Nelson, Florence A.
July 14, 1932 – March 15, 2014
Florence A. Nelson, 81, of Winona, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare in Winona. She was born on July 14, 1932, in Arcadia, Wis., to Joseph and Gertrude (Pronschinske) Rotering. Florence graduated from Arcadia High School in 1950. She attended Winona Secretarial School. Florence worked as a secretary for Peterson & Challeen, city of Winona, Winona Police Department, and the Winona Park and Rec.
On July 14, 1952, Florence married William Nelson in Patuxent River, Maryland. They made their home in Winona, where they raised their three children. Florence was an active member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. She was a member of the Sierra Club and Westfield Bridge Club.
Florence was predeceased by her parents; husband; four sons; one daughter in infancy; brother, Jerome Rotering; sister, Sr. Josette Rotering; and son-in-law, Kent McMillan. She will be greatly missed by her children, James (Mary) Nelson of Minneapolis, Minn., William G. (Nancy) Nelson of Winona, Minn., Mary Jo McMillan of Winona, Minn.; grandchildren, Gina, Danielle, Steve, Jennifer, Emily, Adam, Anthony, Melanie; great-grandchildren, Ruby, Ada, Liliana and Charlotte; brothers, Mathias Rotering of Independence, Wis., Sylvester (Nona) Rotering of Minnesota City, Minn.; sisters, Bernetta Haines of Arcadia, Wis., Marian (Bill) Cavanaugh of St. Charles, Ill.; and many more relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10:30 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona, Minn. Further visitation will be Friday, March 21, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona, Minn.
A private family interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and/or Saint Anne Extended Healthcare.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona, Minn. and Fountain City, Wis.