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Mildred Rose Nelson

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Mildred Rose Nelson

Mildred Rose Nelson, age 96, of Yankton, SD, died Sept. 14, 2013, at Avera Brady Health & Rehabilitation in Mitchell, SD.

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Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Yankton, SD, with Reverend Paul Opsahl officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery. Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Mildred Rose Nelson was born Feb. 1, 1917, to Walter and Rose (Wolkow) Schanck in Erwin, SD. She grew up in Erwin and graduated from Erwin High School. She moved to Yankton where she worked her way through Yankton College graduating with a Teachers Certificate. She began teaching at Gunderson #15 Country Grade School north of Yankton. She met Harold C. Nelson at a Lawrence Welk Dance in Yankton, and they married on Sept. 20, 1940. After their marriage Mildred helped on the farm just north of Yankton where she continued to live until she moved to Ethan to live with her daughter in 2011 at the age of 93.

Survivors include her daughter Charlene (Lewis) Bainbridge of Ethan; 5 grandchildren: Heidi Bainbridge, Matthew Bainbridge, Neal (Tara) Bainbridge and their daughter Charlie; Patrick Nelson; Andrew (Angel) Nelson and his children: Andrew, Breyton, Anessa, and step-son Payton; and sister, Nell (LaVerne) Tollefson of Huron, SD.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harold on March 8, 1987; son Lonnie; 2 brothers: Edward and John; sister, Margaret; and brother-in-law, Melvin.

To view the full obituary or to post an online sympathy message, please visit wintzrayfuneralhome.com.

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