Eugene “Geno” H. Nelson, 77, Ely, dies

Eugene “Geno” H. Nelson, 77, Ely, died Monday, Apri1 28,2014 at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, MN after a year-long cancer battle.
He was born July 22, 1936 in the Shipman Hospital in Ely, the son of Harold and Frances (Mavetz) Nelson.
Gene began his hard-working mining career at Pioneer Mine in Ely; then was employed with Reserve Mining Company in Babbitt. Later, he enjoyed a senior employment program position at the U.S. Forest Service airplane hangar on Shagawa Lake, his favorite place since youth. He enjoyed fishing trips with his buddies, a ham radio hobby, and his many years with his special friend and partner Sandra “Sandy” Stenvik and their dachshund dogs.
Gene is survived by his two daughters, Peggy Nelson and Anna James; granddaughter Jill Cruz, all of St. Paul; and Sandy’s children: Owen Stenvik, Thief River Falls, Mark Stenvik, Minneapolis, Cheryl Stenvik, Blaine, Elissa Lindsoe, Shoreview, and Ralph Stenvik, Plymouth.
He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved special friend Sandra Stenvik. No formal services are planned. A private family memorial celebration of Geno and Sandy’s life together with burial are planned for a future date.