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Rosemarie Nelson


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Rosemarie Nelson Obituary
Rosemarie Nelson passed away at the home of her daughter in Ukiah, CA on August 21, 2018 after a long illness. She was seventy-seven. Rosemarie was born on May 15,1941 in Gait, CA to parents George W. Bettfreund and Mary C. Bettfreund (Beam). She was the youngest of three sisters and grew up in Auburn, CA. She married her first husband in 1957. They moved to Fort Bragg, CA in 1964, where she raised her family. Rosemarie had three children, Michelle, Laura, and Quinn Gangbin. Rosemarie worked as a cashier and a nurse's aide when her children were young. She later worked for the IWA Union in Fort Bragg as a secretary and benefits representative for 20 years, and at the Redwood Coast Senior Center as a bookkeeper for 5 years. After which she started her own bookkeeping business. Being involved in her community was important to Rosemarie and she enjoyed her work on various boards and associations. Some of which included being elected to the Board of Directors of the Mendocino Coast Hospital District for 12 years, serving as chairperson for three of those years, serving on the Board of Directors of the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) for 4 years, and being appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women in Mendocino County, serving for 6 years. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors of the Ukiah Senior Center. In 1984, Rosemarie married the love of her life, Donald R. Nelson, and her family grew by six. Rosemarie and Don lived in Fort Bragg until 2011, when, due to health reasons, they moved to Ukiah to be near her daughter Laura. Rosemarie is survived by her children Michelle Calcagno, Laura Reber, Larry Nelson, Deayne Nelson, Dale Nelson, Dana Nelson, David Nelson and Douglas Nelson as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Rosemarie had a strong faith in God her whole life. This faith helped her through two separate battles with cancer, the death of her husband and the death of her son. She passed away confident in the love of God and the promise of the resurrection. At her request, no services will be held. Donations, in her name, can be made to the Ukiah Senior Center.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Oct. 28, 2018
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