Irene Nelson passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND with her loving family at her side.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Strandquist, MN, with Reverend Caitlin Jensen  officiating.  Burial will take place Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM  at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Lincoln Township, Marshall County, Strandquist, MN.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Strandquist, MN.  Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the church.

Irene Klegstad was born July 4, 1939 on the farm North of Karlstad, MN daughter of Emil and Alma Christine (Logerquist) Klegstad. She attended school in Strandquist graduating in 1957.

On August 31, 1957 Irene was united in marriage to Gayhard Nelson at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Strandquist.  Together they raised their family and lived in the Strandquist and Karlstad area. She worked at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls and Karlstad. Irene pealed cedar posts and worked harvesting wild rice. She owned and operated Irene’s Café in Strandquist from 1993 until 2000. She began making wreaths in 1996 with her sister Jean Davis.

She enjoyed cooking and making dumplings which she was known far and wide for, sewing, needle point and crocheting. She liked to play bingo and spend time with her dog Yip. When her children were younger she was a Cub Scout Leader. Irene was the President of the Legion Auxiliary in Strandquist. She was an active member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church, Sunday school teacher for many years, bible school leader and the ladies aid.

She is survived by her children,  Brion Nelson of Karlstad, MN, Carol Dupre of Spartanburg, SC, Randy (Kathy) Nelson of Karlstad, MN, Brenda (Ben) Kasprowicz of Strandquist, MN, Donald Nelson of Strandquist, MN, Dean (Sherry) Nelson of Wirt, MN, and Myron (Dede) Nelson of Karlstad, MN; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; siblings Ernie (Katheryn) Klegstad of Hallock, MN, Gordon Klegstad of Wirt, MN, Jean Davis of Moorhead, MN, Ione Syverson of Karlstad, MN, Joan Pearson of Karlstad, MN; sisters-in-law, Lila Grandstrand of Karlstad, MN, Dorothy Borowicz of Stephen, MN, and Ina Lou (Butch) Baumgartner of Roseau, MN; several nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Arnold, grandchildren Chad Nelson, Steven Nelson, and Tiffany Nelson; sisters-in-law Betty Jo Klegstad and Nellie Klegstad.

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