Elaine Nilsen, of Stanchfield, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at her home. She was 66 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the church.

Elaine June Nilsen, of Stanchfield, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at her home.  She was 66 years old.

Elaine was born on October 29, 1946 in Rush City, Minnesota to parents Earl Vincent and Junette (Erickson) Person.  She grew up in South Minneapolis and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1964.  Elaine was united in marriage to Dennis Nilsen on June 27, 1964 at the Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.   She worked a few odd jobs before she and Dennis adopted their first son, Ben, in 1971.  The family continued to grow in 1976 when they adopted Dan and again in 1978 with the birth of Ron.  The family moved to Blaine for 12 years, before finally settling in Stanchfield in 1980.  In the late 1980”s, Elaine began working as a store demo lady.  She worked mostly at Cambridge County Market, Cub foods, and Walmart.  As she experienced more problems with her arthritis, Elaine was forced to quit working.  

In her younger years, Elaine loved to camp, hunt, fish, and take family vacations.   She loved to tend to her flower gardens during the summer.  Elaine adored her time spent as a nursery volunteer at the Cambridge Methodist Church.   Elaine enjoyed keeping up to date with local news by reading the newspaper and listening to her scanner.  She enjoyed doing her daily crossword puzzle and watching her favorite soap operas.  Most of all, Elaine loved to spend time with her grandchildren.  They seem to light up her days, and she was so proud of their many accomplishments.  Elaine will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Elaine is preceded in death by her parents, and brother Noel Person.

She is survived by her husband Dennis, sons Ben (Laura) of Carleton, Dan (Rachel Maas) of Cambridge, and Ron (Amanda) of Braham; grandchildren Nathan, Nicole, and Lucy; sister Nancy (Carl) Larson of Coon Rapids; nephews Grant Larson, and Mikal Applewhite; sister-in-law Marilyn Applewhite of Tacoma, WA; brother-in-law Gerald Nilsen of Sun City, AZ; former daughter-in-law Marcee Nilsen; many other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope officiating. Casket Bearers were Nathan Nilsen, Grant Larson, Billy Hammer, Bob Lind, Doug Person, Bruce Person, and Bob Olsen. Music was provided by Marie Grundberg.


7 guestbook entries for ELAINE J. NILSEN

  1. Eric Finnerty November 20, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Nilsen Family,
    Sorry to hear of the loss of Elaine. Her laugh and smile will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

  2. Cathy Greeley November 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I will miss her smile. My thoughts are with you.

  3. Tracy (Brown) Lucht November 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Dennis, Ron, Dan & Ben – I am so sorry for your loss. Elaine was a great lady, it is so hard to believe she is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  4. Colleen (Belland) Baker November 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Sorry for your loss. What a wonderful person your mom & wife was! She will be greatly missed.

  5. kay, Jim Pierson & Families November 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Our Sympathy to your family. We always had such nice visits,I will miss her much. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers, at this difficult time.

  6. Joel Sutter November 27, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    Sorry for your loss, she was a great lady with a great heart. She will be missed.

  7. Scott Colby and Family November 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Ron, Dan, Ben & Dennis,

    Very sorry for your loss, Elaine was a great person who always made me smile and was so nice. I will always remember grocery shopping at County Market and getting samples from your mom.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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