Madison - Nels W. Nelson, age 62, died Sunday April 1st, 2012 in his home on the east side of Madison. He was born on the 17th of April, 1949 to Selmer and Bernice Nelson in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Nels was raised on a dairy farm in Melrose Wisconsin and graduated from Melrose-Mindoro High School. After attending the University of La Crosse, he bought Mildred's Sandwich Shop on Madison's east side, which he owned and operated until his time of death. He was a peaceful and loving man who enjoyed gardening, cooking, hunting, good music and spending time with family. In addition to tenderly caring for his daughters, Nels always had cats to whom he devoted extraordinary attention. Nels taught himself to play guitar and played in a local band called Medicine Hat for some years, and has always loved music of all kinds. He was an advocate of peace and honesty, with a strong sense of community and a pension towards traveling, especially with his daughters. His patrons, friends and family know him as an honest, gentle, hard-working and kind man with a good sense of humor. Nels is survived by his two daughters, Emma Weise and Audrey Weise-Nelson, his brother Donald (Teresa) and sister, Dianne, and many loved nieces and nephews, as well as a large extended family. Nels is preceded in death by his parents Bernice and Selmer Nelson.
A Memorial Gathering will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3325 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, in his honor on Friday, April 6, 2012 from 4:30 until 6:30 p. m. with memorial speakers from 5:30 to 6:30 p. m.
There will be an additional Memorial Service on Sat. April 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM at North Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, W11275 County Rd C, Ettrick, WI 54627.
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