Carol Diane Nelson

Carol Diane Nelson, age 84, loving mother, and adoring wife to husband Scott A. Nelson, passed away peacefully on the 8th of November 2022. Carol was born June 4, 1938, in Virginia, Minnesota to Hugo and Nellie (Lattanzi) Jorgensen; she grew up and lived on the Iron Range most of her life. All who knew Carol were impressed with her high-level of intelligence, so it is no surprise that education had always been a high priority for her. After graduating from Roosevelt High School as an Honor Graduate, she attended Vermilion Community College, and the University of Minnesota, earning an associate degree, two bachelor’s degrees, and a master’s degree, all with honors. She worked 25 five years as an educator for the Mesabi Range Community & Technical College, serving as the Dean for both the Advanced Technology Center and of the Continuing Education/Custom Training Programs. She was also a classroom instructor for Accounting, Business, and Computer Science. Carol also volunteered and/or served as a member of the following organizations: Iron Range Economic Alliance, IRRRB Technical Advisory Board, American Accounting Association, American Association of University Women, Quad Cities Technology Center Steering Committee, Mesabi Range College Technology Programs Advisory Board, and the Itasca Community College Technology Programs Advisory Board.

As a wife, mother, and grandmother, she was generous, caring, nurturing, loving and kind. She always took care of her children, her family and her friends. In her free time, Carol loved to travel, read, cook, play cards, and board games. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.
Carol is survived by her husband Scott Nelson, sons, Paul (Lisa) Preblich, James (Nancy) Preblich, Michael Preblich, and Scott Nelson Jr., brothers, Jim (Judy) Jorgensen, Tom (Jeannie) Jorgensen, Dennis (Kaye) Jorgensen, Dale Jorgensen, and Dean Jorgensen, sisters Pam (Rodney) Lundstrom, Diane (John) Starkovich, numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother Nellie Palazzari, father Hugo Jorgensen, and sisters Lois Palazzari and Doreen Jorgensen.
Please join us celebrating her life Saturday morning November 19, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. Services will be held at Hope Community Presbyterian Church, 212 S 5th Ave, Virginia, MN 55792.