Obituary: Ida Catherine Nelson


February 23, 2024

Ida Catherine Nelson, 91, of Hermantown passed away on Feb. 10, 2024, at St. Luke's Hospital.

Ida was born on Aug. 19, 1932, to Rudolph and Doris Eliason. She graduated from Brookston High School in 1950. She worked at Glass Block, then Younkers, before retiring. Ida partnered with her husband, Gene, in owning and operating Nelson's Service. Ida enjoyed reading, traveling all over the U.S., and the company of many friends and family.

Ida was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Gene; and sister, Julie Flynn.

Ida is survived by her children, Carla (Terry) Netland, Cathy (Michael) Ellis, and Brian Nelson; grandchildren, David Netland, Nicole (David) Urness, and Tristen (Brandon) Ellis; great-grandchildren, Noah and Tate; brother, Oscar (Carole) Eliason; several nieces and nephews; and many close family members and friends.

The family thanks the staff at Keystone Bluffs and St Luke's Hospice for their care of Ida.

Cloquet Community Hospital Foundation Wine & Beer Tasting Event. 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 7 at Grand View Grill and Bar, 2820 Midway Road, Duluth.

A funeral service was held Feb. 21 at Sunrise Funeral Home in Hermantown, with interment next to Gene at Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please give to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Ida's memory. Please share online condolences and photos at

Pine Knot News, Feb. 23, 2024


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