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“Dear Nelson Family,We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Mom. Everyone loved your sweet Mom.We had many laughs and...Read More »
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“Dear Nelson Family,We are so sorry for the loss of Mrs. Nelson. It's been many years but we, our family, have wonderful memories of activities at...Read More »
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“Dear Nelson Family, I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your mother. She was always such a gentle soul. Snooky (Valenta) Ryan ”
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“To the Nelson family,So very for your loss.Vi was a very special person.I played golf with her. Also we made dolls together with some the golfers....Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Rosemary Masone - Stamford, CT

“To the Nelson family,So very sorry for your lossVi was a very special person. I played golf with her also we made stuffed dolls with some of the...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Rosemary Masone - Stamford, CT

“Sincere sympathy for your loss .Vi was a very special lady .Jo and Phil Socci ”
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“So sorry for your loss .Vi was such a sweet lady .Enjoyed playing golf with her ,but mostly enjoyed her friendship . ”
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“To the Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Your mom from our neighborhood as we were all growing up.I'm happy that I...Read More »
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Viola P. Nelson passed away peacefully on January 19, 2018. Vi was born in Stamford on April 29, 1926 to Catherine (Seminara) and Anthony Parente. She lived most of her life in Stamford. Vi graduated from Stamford High School in 1943, was an active member of the reunion committee, and attended Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School. She worked at Petro Oil for a brief time, but left to dedicate her life to her family. Vi and John were married on October 11, 1947. Vi was a loving mother and grandmother who encouraged each of her children and grandchildren to pursue their dreams. She was known for her excellent Italian cooking and began several family traditions including trays of home-made manicotti at Christmas and Angel Wings at Easter. Vi’s passion was golf. She played in the Women’s 18-Holers at Hubbard Heights and Sterling Golf Courses. She was a member of the Stamford Women’s Club, and served as Hospitality Chairman. She enjoyed playing bridge with her husband and friends as well as bowling with her husband in St. John’s Lutheran Church Bowling League. Vi was predeceased by her husband, John, her parents, her sisters Mary and Fanny, and her daughter, Darlene. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Mortensen (Paul) of Durham, CT and Nancy (Dick) Albu of Darien, CT and her son Rick (Lou Anne) of New Jersey. She also leaves her grandchildren Paul Mortenson, Jr. (Dena) of Woodbridge, CT, Kristine Mortensen of Manhattan, Julia (Tom) Williams of Brooklyn, Marc Albu (fiancé Annie Starke) of Studio City, CA, Trey and Ryan Nelson of New Jersey. She has three great-grandchildren, Paul Mortensen III, Alexandra Mortensen, and Asher Williams. Vi is also survived by her aunt, Yolanda Seminara, of Stamford, CT and her cousin, Rev. Jonathan Woodhall of Raleigh, NC. The family would like to thank the staffs at Atria of Darien, Sunrise Senior Living and Smith House, along with her independent aide, for their outstanding care and compassion. They treated all of us like family and made Mom feel comfortable and loved. Calling hours will be Friday, January 26 at Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Boston Post Rd., Darien from 9:30-10:30, followed by a Mass at Sacred Heart Church , 37 Schuyler Ave. in Stamford at 11:00. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park in Stamford. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.