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October 21, 1927 - October 13, 2014

Eleanor was born October 21, 1927 in Fillmore County to  Emerson and Lilly (Vatland) Trimble. She attended country school in Newburg Township.  On April 21, 1947 she married Alvin Nelson in Houston, County.  They lived and farmed in several places in area.  In 1973 she started working at the Cliff House in Decorah, Iowa, and then later at the Eastern Star Nursing Home before retiring in 1987.  She then moved to Mabel where she was a babysitter for several children and enjoyed reading, puzzles, ceramics, embroidery, and cooking. 

Eleanor passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel at the age of 86.

Eleanor is survived by her children Arlene (Terry) Olerud of Spring Grove, Charles Nelson of Spring Grove, Darlene (Dick) Juve of Decorah, Robert (Judy) Nelson of Mabel, Gary (Colleen) Nelson of Mabel and Marlene Nelson of Evansdale, Iowa; daughter-in-law Deb Nelson of Hesper; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; four sisters Annette Emery of Decorah, Polly (Herb) Bruhnke of Madison, Wisconsin, Lorna (Truman) Reynolds of Carroll, Missouri, and Linda (Joe) McCabe of Caledonia, Minnesota; and brother in-law- Curt Anderson of Richfield, Minnesota

Eleanor was preceded by her husband, Alvin; her parents Emerson Trimble and Lilly Vatland Trimble Thompson; a son Greg; a grandson Curt Wennes; daughter-in-law Sandy Nelson, and son-in-law Gary Wennes; sisters Ilene Anderson, Emogene Tollefson, and Mary Usher; and a brother Paul Thompson.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating.  Burial will be in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Riceford, Minnesota.  Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM Friday at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.    Memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice.
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