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May 17, 2022

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Carol Nelsen memorial service set for April 21 at St. John's in Stewartvile

Carol D. Nelsen, 82, of Stewartville, died at home on Sunday, April 3, 2022, of natural causes, surrounded by her family.
Carol Deanne Johnson was born on March 7, 1940 in Rockford, Illinois, to Earl "Fred" and Geneva (Quist) Johnson. She graduated from Rockford East High School in 1958. She attended Luther College and Rockford Business School.
Carol married Wayne Kammerer Sr. in 1961 and together they had Wayne Jr. They were later divorced.
Carol was married to David Hall Nelsen on Aug. 4, 1973. They made their home in Rockford, where they welcomed daughter Jodi. Carol was a homemaker and worked in the accounting departments at Sundstrand, Clinkenbeard, and RocVale Children's Home. Later in life, she worked as a home health care provider. After a brief move to Peoria followed by a return to Rockford, Carol and David moved to Stewartville in 2013 to live near their daughter's family.
Carol was a natural born caregiver who, even as a young girl, could often be found helping others. Carol was a longtime active member of Alpine Lutheran Church in Rockford, where she volunteered in many activities including Altar Guild, choir, and enjoyed the camaraderie of ALPS and Marriage Encounter groups. After moving to Stewartville, they joined St. John's Lutheran Church. She could be found volunteering or participating in activities at the Center for Active Adults. She was proud of her Swedish heritage and was a member of the Swedish Historical Society, the Independent Order of Svithiod/Corona Lodge 23. Carol was an AVID Chicago Cubs fan. She loved being outdoors and hiking on her many travels with David, bowling, chocolate, and time spent with her family, especially her granddaughters, Lora and Geneva.
Carol is survived by her husband of 48 years, David; son, Wayne (Heather) Kammerer Jr. of Bronx, New York; daughter, Jodi (David) Dettmann of Rochester; granddaughters, Lora and Geneva Dettmann; two brothers, Dr. Kent (Shirley) Johnson of River Falls, Wisconsin, and John (Danita) Johnson of Rockford; sister-in-law, Bernice Johnson of Rockford; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and special cousin, Judy (Mark) Lauer, Prescott, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Shirley Celebron; brothers, Earl Johnson Jr., Gene Johnson, Donald Johnson; and special aunt, Arlene Nelson.
A memorial service for Carol will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville, with Rev. Justin Kumfer officiating. A time of visitation for family and friends will take place two hours prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.
A second service will take place at a later date in Rockford, Illinois, with burial in Arlington Park Memorial Cemetery in Rockford.
Memorials may be directed to Alpine Lutheran Church, St. John's Lutheran Church, or the Center for Active Adults at the Stewartville Civic Center.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray FH in Stewartville. To share a memory or condolences of Carol, please visit
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Mayo Clinic Hospice for their wonderful care.

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