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Pearl P. Traufler, 83

May 15, 2010

Blue Earth — Funeral Services for Pearl Pauline Traufler, of Blue Earth, formerly of Albert Lea, were held May 11, 2010, at the Grace Lutheran Church, of Albert Lea. The Rev. Andrea Myers, and the Rev. Karl Rydholm officiated. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery, Albert Lea.

Pearl died May 6, 2010, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, in Blue Earth.

Pearl was born Nov. 16, 1926, in New Richland, the daughter of George and Pauline (Anderson) Wildman. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, in New Richland and attended public school in New Richland.

She was united in marriage to Vernon R. Nelson, who preceded her in death. She was later married to Earl Traufler, who also preceded her in death.

Pearl worked alongside her husband Vern at Vern’s Plumbing and Heating in Albert Lea, and helped manage the Alice Hotel for many years. She also worked at the State Hospital in Hastings, and St. John’s Lutheran Home, in Albert Lea.

Pearl enjoyed baking, knitting, crocheting (loved fishing!), and traveling to visit with her family.

Pearl is survived by her children, Gene (Maureen) Nelson, Dennis Nelson, Cliff (Kathy) Michaelis, and Diane (Mike) Calderon; daughter-in-law, Judy Nelson; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Vernon and Earl; daughter, Karen Lee Nel-son; son, Gary V. Nelson; seven half brothers, Chester, Arthur, Earl, Kenneth, Lloyd, Vernon and Donald Michaelis; two half sisters, Ruby and Opal.