Barbara J. Nelsen, age 77 of Mankato, died Sunday, January 13, 2013 at her home.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2013 at Hosanna Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Thursday at Landkamer Johnson-Boman Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Barbara Joan was born October 13, 1935 to Lewis and Harriette (Porter) Larson in Des Moines, IA. Barbara was united in marriage to Louis Nelsen, Sr. on August 7, 1954; together they owned and operated Nelsen's Boat Landing in Madison Lake from 1979 to 1989. She worked for Manske Bus Service as a special needs driver from 1990 to 2002. Barbara was a great mother, grandmother, and friend. Her hobbies included gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Barbara is survived by her children, Viette (Warren) Schull, Faith (Mark) Worrell, Louis Jr. (Amy); grandchildren, Mikki (Jake), Nicole (Darin), Lindsey (Aaron), Corey, Dani, MacKenzie, Leila, Felicia; one great-grandchild due in June; sisters, Judy (Sam), Mary and Cheri (Charles).
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Harriette; husbands, Louis Sr. and Harvey; and siblings: Gary, Kenny, and Betty.