Dorothy Nelson

Dorothy “Dodie” (Fread) Nelson, 75, passed away peacefully February 15, 2018, in Sauk Rapids.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Timberlake Hotel in Staples. Memories will be shared at 2:00 p.m.

Family graveside services will take place at a later date.

Dodie was born on December 7, 1942, to Martin and Dorothy Fread in Bismarck, ND. She spent her childhood years in Washington state before moving to Staples at the age of 12. She graduated from Staples High School in 1961 and married John Nelson. Over the years, Dodie was a day care provider to more children than can be counted, sharing her love of baking and taking long walks through Staples.

Dodie is survived by her husband; two daughters, Cathy (Mike) Bengtson and Jodie (Tom) Wendt; three sons, Rick (Boom) Nelson, Rob (Sue) Nelson and Mark (Katherine) Nelson; seven grandchildren; brothers, Martin/Don (Bobbi) Fread and Tim Fread.  

She is preceded in death by her parents and an infant child.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Sacred Heart Area School in Staples.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100 Staples, MN 56479 Telephone: (218) 894-1112 - Fax: (218) 894-3570 Toll Free: 1-888-894-1112 E Mail:

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