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Darlene Phyllis Nelson

February 10, 1934 — April 8, 2022

Darlene Nelson of Madison Lake passed away peacefully following a short battle with cancer on Friday, April 8, 2022 at her home at the age of 88.

Darlene Phyllis Anderson was born on February 10, 1934 to Alfon and Sarah (Buckley) Anderson in Pine City, Minnesota. She attended Pine City Public School where she graduated with the class of 1952. Darlene was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Roger Nelson on January 9, 1954 and together they raised four children. Following Rogers honorable discharge from the United States Army, they moved to Minneapolis until 1973, when they moved to Rochester. Darlene worked several jobs throughout her life but most notable for Greenway Coop in Rochester. Later in life Darlene and Roger moved to Madison Lake where they enjoyed their retirement years. Together they shared 63 years of marriage before Roger passed away on February 17, 2017.

Darlene enjoyed knitting, bird watching, cooking and baking. When her grandchildren would visit she always made sure to prepare their favorite meal. In her younger years she played the accordion for a polka band and later in life she would regularly watch Molly B’s Polka Party. Above all else her family meant the world to her. She cherished all the time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Darlene was a witty, sweet and kind woman who will be remembered fondly for the love she shared with her family throughout her life. She will be dearly missed.

Darlene is survived by her children: Terry (Sherri) of Inver Grove Heights, Brian (Carla) of Rochester, Michelle (Ira) Beckman of Jordan, Sharla (Thad) Zellmer of Madison Lake; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters: Polly (Jack) Miller of California, Barb Goulding of California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother Darryl Anderson; sister in infancy Diane Anderson.

A memorial service for both Roger and Darlene will be at 10:30 AM; Friday, April 22, 2022 at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City.  A gathering of family and friends is planned for one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.  The interment will take place in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Pine City.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.

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