ALYCE JEANETTE NELSON, age 92, of Delano, formerly of Luverne, died Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Legacy of Delano Assisted Living in Delano. She was born March 22, 1927, in rural Lyon County, IA, to Johannes and Dorothy Doorneweerd. She attended country school in Lyon County, IA.
When Alyce was 8 years old her family moved to a farm south of Lester, IA. The farm was owned by E.A Hunt with Alice's' father being a tenant. Alyce attended school through 8th grade but had to leave school in order to help her mother who suffered from asthma. Alyce was awarded a "I" award for extemporaneous speaking at a school competition regarding the Joe Louis/Max Schmeling boxing match. Alyce began her working career as a waitress at the Duchess Cafe in Luverne.
Alyce married Morton Nelson on December 18, 1948, in Luverne. They lived in a basement dwelling in Hills MN. Alyce candled eggs at Fikse's Hatchery in Hills. In 1960 The family moved to Luverne. Alyce worked for M & JR Hakes also candling eggs. Alyce was employed by Creeger's Children's Shop as a retail sales person. After leaving Creeger's, Alyce worked at the Good Samaritan Home, the Style Shop, and a number of years in the lunch line at Luverne Public Schools. She was frequent volunteer; Stanford Hospital, Backpack Lunch Program, Veterans Home, Grace Lutheran Church just to name a few.
Alyce has been a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins and always stating that win or lose they were "Her Boys". Alyce enjoyed two trips to Kampen, Holland to connect with her mother's family. She also went on a weeklong trip through Canada on the "Mountaineer" train and visited Niagara Falls. Alyce was a avid walker, passionate reader, animated poet and crossword puzzle enthusiast.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne.
Alyce is survived by her five children, James Nelson, South St. Paul; Paul (Robyn) Nelson, Blaine; Charlotte (Dick) Trende, Hudson, WI; Lauri (Jim) Fox, Tracy; and Daniel (Lori) Nelson, Delano; her eleven grandchildren: Rich Nelson, Kristin Nelson, Bethany (Kyle) Steffen, Andrea (Kory) Werk, Jennifer Nelson, Kathleen (Daniel) Joyce, Elisabeth (Andy) Johnson, Scott Trende, Sean Fox, Eric(Stephanie)Nelson and Sarah Nelson; nine great-grandchildren; and sister Dorothy DeRoo, Brooten.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Morton; brother and sister-in-law, Joe & Caroline Doorneweerd; brother and sister-in-law Dick & Leah Doorneweerd; sister and brother-in-law Casey & Jeanette Mauw; brother-in-law Lloyd DeRoo.
A memorial service will be 11 am Friday at the Grace Lutheran Church, in Luverne, officiated by Pastor Ron Nichols. A time of fellowship will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. A private family burial will precede the service.
Dingmann Funeral Home, in Luverne, is in charge of arrangements.
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