Donna Marie Nelson, 88, from Waverly, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Havenwood of Minnetonka.
Donna was born on February 16, 1931, in Goodridge, Minnesota, the daughter of Ethel Viola (Swanson) and George Alex Moquin. Donna graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in Crosby, Minnesota in 1948, and Minnesota Business School in 1949. On July 25, 1953, Donna was united in marriage to Roger Carl Nelson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minnesota. The couple moved to Waverly, Iowa in 1954, where they raised their family. Donna also worked as the Bremer County Deputy Clerk of Court from 1975 until her retirement in 1997. Roger passed away in February of 2014, and Donna continued to live in Waverly until recently moving to Minnesota.
Donna was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Pumpkin Seeds, and multiple bridge clubs. She enjoyed bowling and loved to sew and quilt. She volunteered for many different organizations that included her church, Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community, and Meals on Wheels. Donna really enjoyed spending time with her immediate family and she showed her love in her amazing cooking and in doing special treats and gifts for those she loved. She made every family gathering special and memorable. She loved taking pictures and remembering others and she considered her cousins her siblings.
Donna is survived by three sons, Randy Nelson of Lakewood, Colorado; Mark (Wanda) Nelson of Avondale, Arizona; and James (Andrea) Nelson of Lewisville, Texas; a daughter, Mary (Al) Eliasen of Chanhassen, Minnesota; six grandchildren, Jami Nelson, Garrett, Valerie, and Lindsay Eliasen; and Kyra and Spencer Rojas; and many, many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by Roger and her parents.
Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Waverly with Pastor Arthur Bergren officiating. Burial of her cremains will be held at a later date in Harlington Cemetery, Waverly. Visitation will be on Monday, May 6, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly and also for one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be directed to Grace Hospice of Minneapolis, 1015 4th Avenue North, Suite 206, Minneapolis, MN 55405. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187