In loving memory of

Trudy Nelsestuen
August 22, 1941 - November 9, 2021

Trudy Nelsestuen, age 80 of Minnesota City, died peacefully surrounded by family on November 9th, 2021.
Trudy was born on August 22, 1941 in Fountain City, WI to John and Mary (Scholmeier) Duellman. On September 4th, 1965 she was united in marriage to Ardell Nelsestuen. This union was blessed with three children, Paul, Jill, and Katie. Trudy spent time working at Watkins when she and Ardell were first married and when the kids came along, she took on the role of stay-at-home mom. When the kids were a little older, Trudy went to work alongside her sister and brother in-law at Stan Ferguson trucking company doing bookkeeping work until her retirement.
Trudy was an exceptionally talented baker. She was famous for her Christmas cookies and her apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies. She relished in the challenge of quilting and was meticulous with each quilt she created. Trudy also enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Above all, Trudy was most proud of her family. She always brought insightful wisdom to situations her family came to her with, providing a different perspective to consider. She had great pride in all her grandkids special interests and encouraged them to pursue their dreams. Trudy left a beautiful impression to all who had the chance to meet her and she will be dearly missed.
Trudy is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ardell; her children, Paul (Theresa) Nelsestuen, Jill (Travis) Buxengard, and Katie (Leif) Pettersen; her grandchildren, Erica (Steven), Nicole, Nick (Kate), Jon (Tia), Kendra, Morgan, Noah (Kendra), Grant, and Paige; great-grandchildren, Sarah and Waylon; and her siblings, Dave Duellman, Suz (Stan) Ferguson, Joan Valentine, and Jan (Blake) Pickart.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings and in-laws, George (Sue) Duellman, Alfred Fenske, Glady Duellman, and John Valentine.
A Memorial Service for Trudy will be held at 3pm on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at the Hoff Celebration of Life Center in Goodview, MN. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 1 - 3 pm on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at the Funeral Home. Please leave a memory of Trudy and view her video tribute when it becomes available at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family.


Cheryl L Slattery wrote on Nov 17, 2021:

"My memory of trudy was making my dress for Jan and Blake?s wedding. I was 18 and nervous. She made me feel comfortable was very kind and an excellent seamstress! May you find peace now. Bless you and your family. Cheryl (Pickart) Slattery "

Kristin Ellinghuysen wrote on Nov 15, 2021:

"My deepest sympathies to your entire family. Have many memories of the picnics we had, the impromptu fires, her wonderful cooking. I still have the quilt she gave me as a wedding gift 32 years ago. She had so many talents. Blessings to all of you. "

Jessica Day wrote on Nov 15, 2021:

"It is my prayer that God will comfort you and your family during this sad time. May he richly bless you as you mourn, and may the light of His presence be a continual source of consolation. RIP TRUDY~ Love, Jessica Day cousin of Ardell Nelsestuen "

Kristen Herrick wrote on Nov 15, 2021:

"I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed hanging out with your family. Enjoy the memories until you all meet again"

Chuck -Karen Bleess wrote on Nov 13, 2021:

"What a great person to work with.Never a cross word about anyone.Always a smile on her face.Her baking talents will be missed by all those Trudy blessed with her yummy treats.You are gone from here,missed by MANY and will never be forgotten. Ardie,Paul,Jill and Katie you are truly the fortunate ones to have had her love all these years. "

Billee Davis wrote on Nov 11, 2021:

"Jill, you and your family have my deepest condolences, cherish the memories, until you all meet again.... Billee Davis"

Lisa and Bob Brown wrote on Nov 11, 2021:

"Rip Aunt Trudy .. Hugs.... love lisa"

Kate Anderson wrote on Nov 11, 2021:

"My thoughts and prayers are with Katie and the Family. Sending my love. I can?t imagine your pain, but I pray for comfort in knowing your Mom is now at peace. She will always be with you! Kate Anderson"