Obituaries for February 11, 2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Mary Ann Nelson, 75

Mary Ann Nelson, 75, of Austin, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at Adams Health Care Center.

She was born Feb. 5, 1928, in Nevada Township, to Ole and Ella (Asklakson) Dahle.

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After graduating from Rose Creek High School, she completed normal training in Austin. She later earned her bachelors degree from Winona State. She began teaching in a one room school house North of Austin and later in a one room school north of Lyle.

On Aug. 6, 1950, she married Merle Nelson at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams.

After taking a few years off to raise her children, Mary Ann returned to teach at the Dexter school. When that closed she taught remedial reading in the Adams school, then finished her career as a third grade teacher at Southland Elementary in Rose Creek. She retired in 1984 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

She was an active member of Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church where she was choir director, Sunday school superintendent, and active with the Ladies Aide.

Survivors include husband, Merle Nelson, Austin; sons, Mark (Michelle) Nelson, Kent, Wash.; Neil (Leslie) Nelson, Richfield; Bryce (Kellie) Nelson, Rose Creek; daughter, Lori (Dale) Siegfreid, Austin; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 11, 2003, at the funeral home and Wednesday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church with The Rev. Lydia Mittag officiating. Casket Bearers will be Brock Nelson, Adam Nelson, Steve Nelson, Robert Nelson, David Nelson, David Gilderhus.

Interment: Six Mile Grove Lutheran Cemetery, Nevada Township.

Funeral Home: Adams Funeral Home, Adams.

Memorials: To The National Parkinson Foundation, or Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church.

Shirley E. Carlson, 86

Shirley E. Carlson, 86, of Austin, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at St. Marks Lutheran Home.

She was born Nov. 8, 1916, in Austin, to Charles and Anna (Marti) Petrehn.

She graduated from Austin High School and was employed as a secretary with the Hormel Foods Corporation office.

On Jan. 31, 1953, she married Robert G. Carlson in Austin.

Shirley was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Survivors include step-daughter and husband, Patricia and Harvey Hutchings, Rochester; six step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; step-daughter, Pamela Sherman; sisters, Irene Roldberg and Helen Bang; and brother, Willard Petrehn.

Visitation: Following the service at a luncheon in the Rasmussen Refectory of the church.

Service: 12 noon memorial service, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Greg Mannel officiating.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

Gairang P. Gatkuoth, 3

Gairang Pal Gatkuoth, age three, of Lake City, died Feb. 9, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

She was born Oct. 29, 1999, in Northfield, Minn. to Pal Ruei and Saraha Stephen.

Survivors include her parents, Pal Ruei and Saraha Stephen, brothers, Yoal and Reath Ruei, and sister, Nuawal Gatkuoth, all of Austin.

Visitation: 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, at the funeral home and Saturday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Pamela Sherman, 62

Pamela Sherman, 62, of Minneapolis, formerly of Austin, died Monday, Feb. 3, in Tijuana, Mexico after a brief, but hard fought battle with bile duct cancer.

Mother, artist, entrepreneur, teacher, writer and perennial student of life, Pam was a founding partner of the New French Cafe in Minneapolis as well as several other business ventures. She was an irreplaceable woman and a tremendous loss for those around her.

Pam is survived by daughters, Kirsten (Kiki) Nobbe, Alice Sherman, Jane Sherman, all of Minneapolis; mother, Clemecia Carlson, Minneapolis; sister, Patricia (Harvey) Hutchings, Rochester, Minn.; niece, Wendy; and nephews, Jon and Robert.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Carlson.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Illusion Theater Company at the Hennepin Center for the Arts, 526 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis, Minn. Memorials are suggested to "Raising Dough for Pam" 2308 West 50th St., Minneapolis, MN 55410.