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Mildred F. Nelson

Canton – Mildred F. Nelson, 97, of Canton, formerly of Onalaska, WI, passed away at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Graham Hospital. She was born on February 22, 1922 in La Crosse, WI to Lester and Dorothy (Smith) Warner. She married Leslie Nelson on January 10, 1942 in La Crosse, WI, he preceded her in death.

Millie was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Paul Nelson, one brother, Edward Warner and one sister, Doloris Franscisco.

Surviving are two children, Sherry Nelson of Canton and Danny Nelson of northern Wisconsin, one daughter-in-law, Janet Nelson; five grandchildren, Debbie Thompson, Lynnaus Gilbertson, Paul Nelson, Jr., Kris Dare and Leslie Wang; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Edyth Taylor of La Crosse, WI and Dawn Forer of Onalaska, WI.

Millie retired as a Respiratory Therapist after 15 years. After their retirements Millie and Leslie enjoyed traveling. They visited family, attended Leslie’s WWII reunions and many nieces and nephews at their colleges. They spent winters in Florida, Texas and Arizona where Millie and Les enjoyed golfing on various golf courses and sightseeing.

Millie was a member of La Crosse Temple Baptist Church and Onalaska American Legion Post 336. She loved to embroider beautiful keepsakes for her family members, loved to work crossword puzzles and was a beloved prayer warrior for her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Funeral arrangements in Onalaska, WI will be announced at a later date. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date at Onalaska Cemetery in Onalaska, WI. Memorials can be made to the Salvation Army or a Veteran’s organization of your choice. To make online condolences you may go to

1 Comment

  • Debbie Thompson

    Reply October 3, 2019 8:23 am

    A favorite memory of mine that always puts a smile on my face. Is when we were in the car, and I was up front sitting between Grandpa and Grandma and they were singing Skidamarink A Dink A Doo. They sounded so nice together. Another was when Grandma would make me her egg salad sandwich. It was the best. I think everyone had something that they liked that Grandma made. I now will remember Grandma as being up in heaven with Grandpa harmonizing with song.

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