Veteran of Burnsville's Distant Agrarian Past Dies at 83

Phyllis Martha Nelson, of Lonsdale, farmed in the area that would one day become the City of Burnsville.

Phyllis Martha Nelson, of Lonsdale, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at home, surrounded by family. She was 83 years old. 

Nelson was born on April 18, 1929 in Spring Lake Township to George and Otillia (Dorn) Busse. She married Harvey Nelson. The couple farmed land in Burnsville and later in Lonsdale.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; parents; and siblings Kenneth, Elmer, Delbert Busse, and Pearl Law.

Nelson is survived by her loving children, Debbie (Bill) Skarupa, David W. Nelson, Dawn (Randy) Korbel, Dan (Denise) Nelson, Darwin (Sheri) Nelson, Darla Kasper; 13 grandchildren; and her sisters, Hazel Melby, Jeanette Busse and Shirley Nelson.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at White Funeral Home in Lonsdale. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster, with visitation one hour prior to service at church. Interment will take place at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Webster.


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