Kathleen "Katie" Anne Nelson
December 10, 1960 - December 11, 2021


Kathleen "Katie" Anne Nelson
Dec 10, 1960 - Dec 11, 2021

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Kathleen "Katie" Anne Nelson passed away on December 11, 2021, at her home in Ames, Iowa. A public visitation will be held on Thursday, December 16th, 2021, at the Family of Christ Lutheran Church; 10970 185th St. West, Lakeville, Minnesota 55044, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m.

Katie was born to William and Roberta Giblin on December 10, 1960, in Elmhurst, Illinois. She was raised and educated in the area, graduating with the class of 1978. Katie attended Iowa State where she met her husband of thirty-nine years, Joel Edward Nelson. Katie and Joel moved to Texas where Joel went to law school at the University of Houston, while she completed her master's in education. Katie and Joel moved to Minnesota to be closer to family. Shortly after, Katie started her Bachelor's in Nursing at the University of Minnesota. After working for several years at the VA hospital in Minneapolis, Katie completed both her masters in nursing and became an advanced practice nurse/clinical nurse specialist. Katie continued to work at the VA in many different capacities over the years.

Katie's two biggest loves were her family and Iowa State, which very much went hand in hand. She enjoyed all sorts of hobbies which included: sewing, creating crafts, baking, cooking, puzzles, going to Iowa State sporting events, and most of all spending time with her family.

She is preceded in death by her father, William Giblin, and her in-laws Melvin and Iona Nelson.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joel Nelson; children, Cale, and McKinley "Mac" Nelson; her daughter in-law Annell Nelson, her grandchildren Griffin and Ariyah; her mother Roberta Giblin and her siblings, Sharon, Michael, Tom, William, Timothy, Shelia, Maggie, and Mary as well as a host of extended family and close friends.

Online condolences may be directed to

Patty Kraushaar on Dec 18, 2021

I’m so very sorry to hear of Katie’s passing! I worked with her years ago and valued her friendship. I will always remember her great sense of humor and her kindness.

Dan on Dec 17, 2021

As I am a Veteran - Katie helped me get care in the community in which I live in, rather than driving all the way to Minneapolis. She was very caring and concerned and helpful. I just recently spoke with her and am very saddened to learn of her passing.

Praying for her family and co-workers in this time of mourning and sorrow. May the Lord comfort and bless you all.


Sue wick on Dec 16, 2021

I’m sorry I didn’t know Katie as an adult- she was very accomplished and amazing. I am proud to say she was my cousin. My heart goes out to her family for the deep loss you have suffered. Eternal rest grant on to her oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her.
Peace and love. Susan (Giblin) Wick

Donna Wanless on Dec 15, 2021

Katie and I work together at the VA. Katie was just so adorable. loving. kind just an amazingly gentle soul, always caring and giving. I am so sorry for your lost and she will greatly be missed. God gave her to us even just for a little while, God loved her more our Angel has gone on to rest. God comfort your hearts and give you strength.

Tia Saint Onge on Dec 15, 2021

My deepest condolences for the passing of Katie. She was one of those amazing people who made others lives better by knowing her. Her unending energy, compassion and kindness will be missed. Rest in Peace, Katie.

Sharon Giblin on Dec 14, 2021

I want to thank Joel and the Nelson family, from the bottom of my heart, for taking Katie in whole-heartedly and giving her all that love for all those years. She was truly blessed to have found you.

Sharon Giblin on Dec 14, 2021

Sharon Giblin on Dec 14, 2021

Sharon Giblin on Dec 14, 2021

Sue West on Dec 14, 2021

I was privileged to know & work with Katie at the VA. Truly someone who made a positive impact on coworkers & patients lives alike. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My deepest condolences.

Trudy Harpole RN on Dec 14, 2021

CandleMay the Blessing of Peace and Love and the Joy of Happy memories sustain you Always! My heartfelt Love to you all !

Kelli Michels on Dec 14, 2021

CandleIt has been such a joy in my life to have known Katie as a coworker and friend. She has been a light in the world. I will truly miss her. My deepest condolences.

Jane Heath on Dec 14, 2021

When I think of Katie I remember her smile and how kind she was to everyone. She was a very special person and helped make the lives of so many better. My condolences to your family

Maurine Tambi on Dec 14, 2021

Knowing and working with Katie was a blessing. She was a hard worker and treated her co-workers at the VA with a lot of kindness and respect. I will miss her cheerful personality. My deepest condolences to the Nelson family.

Tammy Scott on Dec 14, 2021

So sorry to hear of Katie's passing...she impacted so many people over the years...she will be missed. Condolences to her family who lost her way too young...

Christine Hoffman on Dec 14, 2021

My condolences on the loss of Katie. So many, here at the VA, knew and loved her. Katie was a such a genuine person, a lighthouse, infectious with inspiration for others to do better, be better. I will forever be impacted by her, and am heartbroken she left us early. May her beautiful soul be at peace.

Annette Lawton on Dec 13, 2021

Katie was one of the most genuine people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She will be greatly missed by those of us who worked with her at the VA. Please take some comfort in knowing that she was well loved by those she worked with him she worked.

Tracy Hale on Dec 13, 2021

I’m sorry for your loss. I worked with your mom at the VA. She was always working hard for the veterans.Katie always went above and beyond for the veterans. She was a rock star at the VA for sure!! Please know that she was loved by many at the VA. ❤️❤️

Sarah Warth on Dec 13, 2021

Attracta Abulu on Dec 13, 2021

My deepest condolences to you. Joel Mac and the rest of your family. I know your heart is breaking, but please be comforted in the knowledge that your loved one is now resting with her maker in heaven. I will be praying for you all. God bless you. Attracta Abulu (Joel and Mac’s colleague) at Thomson Reuters.



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