Print This Page

June 11, 1930 – Friday, September 21, 2012

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Friday, September 28, 2012
7:00 PM

Visitation Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Friday, September 28, 2012
5-7 PM

Arlyn B. Nelson, age 82, of Buffalo passed away on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

She was born on June 11, 1930 in Columbia Heights the daughter of Theodore & Jennie Larsen Ostmoe.

On January 19, 1952, Arlyn B. Ostmoe & Warren C. Nelson were joined in holy marriage at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Through the years, Arlyn always was interested and informed about local politics. She was the first women elected as a Wright County Commissioner. Arlyn served fourteen years on The Wright County Board.

She belonged to Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo and formerly sang in its choir. Arlyn also was a Board member of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education).

She was a forty-five year sponsor of The Christian Children’s Fund and a supporter of The Buffalo Community Orchestra.

Arlyn and Warren did extensive traveling in their retirement years and especially enjoyed Minnesota’s North Shore.

Survived by husband of sixty years: Warren C. Nelson; children: Daniel Nelson, Rachel Nelson (Max Weber), Margaret Nelson (Klaas Vandersanden) and Maren Nelson (David Lawrie); Grandchildren: Kieley Taylor, Cody Taylor, Annika Josephson and their mother Jordan Taylor, Marcus & Peter Vandersanden; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by a son: Matthew C. Nelson, her parents, a brother and three sisters.

A Funeral service for Arlyn Nelson will be held on Friday, September 28th at 7:00 P.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.
Pastor Ted Vanderpan will officiate.

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 28th from 5-7 P.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

Casket Bearers will be Cody Taylor, Marcus Vandersanden, Peter Vandersanden, Todd Stinson, Tod Hanson,Dean Nelson and Daniel McClellan.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sue Walters Austin

    Mr. Nelson (I still have to call you Mr. Nelson), Dan, Rachel, Margaret, and Maren: I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of your wife/mom – conversations in the kitchen, so many slumber parties when we kept the both of you awake all night, Bowser, driving to downtown Mpls to the House of Vision to get glasses for Margaret and to visit Rachel at work (cannot remember the name of the store)…so many memories of your family. I know she did a lot of things for Buffalo in her “years of politics” but I will always remember her kind heart as “Margaret’s mom.” God Bless all of you.
    Love, Sue

  2. Mary Krause Holmberg

    Mr. Nelson, (I, too, can’t call you by your first name; it is Mr. right?)Dan, Rachel, Margaret and Maren;
    So sorry to read of your Mom’s passing. On Saturday, I was telling our new daughter-in-law about the time I stayed over at your home after our 25 year class reunion. Margaret invited me to sleep over in her Mom’s bed. I felt hugged all night. Your family has been in my thoughts the past 3 days and I didn’t know why. Maybe it was God’s way of sharing your sorrow. Gentle hugs to all of you.

  3. Teri Lachermeier

    Warren it was just a few days before Arlyn passed that we had such a wonderful conversation about the two of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.

  4. Margie Hanson

    Dearest Warren and family,
    A “highly favored” auntie, Larry would say. Arlyn was a godly lady, kind and good to all. She’s with the saints, rejoicing, awaiting our arrival. Love, Margie

  5. Chris, Nikki, Ariel and Ella Hanson

    My thoughts and prayers are with Warren, Daniel, Margaret, Rachel, Maren, and the entire Nelson family during this difficult time. From the time I was very little until the last time I got to see her, I’ll always remember Arlyn for being warm, kind, and caring. God bless.

  6. Leanne Colebank LaFave

    Mr. Nelson (another one of the kids that just can’t call you by your first name); I’ll forever be grateful to you and Mrs. Nelson for the love and kindness bestowed on me through the high school years taking in this Corcoran kid on those nights when it was so nice not to have to travel the long distance home and be closer to the school events. Your house was a home away from home. I’ve treasured Margaret’s friendship all these years along with the deep friendship of you, her dear parents. Hugs to you all.

  7. Leann Pommier

    We were so sorry to hear of Arlyn’s passing. She was a wonderful “Mom” to many. We can’t make it Friday, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Harley & Leann

  8. Leann Pommier

    Nelson Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry to hear of Arlyn’s passing. She was a wonderful “Mom” to many. Good memories…
    Love, Harley & Leann

  9. Karen Terhaar

    My condolences to the Nelson family. Having known a few of the Nelsons, I see that Arlyn and Warren brought intelligence, humor and open-mindedness into this world. Arlyn’s life was full of purpose and contribution. How wonderful that hers was a positive influence on this earth! We all benefit from that!

    I wish you all great speed in getting to that place in time where thinking of Arlyn brings a big smile and reflection on all she meant to you.

    My best,

    Karen Terhaar


Submit a Guestbook Entry

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *