ..... 
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Ruth Sample

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Ruth Sample, 91, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died March 17, 2001 at Spring Valley Care Center, where she had lived since December, 2000.

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Betty VanNurden

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Betty VanNurden, 77, of Chatfield, a retired school cook, died March 20, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester where she had been a patient since March 12.

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Merton McKay

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Merton McKay, 79, of Byron, a retired truck driver and farmer, died March 16, 2001 at the Valleyview Nursing Home in Houston after a brief illness.

Born Oct. 18, 1921, in Harmony, the son of Clarence and Clara McKay, he grew up on the family ..... 
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A. Louis Hrabak

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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A. Louis Hrabak, 79, of Chatfield, a retired music teacher, died Tuesday (March 20, 2001) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Born Sept. 2, 1921, in Pittsburgh, he grew up there and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon College in Pittsburgh. Mr. ..... 
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Mabel F. Grover

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Mabel F. Grover, 88, of Rushford, died March 17, 2001 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

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Earl E. Zalky

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Earl E. Zalky, 67, of Ostrander, formerly of Wykoff, diedMarch 17, 2001 at Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis following a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 18, 1933, in Wykoff, he grew up there, graduated from Wykoff High School and served in t ..... 
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