Rodger Keith Nelson, M.D., 83, of Berlin, Conn., husband of his beloved wife Rose Marie Nelson for 56 years, passed away peacefully at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain with his family by his side.
Born in Little Falls, Minn., to Albert T. Nelson and Myrtle I. Nelson, he received his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1959, and completed his residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1968. He proudly served his nation in the U.S. Navy as a Flight Surgeon on the USS Coral Sea CVN-43. He met his future wife Rose (an RN) while making rounds at the St. Albans Military Hospital.
Rodger was a Pediatrician at the Grove Hill Medical Center for 30 years, and he wanted to acknowledge and thank all of his colleagues, staff, and patients for the sharing of life.
He served on the Berlin Board of Education for many years, and, his passion and commitment to high quality education for all students was realized by his service to the Town of Berlin.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Theodore Nelson (children, Emelia and Jacob, fiancé, Monica, and daughter, Tia May), daughter Stephanie Hale (spouse, Karl, children Olivia and Evan), daughter Lynae Brescia (spouse, Vincent, children, Tommy and Jessica), his sister Myrtle Nelson of Minnesota, and extended family and friends who he dearly loved, and greatly enjoyed spending time with.
A Memorial Service was held at Porter's Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway in Berlin. Donations may be made to the Veterans support organization of your choice.