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Paul "PJ" James Nelson


Fri, Apr 6th, 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, Apr 6th, 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.

He was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Lake City and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. H ..... 
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Alzada Margaret Moore

Fri, Apr 6th, 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, Apr 6th, 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.

Ruth Utley was born March 25, 1909, in Preston. She graduated from Preston High School in 192 ..... 
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Betty VanNurden

Fri, Apr 6th, 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.

Betty Nuehring was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Liberty Township, Hancock County, rural ..... 
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Kenneth B. Miller

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Kenneth B. Miller, 61, of rural Spring Valley, died March 28, 2001 at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City after becoming ill while traveling.

He was born July 24, 1939, in Highland Township, Wabasha County. He attended St. Felix schools in Wabash ..... 
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Clark Gordon Miner

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Clark Gordon Miner, 93, of Plano, Texas, and formerly of Mabel and Winona, Minn., died Monday, April 2, 2001, in Plano.

Clark was born Sept. 5, 1907, in Mabel, to James and Mary (Gordon) Miner. He attended Mabel schools and on June 16, 1928, ..... 
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Dorothy Glynn

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Dorothy Glynn, 62, of Staples, Minn., died at her home on March 25, 2001.

Dorothy Elaine Pederson was born October 9, 1938, in Harmony to Oliver and Edith (Goldsworthy) Pederson at home on their farm. She attended country schools and graduate ..... 
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Eva S. Bolles

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Eva S. Bolles, 87, of Brainerd, formerly of the Wykoff-Spring Valley area, died March 28, 2001 at her home in Brainerd.

Eva S. Johnson was born May 25, 1913, in York Township, Fillmore County. At an early age she moved with her parents to ru ..... 
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