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In Memory of Carolyn Nelson

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday January 28, 2020
Zion Lutheran Church
221 Lockwood Street
Woodville WI, 54028

Gathering of Family and Friends

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday January 27, 2020
Zion Lutheran Church
221 Lockwood Street
Woodville WI, 54028

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday January 28, 2020
Zion Lutheran Church
221 Lockwood Street
Woodville WI, 54028

Carolyn Lois Nelson, 88 of Woodville, formerly of Spring Valley, passed away in the late hours of Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Park View Home in Woodville. Though she was born in White Rock, MN on October 14th, 1931 to parents Clarence & Luella Hagman, but she had a special love for the stepfather that raised her, Burt Safe. Carolyn’s family would eventually move to the Spring Valley area in her youth. She graduated from high school in Spring Valley; & also met & married the love her life & best friend, Walter Nelson, at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on February 4th.

Carolyn was always strong in her faith; & committed much of her time & energy to participating in church functions. She was a member of the church choir & the bell choir, taught Sunday school & vacation Bible school throughout her many years as a parishioner. Carolyn was also a talented a musician, & used her skills on the piano  & organ to express her faith as well. When she wasn’t at church, Carolyn could be found enjoying her time spent with the ladies of the local Red Hat Society, or the Woodville Legion Auxiliary. However, in the spring & summer time, you would have been more likely to find Carolyn maintaining their yard and tending to their landscaping and flowers.  Though Carolyn lived a busy life, she was never too busy for her family. They were her pride & joy; & there was she enjoyed more than spending time with her grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her dedication to church & family, her kind heart, & her warm smile.

Carolyn will remain in the hearts of her beloved husband of nearly 70 years, Wally; children, Sherry (Duane) Jensen of DePere, WI, & Ron (Jan) Nelson of Woodville; grandchildren, Brandon (Kerri) Jensen, Zachary (Hailey) Nelson, Meredith (Andy) Risler, & Hillary (Tony Rausch) Nelson; great-grandchildren, Garrett, Hunter, & Eivin Nelson, & Nora Jensen; brothers, Carl Safe, Ken (Nancy) Safe, & Jim Busch; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends, & extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence & Luella; stepfather, Burt Safe; siblings, Lyle (Sandy) Hagman & LaVonne Ellingson; siblings-in-law, Grace (Willard) Albrecht, Lawrence (Muriel) Nelson, Marie Geurkink, Jean (Harold Fern)/(Dick) Kamm, & Jeanette Busch.

A Funeral Service for Carolyn will take place at 11:00 A.M, Tuesday, January 28th at Zion Lutheran Church, 221 Lockwood St, Woodville. A Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 P.M, Monday, January 27th at Zion Lutheran Church, as well as one-hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment will occur at Sunset Cemetery of Woodville. Memorials are preferred to Zion Lutheran Church. Services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.

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    • Jan, Ron and Family! My deepest sympathies on your loss. She was a beautiful person. Praying for you!

    • I’m sure my Mom & Dad were first in line to greet Carolyn to her heavenly home. She leaves behind all pain & suffering and is reunited with all our loved ones❤️ We all will miss her laugh, miss her spunk, and miss her big heart❤️ What a class act this lady was, 😘 with deepest sympathy to Wally, Sherry, Ron and all your families. 😢 She is dearly missed, hugs!

    • What a beautiful lady she was. It’s so sad when medical issues take the life of such a wonderful wife, Mom & Grandmother. I will always remember her as Wally’s wife and he will be so very lonesome without her. My deepest sympathy to all the family.