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Bernice Nelson

March 28, 1947 — November 12, 2014

Bernice "Bernie" Nelson, 67, of Cannon Falls passed away November 12th, 2014.

She was born March 28th, 1947 to Stanley and Marion Sticha of New Prague. Bernie grew up on the family farm, she was the oldest of 8 siblings. At age 14, she left to be a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, WI, spending a total of 16 years in the convent.

On August 19th, 1978, Bernie married Francis Nelson at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Farmington, together they raised, Joel, Jerry, and Steven on a farm in the Sogn Valley, south of Cannon Falls.

Bernie was a devoted teacher, spending over 30 years as a full-time and substitute instructor for several districts throughout Minnesota. Bernie was a devout and active member of St. Pius V Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, and working on the farm. Bernie and Francis met each other at a polka-dance, and continued to enjoy old-time music throughout their lives together. She'll be remembered by her smile, her strong faith, and her absolute selflessness when others needed a hand.

She is survived by her husband Francis of 36 years; sons, Joel (Chrissy) Nelson, Jerry (Kari) Nelson, Steven (Lisa) Nelson; grandchildren Isaac, Micah, Charlie, Avery, Lily and Jack; siblings' George (Diane) Sticha, Norbert (Arlene) Sticha, Marilyn (Kevin) Phelps, Gilbert (Sue) Sticha, Glen (Amy) Sticha, Theresa (Donn) Zimanske, and Pauline (Tim) Anderson; sister-in-law, Rosemary (Mike) Heinrich, with many cousins, extended family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Leonard (Lillie) Nelson, and nephew Michael Zimanske. In Lieu of flowers and per Bernie's wish, memorials are preferred to charity.

Funeral Home: Lundberg Funeral Home 5839 Hwy 19 Blvd Cannon Falls, MN US 55009

Previous Events

Sunday, November 16, 2014
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lundberg Funeral Home

5839 Hwy 19 Blvd
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Monday, November 17, 2014
11:00 AM
St. Pius V Catholic Church

410 W. Colvill St.
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Graveside Service
Monday, November 17, 2014
St. Pius V Catholic Cemetery

Hwy 19 E.
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

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