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Dorothy A. Nelson, February 3, 1932 - November 3, 2019

Dorothy A. Nelson
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Dorothy A. Nelson, age 87, of Eau Claire passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019 at her home. 

Dorothy was born on February 3, 1932 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, WI, to Warner and Martha (Keiser) Hanson.  She was baptized at home on February 21 by Pastor Juneau of Zion Lutheran Church, Town of Pleasant Valley (Cleghorn).  She was confirmed at Zion on April 8, 1945 which was the observation of the congregation’s 50th anniversary.  Dorothy’s confirmation verse: Revelations 3, 20. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Dorothy graduated from the Eau Claire Senior High School in 1949.  Following graduation, she worked at Schumacher Motor Express as a secretary until her marriage to Donald L. Nelson on May 26, 1951.  They resided on her family’s farm in the Town of Pleasant Valley where she was active in Eau Claire County Homemaker’s, Farm Bureau Woman, PTA, and 4-H. 

After her son, Douglas joined the farming operation she worked as an Administrative Assistant at Cowles Law/Cowles Legal Systems in Eau Claire for several years and then at the Grace Lutheran Foundation for two years and finally at St. John’s Apartments from where she retired in December of 2011.  She served as organist for Zion Lutheran Church for many years where she was also a Sunday School/V.B.S. Teacher, Congregation Recording Secretary, Treasurer, member of the Ladies Aid and L.W.M.L., as well as Zone Secretary.

In the community, she was secretary for the Eau Claire County 4-H Leader’s Association for several years as well as General Leader of the Pleasant Valley 4-H Club for seventeen years and 4-H Fair Superintendent.  She also served on committees for Farm Bureau Women and Farm Progress Days. 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; sister, Evelyn; grandson, Kyle Nelson; twin granddaughters, Chelsea and Kimberly Stone; and son-in-law, Walter Snowden.

She is survived by her loving children, Beverly Snowden, Steven (Stephanie) Nelson, Karen (Steven) Stone, and Douglas Nelson; grandchildren, Kristi (James) Montgomery, Derrick (Miranda) Nelson, Joseph Stone, Talitha Snowden, Emma Snowden, and Stacy (Ryan) Clausen; great-grandchildren, Cameron Montgomery, Madelyn Montgomery, Christian Clausen, and Laura Clausen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Irvin and Lois Nelson; sister-in-law, Shirley Masterson; as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral service will take place at 11 am on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church, E3720 County Rd HH, Eleva, WI 54738 with Pastor Timothy Moe officiating.  Burial will take place immediately following the service in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Visitation will take place on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 4:30 pm - 7:30  pm at Hulke Family Funeral Home and on Saturday morning at the church from 10 am until the time of service.  

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Jane Zimmerman Marti November 14, 2019

    Bev, Steve, Karen & Doug - so sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. I have many fond memories of visiting you on the farm when I was growing up. Your Mom was an amazing lady. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. David Erickson November 10, 2019

    My condolences to the Nelson family. Dorothy and your father both were great friend of mine and my family. Your folks, being Christians, are now into the next chapter of their eternity.

  3. Ruth Erickson November 8, 2019

    I am saddened to learn of Dorothy's passing. Dorothy was a friend and role model to me for many, many years at church. I enjoyed our talks and will miss her. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  4. Ann & David Burnell November 8, 2019

    We will always remember this awesome, wonderful, beautiful woman. Thoughts and prayers go out to all.

  5. Jodi Thesing-Ritter November 7, 2019

    We are incredibly grateful for your lifetime of service to Eau Claire County 4-H and the Eau Claire County Fair! You will be missed, Dorothy. We are also so very thankful for the blessing your have been to Miranda. Thanks for helping to raise our wonderful son-in-law! Our condolences go to Doug and all of his siblings, Derrick and Kristi. Many prayers of thanksgiving for the incredible presence Dorothy had in our community.

  6. Alan and Judy #ommerfeld November 7, 2019

    Our sympathy is with you. I remember all the years she gave of her time for the church in Cleghorn. Wonderful lady to work with. God’s blessings to all in this time of your loss and always.

  7. Sue Bast November 7, 2019

    I met Dorothy when I joined Zion Lutheran and became her partner in the Altar Guild group. She was a very kind person and I used to tease her when she’d shoot back up the stairs to play the organ that it was her knees we could her squeaking not the stairs. She was a very sweet and busy woman. We at Zion will miss her.

  8. Ellen Yule November 7, 2019

    To the family, you have our deepest sympathy. What an upstanding citizen of the community and church. If we just tried to be a little like her things would be different in this world. So involved in 4H also and the Dairy industry. I wonder if she ever missed a Sunday playing the organ for church? Maybe just when her children were born...but who knows then she probably had them sitting by her at the organ. Thank You Dorothy for your love and devotion to our community. We will miss you, but we know you are in the best place ever!!!