Francis (Hans) Nelson


Hans Nelson, 84, of Oconomowoc, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Hans was born and lived in Oconomowoc all of his life.


He married Marie McLaughlin on Feb. 25, 1950.


For more than 40 years, Marie and Hans owned and operated Lakeland Bakery in Pewaukee. Through their business, the couple made many friends and loyal customers throughout the area as they delivered bread, hard rolls and doughnuts to local grocery stores, churches and restaurants.  Loyal customer cravings for morning doughnuts were created from Hansí 20-hour workdays, which began in the wee hours of the morning. During his bakery career, he worked seven days per week, and only took two days off so as not to cause any sugar withdrawal for his customers.


Hans strongly believed in supporting  your local small business. His belief was business should always serve the customer. A successful small-business person will always open the door early, stay late, keep the money in the community and thereby improve and strengthen that community and its families. While in business and retirement, his loyalty to the backbone of American business never faltered.


Hans was a lifelong devoted member of Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, where his white stool became a familiar fixture at the back of the church. He also served the community for 30 years as a member of the LaBelle Cemetery board, including several years as president.


Hans is survived by his daughter, Betsy (Alex) Gosse, and son, Greg (Marilyn) Nelson. Also surviving Hans are grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, a great-nephew, nieces, cousins and in-laws.


Hans is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Hattie; wife, Marie; brother, Stanley; and daughter, Patti Lynn.


The family would like to give special thanks to Aunt Barb and Nephew Gary for all their unselfish love and assistance.


Visitation was Friday, March 1, at Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc. Funeral services were held at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 2.


Memorials are appreciated to Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, LaBelle Cemetery or to a charity of the donorís choice.


Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.