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Paul R. Nelson
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Marathon for a Better Life
    PO Box 268
    Warnerville, NY 12187

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“Danny and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. Fondly,Pat and Danny ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: Danny and Pat Shepard - FL

“Loretta, Lynn, Lori, Linda, Robin and family...Schoharie County has lost a great person. Reflect on your memories....as I am. Paul's smile will be...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Tracy Cleveland

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss, Loretta. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We're sure you have...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Don and Carol Mackey - Carlisle, NY

“Dear Sweet Loretta; My heart aches for you and your family right now. Your husband's smiling face and quiet sense of humor will be miss by those of...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Nancy & Bob Cornell - Cobleskill,, NY

“Dear Aunt Loretta and family, Although there is nothing I can say right now to make you feel better, please know that Uncle Paul has finished...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Terri (Leto) Hamm - Gloversville, NY

“Loretta and family: So very sorry to hear about the passing of Paul, all of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Anyone...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Kay Thorington - Rogersville, TN

“Loretta, Sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I know you and your family have lots of fond memories of your life together. Condolences to you...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: JoAnn McGuire - Lopez, PA

“It has been a pleasure to be friends with Paul. He had to pick on me whenever I came in the shop. Paul will be missed by everyone he knew. He was ...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Don & Nancy Nelson - NY - Friend

“Paul and Loretta were my favorite clients. I will always remember Paul as a soft spoken gentleman with an impish smile. He was easy to talk to and...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Suzanne Kayhart

“I wanted to send my deepest condolences to the Nelson Family. I remember Paul as someone who in my Own sense, called Dad. Two of my best friends...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Steve Hamilton - VA Beach, VA

“Dearest Loretta, Linda and family, We can't tell you how very sorry we are to hear of Paul's passing. We can't imagine the heartache and sorrow your...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Richard and Christine Wick - NY

“I am very sorry your your loss Aunt Loretta, my condolences and prayers go out to you and the family. ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: Rick Leto - Johnstown, NY

“Loretta and Family All of us at the Sunshine Fair were so saddened to hear about the loss of Paul. He was such an asset to the Fair for all those...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Schoharie County Sunshine Fair - NY

“Loretta and Family, So shocked to hear about the passing of Paul. My mother and I were just in your store in December you and Paul was so helpful....Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Herb Van Natten Jr and Betty Van Natten - NY

“Loretta and family, Our condolences on Paul's passing. I have many fond memories of Paul driving bus with Dad, and coming into your shop. When...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Ellen Tillapaugh Bogardus - NY

“Loretta, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Denny and Debbie Tilison Owners of Race Printing ”
16 of 29 | Posted by: Denny and Debbie Tilison - NY

“Dear Loretta and Family ~ I was SO very sorry to hear of your loss. Paul ... a great man, always pleasant and easy to get on with. I always...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Sharon L. Aitchison - Cobleskill, NY

“Loretta, many years have passed between us, but we were friends when you and Larry attended Middleburgh Central. I think Larry was my first real...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Ella Mae (Hotaling) Snook - CA

“We send our deepest sympathy to Loretta and family. I have so many fond memories growing up next to the Nelson family. Paul will be sorely missed...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Dodi Cechnicki - Canajoharie, NY

“Loretta I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. May God Bless all of you. ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Myron E. KNiskern

“So sorry, Loretta. Heard the news in church this morning and couldn't believe we heard correctly. He will be missed by us, and we just pray that...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Roger & Jan Dietz - Cobleskill, NY

“Lorretta , I am shocked at Paul's passing. My prayer is for you and your family. I know that no amount of tear will fill the hole in your heart. In...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Linda Angell - Cobleskill, NY

“I enjoyed stopping in to see my aunt loretta and uncle paul there was time she tryed to pick on me not all the time but i remember when he showed me...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Matthew Rollins - Cobleskill, NY

“Loretta and Family, We are so saddend at the news of Pauls death! Larry has alot of good memories of driving school bus with Paul and still laughs...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Larry and Linda Salisbury - NY

“Loretta, I am so sorry for your loss.My prayers are with you as you walk thru the next few days and beyond.you are special as a friend and former...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Bonnie Schrom Klein - Schoharie,, NY

“To the Nelson Family - I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. My memory of him was driving our school bus for many years! He was so kind and...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Diana DeFoe (Wigen) - friend

“Dear Loretta & Family, I was so saddened to hear of Paul's passing. He always had a smile for everyone and ready to help you out. May you find peace...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Kelly Sperbeck - Richmondville, NY

“To the Nelson Family, Sorry to hear of your loss. Paul was a wonderful gentlemen, always helpful. He will sadly missed. God Bless ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Sandra-Lynn VanValkenburgh - NY

“Our thoughts and prays go out to Pauls family .Paul was a very nice man who made anyone who came in his place of business feel welcomed.He will be...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: bob and connie costello - NY


CARLISLE- Paul R. Nelson, 74, of Corbin Hill Rd., died Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY after a brief illness.

Born June 28, 1938 in Gloversville, he was a son of Charles and Edna (Hill) Nelson.

Paul was a 1956 graduate of Perth Central School and in 1958 received his Associate degree in Animal Husbandry from SUNY Cobleskill.

For the past forty-six years he has been the proprietor of Harmony Acres Flower and Craft Shop/Partyland in Cobleskill with his wife working at his side. Paul also owned and operated Scoops Restaurant on Main St. in Cobleskill for five years. Paul had retired as a school bus driver from the former Cobleskill Central School after twenty-eight years of service.

Active in numerous community organizations, Paul was a life member of the Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department for thirty years and served as fire commissioner for twenty-five years. He was a member of the board of directors for the Sunshine Fair for twenty-five years.

In his spare time he found pleasure in gardening and manicuring his lawn, as well as jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and reading.

Survivors include his wife: Loretta (Lighthall) Nelson, whom he married November 18, 1961; his children: Thomas (Terri) of DE, Sherry of FL, Lynn of Cobleskill, Lori (Scott) of Poughkeepsie, Linda (Mike) of Carlisle, Robin of Summit, Robert of FL, and Ronald (Sarah) of TN; his sister: Marilyn (Ted) of Johnstown, and brother: Carl (Mary Ann) of W. VA; twelve grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 pm, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm Street, Cobleskill, with Rev. Donald Klob officiating. A period of visitation will be held at the funeral home from 11am until 1 pm prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marathon for a Better Life, PO Box 268, Warnerville, NY 12187.