Gudrun “Goody” Nelson, 93, of Minneapolis, formerly of Hazel Run, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at her home in Minneapolis.
A Celebration of the Life of Gudrun “Goody” Norgaard Nelson was held on March 15, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls, in Minneapolis.
Gudrun “Goody” Nelson was born in Hazel Run to Endre and Tina Norgaard on May 7, 1919. She was baptized, confirmed and married in the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Hazel Run. After graduation from Hanley Falls High School she moved to Minneapolis and enrolled in the 3-year nurses training program at Swedish Hospital. After graduating as a registered nurse in 1941. she met John Nelson when she was assigned to care for him as his private duty nurse. They were married in Hazel Run March 30, 1943 during John’s service in the U.S, Navy during WWII. After the war, their two children were born; Jann in 1946 and David in 1948. Her beloved husband, John, passed away suddenly on August 12, 1949, from polio during the epidemic in the late 1940s. Sadly, in 2002 her only daughter Jann passed away from cancer. She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran church of Minnehaha Falls beginning in her student nursing days. The church community was a joy and comfort to her throughout her life. As a widow and single mother she returned to work at Swedish Hospital and worked there her entire career. Eventually she headed up the student health service department. She retired in 1981 to her home across the street from Nokomis Square and in 1987 moved into her apartment in Nokomis Square. During her years at Nokomis Square she had an opportunity to travel and be involved in her favorite activities of needlepoint and hardanger and never missed an opportunity to have cup of coffee with her many friends who stopped by daily to visit. She enjoyed her visits to Colorado to see her son David and his wife Caroline. She loved the Colorado scenery. Her life was a wonderful adventure of love and happiness, joy and sadness and everything else in between – she loved every minute of it. She will be missed.
She is survived by a son, David (Caroline), brothers: David (Mary Lou); and Mike (Anna); sister: Lois; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John; daughter Jann; and brothers: Fritz (Clarice); and O.H. “Hod” (Joan) and several close friends.