Kaye L. (Haugen) Nelson

Born: Sat., Jun. 26, 1948
Died: Fri., Mar. 10, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 15, 2017
Location: Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home - Glenwood Chapel

Memorial Service

10:30 AM Thu., Mar. 16, 2017
Location: Glenwood Lutheran Church, Glenwood, MN

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Kaye Nelson, age 68 of Glenwood, died Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.  A memorial service celebrating Kaye’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 16th at Glenwood Lutheran Church with Rev. Randy Chrissis and Rev. Krista Lee officiating.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood and will also continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.  Inurnment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.  Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.    


Kaye Lynette Nelson, the daughter of Val (Kubly) and Marland Haugen, was born on June 26, 1948, in Mankato, MN. She grew up in Madelia, MN, and attended Trinity Lutheran Church. She attended school in Madelia and was a member of the Class of 1966. She was united in marriage to Bruce Nelson on June 9, 1968, in Madelia, MN. They resided in Madelia until 1977 when they moved to Blue Earth, MN. In the summer of 1981 they built their current home on the shores of Pelican Lake in Pope County, MN.

She was an active member of Glenwood and the surrounding communities. She adored her many local friends and stayed in touch with many of her childhood friends from Madelia. She belonged to the Glenwood Lutheran Church, Sarah Circle, Wild Women social club, and an active member of her Book Club. She was very active in planning each of her five-year class reunions in Madelia. Her working career included owner/operator of a local dress shop as well as working for Glenwood Floral. She also loved working as a paraprofessional at the Minnewaska Elementary School where she applied her love of helping children for fourteen years. She was currently serving her fourteenth year as the clerk for the Minnewaska Township.

She also turned her love of sewing into service by making backpacks and school kits for Lutheran World Relief. She was an avid reader and loved traveling with her family and visiting friends. She also cherished her role as a surrogate mother to her sister’s family since cancer took her too soon. But her favorite hobby was adoring her six grandchildren who were her joy and delight.

She is survived by her mother, Val Haugen of Glenwood, husband Bruce Nelson of Glenwood, daughter, Jodi McGinty of Glenwood, sons: Brad (Erin) Nelson of Inver Grove Heights and Greg (Lindsay) Nelson of Glenwood, and six grandchildren Madi (16), Mason (14), Ayla (7), Aksel (5), Stella (4), and Summit (2); brother-in-law, Dan Wihlm; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Marland Haugen and her sister, Karen Wihlm.

She will be remembered for her life of joy, kindness, and cheerful service to her family, her church, and her community. Most of all, she will be remembered as the heart and light of her loving family.


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Claire Hill
   Posted Mon March 13, 2017
We are so sad to hear that Kaye has passed away. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was a wonderful mother and friend. We are so sorry. You will all be in our prayers.
Claire and Steve Hill

Buzz Snyder
   Posted Mon March 13, 2017
Bruce- You and your family are in our hearts as you grieve the loss of your wonderful life partner. May your sorrow be eased with all the special, treasured memories of Kaye that you will carry with you always.

Buzz and Kathy Snyder

Doug and Donna Bogie
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
We were so surprised to hear that Kaye was gone. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bruce and your lovely family.

Vicky (Wolf) Sawdon
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
Bruce, my heart goes out to you and your family. Kaye will be missed by all who knew her. She was a wonderful women to know and to work with. Vicky Sawdon

Diane (Schaub) Obermeier
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
To Bruce and family,

You don't know me, but I was a neighbor & friend of Kaye when we lived in Madelia. She lived in a big house on a corner, across the street from the elementary school. I lived 2 houses away from her. Kaye & I played Monopoly for hours when we were kids.... had so much fun. Also, built igloos when the snow was deep... fun times. Her dad, Marland, took special interest in my brother, Craig, as a little guy. I was born in Glenwood, as were my parents so had many relatives there and visited when we could. Often, I would see Kaye on those visits.... by stopping by the old cafe next to the bakery. We enjoyed visiting and catching up. By the way, Bruce, I remember you from those early days too! I am so sorry for your loss.

In Sympathy

Kaye Courtney Zenk
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
I have fond memories of Kaye from way back in my first teaching days in Madelia. We connected through the spelling of our names. My prayers are with you Bruce and with your family. God bless you.

Kim Gugisberg
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Bruce, (plus Val, Jodi, Brad, Greg and the rest of the family)- We have literally and figuratively gone down may of the same paths in raising our families, supporting our communities and celebrating the joys and tribulations of life. Certainly this new path without Kaye, will be a difficult one without her smile, her sense of humor, her encouragement and her laughter. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers for some easing of your pain as I know the good times of the past will endure forever in your memories and hearts.

Gloria and Dean Danter and Betty Rosenau
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Our sympathies to your family. She was such a caring friend. Gloria, Dean and Betty

Ginger Beck
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
Kaye was a doll. Her passing is not only a a huge loss to her family, but also her friends and community. However, in the divine plan she left this earth right on time, tho knowing that doesn't make the pain go away for her loved ones. May the realization that she is absolutely fine, and wants everyone she loves to be fine also, speed your healing. Never forgotten, always cherished, she is still with you all, and always will be.

Carolyn (Jesse) Murtha
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017
Bruce and family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I know it has been years since we have seen each other but I remember back to our high school days and the fun we all had together. Kaye was a wonderful person. I will keep you in my prayers.
Carolyn and Jim Murtha

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