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Lori Nelson - February 12, 2012


Lori Kathleen Nelson, 58, of Kearney, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at her home.
Lori was born Jan. 17, 1954, to Delmar and Bernice (Rapp) Nelson of Axtell.
She graduated from Axtell High School in 1972, from Gustavus Adolphus College at St. Peter, Minn., in 1976, and from Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Colo., in 1994 with a masters degree in occupational therapy.
She had been an occupational therapist for the Kearney area from 1994 to 2011, most recently working at Kearney Public Schools.
She had a lifelong love of art, making time to visit museums, teach calligraphy and quilt. She also loved cooking for her family and friends and trying new foods using vegetables grown in her garden. She traveled whenever possible and read extensively.
She has lived in many places, including St. Paul, Minn.; Berkeley, Calif.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Escanaba, Mich.; Louisville and Auburn.
Survivors include her partner of 8 1/2 years, Rendell Soderquist of Axtell; daughter, Kristina (Osberg) Robinson of Lincoln; son, Stephen Osberg of Omaha; sister, Jolene (Nelson) McGerr of Lincoln; sister, Judy (Nelson) English of Bowling Green, Ky., and her mother, Bernice (Rapp) Nelson of Kearney.
A memorial service was held Feb. 18 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Axtell with the Rev. David Evenson officiating.
Memorials can be made to the Axtell Public Library.
Craig Funeral Home in Minden was in charge of arrangements.