12-1:00 P.M. Friday, November 16, 2012 at First Lutheran Church, Fargo.
1:00 P.M. Friday, November 16, 2012 at First Lutheran Church, Fargo.
Immanuel Cemetery, near Hillsboro N.D.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Dorene Ann (Benting) Nelson, 82, Fargo, North Dakota, died peacefully November 12, 2012, at Essentia Health Hospital, Fargo. She had been a resident at Bethany on 42nd, Fargo, since March 2010.
She was born September 25, 1930, in Hillsboro, North Dakota, to Herman and Clara (Thompson) Benting. She grew up on the family farm located east of Hillsboro, North Dakota, and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1946. She married Bertel J. Nelson at Clifford, North Dakota, October 15, 1951.
Prior to her marriage, she worked as a secretary in the Traill County Engineer’s office at the courthouse from the time she graduated from high school. She was also church organist at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, for many years.
They farmed one mile east of Clifford. Into this union, five children were born. Dorene was church organist at Norman Lutheran Church, Clifford, and was a long-time piano and organ teacher for students in that area. When the farm was sold in 1969, the family moved to Fargo.
Dorene was manager of the printed sheet music department at Daveau Music Company (later purchased by Schmitt Music) in downtown Fargo for many years.
Following her time at Daveau’s, she began teaching piano and organ lessons in her home before developing Music, Incorporated, a music teaching business which featured several instructors of music including piano, organ, stringed instruments, drums and more. Due to health reasons, she was unable to continue the business in the late 1970s but spent many years after that teaching piano to students of all ages in her home in North Fargo.
She had been a member of First Lutheran Church, Fargo. She was an avid student of her well-worn Bible and made it a point to read it through each year for many years. It gave her great pleasure to quote from memory many uplifting scripture passages that encouraged and supported her throughout her life.
She is survived by one brother, Duane (Mae) Benting, Portland, Oregon; five children, Gary Nelson, Hankinson, North Dakota, Joyce (Joe) Avila, Bella Vista, Arkansas, Lynda Nelson, Rochester, Minnesota, Daniel (Gail) Nelson, Fargo, and Denese (Ron) Odegaard, Fargo; and two granddaughters, Erin Odegaard, Fargo, and Amy Odegaard, Fargo.
She was preceded in death by Bertel; parents, Herman and Clara; and sister, Isabelle (Palmer) Sundby.
The family especially thanks the staff at Bethany on 42nd and Essential Health Hospital for their excellent and gracious care.