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Judith M Olson (Nelson)

DOD:  8-29-2009

Spouse:  Allan A Nelson


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12/19/09 06:06 PM #1    

Penelope (Penny) Paddock (Krieger)

Judy's obituary, published in Star Tribune on 9/1/09:

She was born February 14, 1943, in Mpls, the daughter of Wallace G. and Mildred I. Olson. On June 22, 1968, in Mpls, she was united in marriage to Allan A. Nelson, who survives. She is also survived by three sons, John (Sara) Nelson of Mankato, MN, Kris (Emily) Nelson of Overland Park, KS and Kyle (Jill) Nelson of Allen, TX; brother, Tom (Betty) Olson of Bloomington, MN and four grandchildren, Katherine, Marit, Elijah and Logan. She was preceded in death by her parents. Judy received her education in Minnesota, first at Bancroft Elementary, then Folwell Junior High and Roosevelt High School, where she graduated. She then graduated from Augsburg College in Mpls. She taught physical education and art in all levels, elementary, high school and college. She was a gifted, natural athlete at any sport she participated. At the age of sixteen she set a United States record in speed skating and was voted "Most Athletic Female" in her high school senior class of 850. She was inducted into the Augsburg College Athletic Hall of Fame. Music was another of her talents, playing cello in high school, college and city orchestras. She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Overland Park, KS. Judy was a gracious, caring, loving, unselfish, generous, patient, intelligent, beautiful and magnificent human being.

12/31/09 12:13 AM #2    

Dennis Dvorak

Judy was a great friend. I remember her when she lived on Bloomington Avenue and as a young girl speeding down the sidewalk on her bike with her pig tails flying parallel to the ground. Judy's parents were friends of my parents and being that my family lived across the street from her family store on Bloomington Avenue, we had many years of association. Judy and I played cello in the high school orchestra and being that both of us were interested in art, we took many art classes together. I asked Judy to our senior prom and I remember teaching her all the dance steps. Judy was adept at all sports except dancing. Ha! We had a great evening. I am deeply saddened to read of her death and treasure her memory.
I lost track of Judy until an evening news segment featured her son and his agility in gymnastics. I did send Judy a note about a class reunion some years ago and the hopes that she would be able to attend. I contacted Judy's brother to get her address. Judy's brother took Penny Paddock to the same prom. Upon receiving the corsage that I bought for Judy for the prom, she hit me on the arm in appreciation. My arm throbbed the entire evening. Funny things that we remember.

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