Irene passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Bethany on University in Fargo, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 90.
Irene Juliet Graff was born on January 24, 1929 to Albert and Gertrude (Bjorgon) Graff. She grew up in rural Kindred and received her education at the Riverside School. Irene was united in marriage to Wesley Nelson on October 16, 1948 at the Gol Lutheran Church. They made their home on a farm near Kindred until 1958 when they moved into Kindred and raised their family.
Irene was a talented seamstress, making clothes for her family, friends, and community members. She also loved quilting, bowling, archery, cards, and trips to the casino with her husband. More than anything, Irene loved her family. It was always a highlight when she could attend the athletic and musical events of her grandkids. She never missed an opportunity to spend time with her loved ones.
Irene is survived by her husband, Wesley of Fargo; her children – Gail (Darrell) Discher of Davenport, ND; Sandy (Wayne) Reese of Laurel, MT; Kevin (Jose Lopez Castillo) Nelson of Lynnwood, WA; her five granddaughters – Kristin (Darren) Hoyme, Jennifer (Dale) Sitzman, Melissa (Travis Trapp) Discher, Tricia (Keith) O’Neil, Amanda (Dominic) Froemke; and nine very special great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings – Aagot Hansen, Evelyn (Morrie) Wirth, Doris Alverson, Corrine Nygaard, and Marlene Bergquist.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Michael Reese; and her siblings – Garnet Floberg, Beatrice Mortenson, and Gordon Graff.
The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany on University for the loving care she received for the past 6 years.
Funeral Service: 11 AM Monday at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo
Visitation: one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Monday
Burial: Norman Lutheran Church Cemetery near Kindred, ND
Memorials can be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or Ethos Hospice.