Alice L. Nelson, of Mora, MN, died on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the Villa Health Care Center. She was 100 years old.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband H. Edward Nelson.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Mora United Methodist Church in Mora.
Alice Louise Nelson of Mora died on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at the Villa Health Care Center in Mora. She was over 100 years old having lived an entire century…
She was born on May 23, 1909 in Washington D.C. to Albert F. Bronniche and Alice Sophia (Qvist) Bronniche. The family settled on Spring Brook Hill in Mora in 1919.
She attended country school through her elementary years and graduated from Mora High School in 1927. Following graduation, Alice took one year of teacher’s training and began her teaching career. She taught for 10 years in country schools in Isanti and Kanabec Counties, and later in the Mora Public Schools. During the summer months, Alice took additional teacher training at Winona State College and in Boulder, Colorado.
Alice was united in marriage to H. Edward Nelson on January 10, 1939 at her parent’s home. To that union two sons were born, Leonard and Peter.
She was active for many years in Nelson’s Variety Store, the family business. It was started by her husband, Ed in 1944, and together they worked to provide a wide variety of merchandise for their loyal customers. In 1975 their son, Peter along with his wife, Franci, purchased the business. Alice continued to help out in the store whenever she was needed well into her retirement years. The business was a fixture on the Main Street of Mora for 48 years before closing in 1992.
Alice was an active member of the Mora United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and served in the Women’s Ministry programs. She was a member of the Mora chapter of the Eastern Star; and for many years, she volunteered at the Kanabec County History Center.
Alice, together with her husband, established the Ed & Alice Nelson Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors of both Mora and Ogilvie High Schools. Both Alice and Ed were strong supporters of higher education for young people.
She enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking, playing card games, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and visiting with family and friends. Over the years she shared many pieces of her lovely handwork with those she loved. She also had a special gift of hospitality. Preparing and serving delicious meals for family and friends was one of her greatest pleasures. She always made everyone feel very welcome in her home.
For 25 years, Alice and Ed spent their winter months in Florida. They formed many friendships there and enjoyed spending time with these friends and also with their son Leonard and his wife.
Her two grandchildren, Matt and Sara, were the delight of her life. Many hours were spent with them in their younger years reading, playing games, and baking special treats. She was very proud of all their accomplishments and always let them know how much she loved them.
Alice was always a very loving, caring, and kind person to everyone she knew or met over the many years of her long life.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Alice Bronniche, husband Ed, and by her two brothers Fred and Paul Bronniche. She is survived by her two sons, Leonard and wife Janet Nelson of Boynton Beach, FL, and Peter and wife Franci Nelson of Mora; two grandchildren Matt and wife Lana Nelson of St. Cloud, MN and Sara and husband Steve Caputo of Santa Barbara, CA., one great grandchild Benjamin Caputo, nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and a host of friends.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Mora United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis Buckley officiating. Inurnment will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora in the spring.