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Lois Nelson, 86

Lois M. Nelson, age 86 of Stillwater, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Boutwells Landing surrounded by her three daughters.

Lois was born April 17, 1927, in New Richmond, the daughter of Bernard and Katherine (Stevens) Heffron. She grew up in New Richmond and attended the College of St. Catherine. Afterward, she spent time in the banking industry in New York and St. Paul. On Oct. 7, 1961, she was united in marriage to William "Nelly" Nelson in New Richmond. Lois loved golf, bridge, reading and traveling, but most of all she loved her family.

Preceded in death by her husband, William; and her parents.

Survived by her daughters, Mary Jo (Mike) Neuman, Carol (Mike) Smith, and Gayle Nelson; granddaughters, Nell and Kalle Smith. Also survived by many family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Church of St. Michael, 611 3rd St. S., Stillwater, MN, 55082. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Simonet Funeral Home, 6429 Osgood Ave. N., Stillwater, MN, 55082, and also 1 hour prior to the Mass at church. Burial will be at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at St. Michael Cemetery in Bayport, Minn.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Croix Catholic School or to Lakeview Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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