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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121



Retta Nelson, of Grasston, passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin.  She was 80 years old.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held from 2:00-5:00 pm on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE & INURNMENT will be held at 5:00 pm on Saturday at the Grasston Union Cemetery.

MEMORIALS are preferred in lieu of flowers, to the Braham Area Education Foundation- Donate HERE

Retta Marie Nelson “Bunny” of Grasston, was born Easter Sunday, April 13, 1941 in Rush City. She passed away August 7, 2021 at the age of 80 at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah, WI. She was the oldest of four daughters of William and Loretta Stanton of Pine City.

As a child she had a passion for horses so as an adult she learned to train them and loved to show earning many ribbons and awards in the process. Her flower garden gave her much joy and always had many varieties over the years.

She was a school bus driver for the Princeton, Milaca, Mora and Braham School Systems and drove for over 50 years often having the opportunity to drive three generations of the same families. During the school day you would see her bus parked at the Braham High School where she dedicated her energy as a special education paraprofessional. After hours, she would drive the Basketball, Volleyball and Speech Teams to their games and meets. Dressed in Braham colors and team shirts she would enjoy sitting in the bleachers watching and cheering them on.

On her days off in the winter she would be out snowmobiling and summer months traveling to Wyoming with her family, riding horses in the mountains. In November 2008, Retta earned her private pilot’s license.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 59 years, Richard; sisters, Louis Stone, Ruth Ekstrom, Jean Drevecky (Terry); sons, Robert, Chad (Liz), and Shawn (Winnie); grandchildren, Robert Jr. (Erica), Katharina (Johnathon Boyles), Laura, and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Faith, Angelina and Brooks; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

15 thoughts on “RETTA M. NELSON”

  1. I am so sorry to learn of Retta’s death. She was a caring and kind person. Those qualities prepared her well for her work with children in the Braham School District. My condolences to the family.

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Nelson family. Retta was a wonderful loving person and always had time for her “kids”. She will be greatly missed.

  3. How often I thought of Retta when I had an oppotunity to drive through Grasston and Braham, wondering where she was located. I lost track of her after My husband Larry Anderson died. Richard, Retta, Larry and I spent times together when we were younger. Once ages ago riding horses in the snow somewhere, I have forgotten… Retta found me my very first job in Anoka when Larry and I lived in Blaine. We were friends, good friends. It saddens me to hear that she has died. I will remember her in my prayers and in my thoughts of all the happy times we had together.

  4. Larry and I lived in Braham for 9 years when our children were growing up. We lived on the Farm of his parents, Casey and Martha Anderson.

    Wanita (Anderson) Roe.

  5. My husband and Retta competed against each other for years in local horses show, they were gamers. Great memories of those days in the 1970’s. Jerry road Hump, the wonder horse and she rode an Appaloosa (Jerry thinks!) RIP dear lady!

  6. To the family of Retta Nelson,
    We have many fond memories of Retta and enjoyed her friendship over the years. She was always supportive of the music program in Braham and we appreciated that so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and may your memories bring you comfort.
    Love to all
    Marlene and Darwin Nelson

  7. Retta was a wonderful woman who had the very rare and special ability to make children feel special and loved whenever they were around her. She took the time to get to know all of the kids on her bus- even the shy ones like myself.
    I cannot express how much her kindness meant to me while I was growing up. I feel very fortunate to have had her in my life.
    My condolences to her family during this difficult time.

  8. Retta was a very special person. My daughter had a love of horses. I don’t remember how this came about, but Retta ‘leased’ us one of her horses (Tawn – an awesome horse). She made sure that Michele was able to handle the horse before we took her home. (Actually, Retta required that I get on Tawn. That didn’t turn out so well 😂)
    Thoughts and prayers to all of Retta’s family and friends.

  9. Sorry for the loss of Retta. We,at the bus garage, have a lot of great memories of our years spent with Retta.
    She loved all of the children and all of the school activities. She was so supportive of the Braham school, the children ,and community. She will be missed by the whole community!!.

  10. To Dick and family. I was shocked to see of Retta’s death. She was a special person who I admired for her great understanding of horses and enjoyed talking horse with her. She trained Deb’s horse, Sadie, gave us one of her geldings in exchange for our baby mule. Dick, it was wonderful a few years back to see you and Retta at the Rum River Square Dances. I will always remember Retta as a great mother who was so proud of her children and would let me know how they were doing as adults, a caring person in her teaching students and a great bus driver and supporter of the students of Braham Schools. Thoughts and prayers to your family and her siblings.

  11. Rhetta was truly a special person! She will be terribly missed. Those we love can never be more than a thought away…for as long as there’s a memory they live in our hearts to stay. Till we meet again…
    Love, Barry & Jene Nelson

  12. I will miss you my friend. To the Nelson family may the peace of God be your comfort in this time of sorrow.
    I have thought of Rhetta much over the years and many memories of years gone by.

  13. Retta & I spent hours on horseback riding the roads in & around West Rock & Rock Creek. We were “neighbors”, lived a mile or so apart. Her horse Terry & my Brownie walked along as we talked of our hope & dreams.

    I also owned one of few horses sent to her for training & she called me to come & get the horse, she was untrainable!
    I was shocked to hear of her passing.

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