Nellie Mae Palumbo

Nellie Mae Palumbo played her last hand of cards, Sunday, March 28, 2021.

She was born March 25, 1930, in Hibbing, to Howard and Lydia (Winsor) Lind. Nellie graduated from Cherry High School in 1948. On July 22, 1950, she was married to Mike Palumbo at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hibbing. Nellie held many jobs throughout her life, but her favorite job was nannying Nick and Pat Milani, who became like family to her. Nellie was a prankster amongst her family and close friends, a testament to her mischievous spirit was constantly buying gag gifts that would end up on Gary Milani’s (Pat and Nick’s dad) doorstep, even after she lost some of her mobility, she enlisted her daughter Michele to deliver the gifts for her. One of Nellie's favorite things to do was play cards especially “Oh Shit.” Her siblings would play together and take no prisoners.

Nellie is survived by daughters, Lynne Sabin and Michele (Lonnie Littler) Calder; grandkids: Michael (Jamie Zitzka) Palumbo, Amy Palumbo, and Carrie (Brandon Tracy) Calder; great-grandkids, Andrew, Declan, Christopher Gunnar; sisters, Phyllis (Wayne) Gunderson and Mary Alice (Ken) Carlson; brothers, Moe (Lois) Lind; sisters-in-law, Barbara Lind and Brenda Lind; bonus family: Gary, Jean, Patrick and Nicholas Milani and Mark, Donna and Maggie Groettum; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Palumbo; parents, Howard and Lydia Lind; daughter, Lorrie Palumbo; grandson, Christopher Calder; siblings: Bobby Lind, Billy Lind, Joanne Palumbo, Gus Lind, Albert Lind and most recently Dick Lind.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 2, at Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Interment will be held at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing at a later date.

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