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Deanna Nelson

February 15, 1941 — October 3, 2022



Deanna Dair Nelson, age 81, of Cosmos, died on Monday, October 3, 2022, at her home in Cosmos.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 10, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos.  Visitation will be held Sunday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the church and also one hour prior to the service on Monday.  Interment will be in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Cosmos.


Deanna Dair Nelson was born on February 15, 1941 in Chokio, MN the daughter of Lyle and Lorraine (Melberg) Petersdorf. She was baptized on May 9, 1943 at Zion Lutheran in Chokio, Minnesota. She lived there until 1950 when moving to Cosmos. Deanna was confirmed on June 5, 1955 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos, Minnesota and graduated from Cosmos High School in May of 1959.


After graduation, Deanna married her high school sweetheart, Donald Nelson in June of 1959 and was a domestic engineer for 57 years. Together they had five children. 


During her leisure she was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church. Serving as leader of  the prayer chain, chair person of church quilting, leading bible study, spirit of Peace, and PLCW. She also served as a member of the Cosmos Community Club.  Deanna’s hobbies were attending school functions for grandchildren and great grandchildren, trips with her family and friends, card clubs, gardening, canning, Christmas baking, crocheting, and puzzles. Her most precious times were during the holidays with all of her children and grandchildren.


She will be dearly missed as she was the thread that bound the family together.


Deanna is survived by June (Nelson) Anderson of Rosemount MN, Dean (Donna) Nelson of Grove City MN, Penney (Ronald) Blankenship of Litchfield MN, Lyle Nelson (and special friend Patty Norton) of Cosmos MN, Wayne Nelson of Cosmos MN, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Elvina (Petersdorf) and Roger Nelson; Cheryl (Petersdorf) and Richard Wog; and in-laws Jim and Judy Nelson and Donna (Nelson) Johnson.


She was Preceded in death by her husband Donald Nelson, parents Lyle and Lorraine Petersdorf,  father-n-law and mother-n-law Erwin and Clara Nelson, brother Edward Petersdorf, grandson Dwayne Anderson, and brother-n-law and sister-n-law Clifton and Faith Nelson, and brother-n-law Keith Johnson.



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