Obituary: Marilyn Nelson

RACINE, WISCONSIN (January 31, 2020) – Marilyn Louise Nelson, wife of Covenant chaplain Roger Nelson, died November 4. She was 85.

She was born Oct. 28, 1934, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Joel and Martha Peterson. When she was in fourth grade, she and her family moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where her father became president of Covenant Bible College. They later moved to Walnut Creek, California.

Marilyn attended North Park College, where she met Roger, who was a student at the seminary. They were married Aug. 3, 1957, a year after she graduated. They served a Covenant church in Vancouver, British Columbia, and then in 1963, they moved to Chicago, where Roger became chaplain of Swedish Covenant Hospital.

For many years Marilyn worked at Covenant Bookstore, where she provided support to students and professors at North Park University, churches, and to the broader community. A longtime member of North Park Covenant Church, she served in many areas of ministry, including singing in the choir for several years.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Foss, and brother, Glen Peterson. She is survived by her husband, Roger; two children, Susan Guttormsen (Kevin), and Mark Nelson (Lisa); six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one step-great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Dec. 14 at North Park Covenant.

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  1. What a privilege for us to be neighbors of Roger and Marilyn Nelson when we lived at 5249 N. Christiana Ave. Such wonderful people! Marilyn and Roger were both great encouragers to us when Steve was in Seminary and I worked as an RN at Swedish Covenant Hospital. We have sweet memories of Marilyn and Roger. Our love and prayers to Roger and the family.
    Steve & Kitty Hoden

  2. This part-time bookkeeper at NPCC (1989+) remembers Marilyn and Roger. Occasions were few but in memory now as ”there” — hugs to you in those memories. We both know and I repeat my terms to Grief. ”You are now my unwanted companion. Understand one thing: You are not my boss.” Peace and Hope. Bill Bowen

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