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Grace R. Nelson, registered nurse

April 22, 1943 – June 13, 2015

Grace R. Nelson, a longtime registered nurse administrator and supervisor, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital. She was 72.

Born Grace Ranne in Buffalo, Mrs. Nelson graduated from Mount Mercy Academy in 1961. She went on to earn an associate degree in professional nursing from Erie Community College in 1977, and a bachelor of science degree in professional nursing from Daemen College in 1988.

The Orchard Park resident worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute as a staff registered nurse from 1977-79, a nurse supervisor and nurse administrator at West Seneca Developmental Center from 1979-92, and as a nurse administrator for Albion State Correctional Facility from 1992-99 .

In 1996, she received the Erie Community College Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mrs. Nelson owned and managed several rental properties for more than 25 years. She also joined the National Nursing Honor Society in 1997.

Throughout her career, she wrote several proposals to improve training and patient care.

Survivors include her daughter Terri Nelson; a brother, John Ranne; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Sacred Heart, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.