Marlene Nelson

Marlene Nelson, of Randolph, went peacefully to be with her Lord on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Randolph Health Services in Randolph.

Marlene Helen Winnes was born in Baraboo, WI on January 24, 1936 to Gordon and Helen (Ruda) Winnes. She graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School in 1954 and Luther College, Decorah, Iowa in 1958 where she met David Nelson.  They were married June 6, 1958 and made their home in Cambria. They were married for twenty-nine years before his sudden death in 1988.

Marlene pursued additional college credits at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Madison to become a special education teacher. She taught in the Rio, Pardeeville, and Cambria-Friesland school districts for several years.  In her later years she worked at the Randolph Pharmacy where she enjoyed assisting and visiting with customers.  She enjoyed reading, sewing, music, knitting, gardening, watching birds, crossword puzzles, solitaire and sports.  She made the best Butter Horn rolls and donuts. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cambria where she served on various committees.  Great joys were spending time with her grandchildren, visiting with her neighbors and friends along with frequent breakfast and lunch gatherings at Denise’s Café in Randolph.

She was blessed with two children: Martha (Brad) De Young of Friesland: Jon (Susie) Nelson of Rice Lake; a special foreign exchange student Crister (Britt) Olviken of Norway; her grandchildren: Ben De Young of Friesland, Jennie (Marc) Berger of Friesland, Brooke (Corey) Steimsma of Cambria, Andy Nelson of Eau Claire, Megan (Todd) Hanson of Winona MN., Kristin Nelson of Milwaukee, Mollie (Grant) Kleven of Duluth, MN., and 4 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Sandy Winnes of Wisconsin Dells and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in  death by her husband, Dave; a brother Frederick and her parents.

The family would like to thank the staff at Randolph Health Services and Hillside Home Care and Hospice for their loving care of their mom, her condo neighbors who looked after her while living in her condo and Rev. Kristin Frederich for her pastoral care.

A private graveside service will take place at the Cambria Cemetery.  A celebration of life is being planned for a later date.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at