Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 15:01:57 :
Daily Independent Journal
Thursday, October 25, 1973
Mass of the Resurrection for Broder E. Nelson of San Francisco, father of San Quentin instructor Robert E. Nelson, will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Boniface Church in San Francisco.
Nelson, 79, died Tuesday in a Marin hospital after a short illness.
Nelson, a professional singer who used the name of Robert Olsen, performed on radio programs on KFRC from 1925 to 1935. A singer of love ballads, he was best known for his rendition of “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life.”
He made a number of records for the Radio Corporation of America, among them “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.” He also performed on the radio program “Blue Monday Jamboree,” which presented popular singers during the 1920s and 1930s.
He was chosen by KFRC to launch the first radio hook-up from San Francisco to New York in the early 1930s.
Nelson was born in San Francisco and married the late Muriel Nelson there in 1916.
In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Betty Blomquist of Orange County, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today at Godeau Funeral Home in San Francisco. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.
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