Florence Marie Nelsen


February 2, 2023

Florence Marie Nelsen, 98, passed away January 30, 2023 at Washakie Medical Center. She was born August 13, 1924 to Mike and Teresa (Morath) Hoffman on the family farm south of White Lake, SD.

She attended school at the Kluthe School south of White Lake. Florence graduated from High School in 1943 from White Lake. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Springfield College. She taught school for 36 years, primarily in Aurora County and in Plankinton, SD.

On September 14, 1948 she was united into marriage to Robert M. Nelsen of Stickney, SD. They were married at the Catholic Church in Platte, SD. They were married for 60 years. They had two children, Carol Jean and Robert LeRoy.

They lived on a farm northeast of Stickney until 1965. Then they sold the farm and bought a home in Stickney. She lived in Stickney until March of 2019. In March she moved to Worland, WY and lived with her son Bob and his wife Tana. Her greatest enjoyment in life was her family and her grandchildren. She also enjoyed her teaching career.

Florence was a member of St. Mary's Church in Stickney, St. Mary's Altar Society, and the Legion Auxiliary. She worked for the Aurora County Superintendent of Schools and was a receptionist for Dr. Lloyd and Lewis. She served on election boards and on the Dudley Township School Board.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bob in 2008, her daughter Carol Jean in 2007, her parents Mike and Teresa, four brothers: Clarence, Donald, Joseph and Raymond, a sister Margaret and her grandson Greg.

She is survived by her son Bob and wife Tana Nelsen of Worland, WY; two sister-in-law's, Wanda Hoffman of Yorkton, SD and Peggy Nelsen of Charlottesville, VA; many nieces and nephews; six grandsons and one granddaughter, 16 great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass and Inurnment will be held at a later date at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Stickney, SD. Arrangements have been entrusted to Veile Mortuary.


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