Aune Ilona (Uusitalo) Nelson
12/13/1922 - 11/14/2019
Aune Ilona (Uusitalo) Nelson, of Esko, previously of International Falls, Orr, Angora and also Ironwood, Michigan, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Barnes Care Assisted Living in Esko. A private service will be held. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.
Aune was born December 13, 1922 in International Falls, the daughter of August and Kaisa (Koski) Uusitalo. She attended schools at International Falls and Orr, MN, from which she graduated with honors. During WWII, Aune worked as an electrician on B17’s and B24’s at Northwest Airlines in St. Paul and later as a laboratory technician at California Ink Company, Berkley, CA.
After the war, she completed a year at Virginia Junior College before marriage. Eleven years later, she enrolled as a special adult student at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Two years later, she graduated with a bachelor of science degree. She taught three years at the Orr High School before accepting a position with Michigan State University as an extension home economist in Manistee, MI. Three years later, Aune transferred to Ironwood where she served simultaneously on Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties for 23 plus years.
During a one-year sabbatical, she earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. After retiring, she continued her education by enrolling in music and Spanish courses at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood.
Professionally she was a member of both Michigan and American Home Economist Association, as well as both Michigan and National Association of Home Economists. The latter two recognized her as an outstanding home economist in 1968 and 1973 respectively.
While in Manistee, she was active in University Women, League of Women Voters, Business and Professional Women and the Congregational Church. In Ironwood, she continued in BP Women, Children’s Trust Fund and the Methodist Church and its Deborah Circle. Later, she served on the Grand View Hospital Foundation as well as the Grand View Auxiliary Board. She also served 13 years on the Finnish American Festival Board, holding each office, then continued as an auxilian.
Her favorite past times were reading, listening to classical music, working in her yard, and needlework, most of which was given to family and friends.
She loved her family and looked forward to the times they would be together. After 44 years in Michigan, she returned to live in Minnesota.
She is survived by her children, Warren (Marilyn) Nelson of Cloquet and Dianne Nelson of Apple Valley; grandchildren, Chris (Scott Weber) Alementi, Brian (Cheryl) Alementi, and Lauren Nelson; great grandchildren, Hayden Olson, and triplets, Zander, Corbin, Anton Olson, Aiden, and Ava Alementi.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.