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Tootie Nelson, of Stanchfield, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  She was 85 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Braham Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Thursday, January 5th at the Braham Covenant Church and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

INURNMENT will be in the North Maple Ridge Cemetery in rural Braham.

Ruth Ann “Tootie” Nelson, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 85 surrounded by family on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Abbott Northwest Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tootie was born April 18, 1931 in Dunnell, MN to George & Mathilda (Bruhn) Rosburg. Tootie was the 8th of 9 children. When Tootie was in 3rd grade the family moved to the Braham area. Tootie attended church at the North Maple Ridge Covenant Church and was confirmed there on July 27, 1947. That church continued to hold a special place in her heart and is where Tootie will be buried. Tootie attended school in Braham and graduated from Braham High School in 1949.

Tootie married Larry Pangerl on January 12, 1950. They purchased Tootie’s childhood farm and raised their two children, Gary and Daryl. Tootie helped farm, but also worked at the Braham and Mora meat lockers. During this time Tootie also was able to complete a long time goal by getting her Red Cross certification as a swimming instructor and began teaching swimming lessons at Spectacle Lake.

Larry passed away on February 24, 1974 after an accident while snowmobiling at the family hunting land north of Nashwalk, MN.

Tootie later married Lloyd Nelson on December 17, 1976. Lloyd had three children…John, Laurie and LeslieAnn. Tootie again helped farm, raised children and taught swimming lessons. Tootie was able to teach swimming lessons from home in their pool during this time.

Throughout her life, Tootie enjoyed many creative hobbies including knitting, crocheting and sewing. She was a member of the local “knit-wits” club and always enjoyed getting together with them. Many people received quilts or afghans for graduations, birthdays, weddings or just because she wanted you to have one. Tootie also was an avid bowler for many years; she bowled on leagues or just for fun. But the one passion that Tootie enjoyed the most was teaching swimming. She taught swimming for about 50 years and it gave her great joy. She not only taught at Spectacle Lake and at her home pool, but she also was willing to go to wherever she was needed to help with any aspect of teaching a young person to swim or to improve their swimming ability.

Tootie has been an active member of the Braham Covenant Church for many years. Her faith and church family were a very special and important part of her life.

After retiring from farming, Tootie and Lloyd enjoyed traveling in their motorhome. They traveled to many places, sometimes on their own, sometimes with family and friends. They took their motorhome as far away as Alaska, but sometimes they parked the motorhome at a neighbors so Tootie could cook meals for them when they were busy working on a project that needed to be done. Many winters were spent away from the Minnesota cold in Arizona, California, Texas or another warm state visiting family and friends. When not traveling, Tootie would enjoy having family and friends come to her home to share a meal, and she always made sure you did not go home hungry. Tootie was very generous and was always doing what she could to help out, whether it was by providing a meal, teaching sewing or swimming to a young person or donating to her church in whatever way she could. Tootie was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. She will be greatly missed.

Tootie was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Larry, her brothers Bill, Pete, Bud and Fritz and her sisters Sis, Ardeth and Esther.

Tootie is survived by husband Lloyd; her sons, Gary Pangerl (Nancy Lee), Daryl (Robyn) Pangerl; Lloyd’s children, John Nelson (Jill MacMillan), Laurie (Roger) Lindquist, LeslieAnn (Mark) Elfman; grandchildren, David (Crystal) Pangerl, Mike (Chelsey) Pangerl, Wyatt Lindquist, Evan Lindquist, Olivia Elfman, Maxwell Elfman & Garrison Elfman; great grandchildren, Derek Pangerl & Paige Pangerl; brother Louis (Dee) Rosburg; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

20 thoughts on “TOOTIE NELSON”

  1. Our condolences to all of Tootie’s family, friends and neighbors. Tootie was a strong-willed, determined and a great hearted woman. I will cherish the fond memories of the neighbor-hood diet club, much laughter, the sewing lessons, yes, Tootie, I will pin, pin and pin!!!!! The butchering of chickens together, and making many do-nuts after Lloyd had butchered a pig. (we had the lard!!!) Oh, of course the many swimming lessons!!!!! Thank you for all you did in you life time. God bless…..Jim and Vonnie Lee

  2. So very sorry to hear. She was a great friend. And very generous to many people.. She will
    be missed. ..

  3. My most sincere sympathies go out to the family of Tootie Nelson. A great mentor she was to me growing up in church. Many words of wisdom she had. My most fondest memory was the swimming lessons. One year for my birthday she threw a pork roast in the pool for me. Only Tootie. A true farm girl she was with a laugh that could be heard for miles. God Bless.
    Kristi Swanson

  4. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lloyd and the family. Tootie was a great person.

    Ed & Elizabeth Fischer

  5. Our deepest sympathies to all the family. Leslie and family, all our prayers and hugs are with you during this difficult time. God’s Blessings Always.

  6. I will miss cutting Tootie’s hair. She always plunked down a handful of money and said, “I’ll take this much!”. and I would say back~~”You better see if you like it first!” Heaven has gained one loving and talented lady and we all will miss her so very much. She was generous and always busy doing something for others~~never caring too much about herself. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lloyd and all the family as she leaves a great big void in all our lives. She was a role model to me. Hold the door open for the rest of us, Tootie, we want to come where you are. Until then~~~take care.

  7. Our deepest sympathies to Lloyd and Family. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend, Will miss Her a-lot

  8. Tootie was a wonderful wife and an exceptional mother to her family of children. She possessed unending kindness, generosity and a positive spirit that never failed to be infectious to others. I remember many happy visits with Tootie and Lloyd. My condolences to Lloyd and the children.

  9. I will miss my aunt tootie. I loved her so. She was someone who made you feel like you were the only one in the room and were loved. Say hi to my daddy, your brother Bill. I will see you again. ♥️♥️

  10. Our deepest sympathies to Lloyd, and families, Toote will be missed, I will always remember my dad saying he really liked Tootie and if Lloyd didn’t marry her, he would . Sorry we can’t be there, but our thoughts and prayers are with you.. Cousins Bonnie and Phil

  11. I also have fond memories of Mrs. Pangerl teaching us a swimming lessons on Spectacle Lake. It was the highlight of my week during the summer. Thank You!

  12. It is so hard to lose one of your very best friends! Tootie was always there for everyone. She had the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever known. I will always smile and hear her wonderful laugh every time I think of her.
    We spent so many fun times bowling for “The She Shells”, fishing and playing softball. She taught me to swim when I was 36 years old. What a great teacher she was.!!! She traveled to St. Cloud to give lessons to my three grandchildren. I loved her so very much and will miss her greatly.

    Lloyd,Gary, Daryl,John, Laurie and LeslieAnn I send my deepest sympathy to you all.

  13. Our sympathy and prayers to the family….We continue to enjoy the water thanks to your wife,mother and grandmother. What a gift she was to ALL!

  14. My thoughts and sincere sympathy to Lloyd and all your family. When I think of my “Good old neighbors” it’s with fond memories. Love Lanie

  15. We will remember the great laugh, and up beat, can do attitude Tootie always had when ever we would see her.

    She always was there to help out when Gary was remodeling his hangar or planning a get together of friends and family to be held there, and always genuinely interested in how you were doing when she saw you.

    Her bubbly personality, and warm smiling greeting will be greatly missed.

    Our sympathies to Lloyd, Gary, Daryl, and all of her family and friends.

  16. The community has lost a really wonderful lady. She was a dear friend to my mother and as an adult I enjoyed joining their club meetings where everything had to stop so that Tootie could watch Victor on her soap opera! Tootie had such an infectious laugh and was really fun to be around. She lit up the bowling league (not with her bowling but with her personality) and she was always good for a lively conversation. She taught me in swimming lessons at Spec Lake and Fish Lake along with my sisters and many of the neighborhood kids. I remember the stories that my mother would talk about so I know that Tootie’s family will have many, many memories of happy times. These memories will sustain you in the difficult days ahead.

  17. To the family of Tootie Nelson. I am very sorry for your loss. God is a God of comfort. He invites us to come to him in times of distress. He comforts us with the hope that these stressful and painful times will come to an end soon. Revelation 21:3,4; Acts 24:15.

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