Linda Lou Nelson

August 13, 1948 — August 31, 2021


Linda Nelson, 73, of rural Wesley, died Aug. 31, 2021, at Mercy Hospital, Mason City. A funeral service was held on Sept. 4 at Oakcrest Funeral Services in Algona. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Wesley.

Linda Lou Thompson was born to Vanda Cecelia (Gollner) and Elmer Thompson on Friday, Aug. 13, 1948, at the Kossuth Hospital, Algona. 

She grew up on the family farm. In 1951 her father was killed by lightning, but the family continued on the farm. Linda and her siblings were adopted by Francis Pfeffer when her mother remarried. She attended schools in Wesley and Algona, graduating from Algona High School in 1967. 

Her work experience began at Graham’s Department Store. She left Kossuth County for a time to earn her cosmetology certification through La James in Mason City. Linda returned to Algona to work in Elva Hall’s beauty shop. Later she was employed at Snap-on Tools for several years before turning her full attention to raising her children.

In June 1990, Linda began a new career when she became an owner of The Travel Agency. These were the days before ticket sales on the internet. Dealing mainly in air travel and cruises, she truly enjoyed learning the ropes, earning her certified destination specialist designation, and helping businesses and individuals arrange their travel itineraries. When she sold the Agency, Linda continued to work there for many years.

Her other interests included personal travel, dancing, volunteering at Kossuth Regional Health Center, volunteering at Road Runners Dances, crocheting, audio books and shopping. Family and friends were very important. She made a point of going to graduations and weddings.

Linda is survived by her children: Andrew “Chip” Nelson (Honey J. Grodt), Ankeny, Lora Nelson-Pinson (Ralph E. Pinson), Oxford, Ala. and Angela Nelson, Beaverton, Ore.; her grandchildren: Kai Nelson, Reid Pinson and Roman Pinson; and her siblings: Caecilia Weiland, Joseph Pfeffer, Joan Pfeffer and her former husband and friend Dave Nelson.  She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and infant brother James Thompson. Online condolences may be left at


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